Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
Ladies, Wine & a bit of Design

Empowering creative ladies
around the world

Ladies, Wine Design was started by Jessica Walsh after this happened and she realized that sometimes women can be competitive or unsupportive of one another. Only a small percent of creative directors are women, and LW&D wants to help change this through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, talks, and creative meet-ups. In less than two years of launching, we've spread to chapters in over 200 cities all over the world. If you’re a student or creative in NYC and would like to join, please do email us.

Our meetings are inclusive and supportive spaces. They are inclusive of trans, intersex and all nonbinary, agender and gender variant people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of that individual. If you feel that you are included by our gender inclusion policy, you are welcome. If you have any queries regarding our gender inclusion policy, please don’t hesitate to ask questions. Alcohol is entirely optional; you can drink tea, coffee or whatever you like!

NYC Events
March Portfolio Reviews

Bring your portfolio or website and we’ll have a discussion about your work, and and how to shape your portfolio based on your goals. Closed

April Inspiration & Process

Where do ideas come from? How do you start a process in order to come up with a good idea? Bring a project you’re working on, and we’ll discuss the concept and thinking behind it. Closed

May Creative Labels

Art director? Designer? Illustrator? Do you want to specialize, or generalize, or are you unsure? Let’s talk about the pro’s and con’s of both directions, using your existing portfolio as a guide. Opening Soon

June Creative Labels

Art director? Designer? Illustrator? Do you want to specialize, or generalize, or are you unsure? Let’s talk about the pro’s and con’s of both directions, using your existing portfolio as a guide. Opening Soon

July Work in Progress

Bring a piece you’re working on that you need advice on and lets all talk about the work and ideas on how to make it better! Opening Soon

August Designer as Author

As designers we don’t need to only make other peoples brands look great. We can develop our own content & ideas and use design as a tool. Opening Soon

August Taking control of your life & work

Why do we want control, and how do we handle not having it? How is control different in our personal life from our work lives? When should we strive for control and when should we learn to let go? Join Robyn Kanner with Jessica for a conversation about control. Opening Soon

September Social Media

Should social be kept personal or used for work? How can it be used to promote your work, gain feedback from others, and network? Lets discuss! Opening Soon

November Balancing Personal with Professional

How do you manage multiple your personal work with professional work? Sara Blake co-hosts with Jessica for a conversation about finding a balance through both. Opening Soon

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Why are there so few women in leading positions?

There are many reasons for the lack of women in leadership roles historically:


Sexism in the workplace
There are studies that show that companies are often consciously or unconsciously biased towards male candidates, which leads to more males being hired, getting raises and receiving a promotion. While this is changing, there is still a pay gap today between men and women for the same job titles. If you’re in a leadership role, I suggest being cognizant of this bias and making sure raises and promotions are given out based on merit.


Women traditionally holding childbearing responsibilities
Many women start families and have children around the age when their careers might just be starting to take off. As women traditionally have held most or all of the responsibilities for raising children, this has led to a gender imbalance in terms of career success. This has been changing in recent years with many companies offering paternity leave to men as well as women, and hopefully, more and more companies adopt this policy moving forward. In addition, in many modern families, men are splitting or assuming all childbearing responsibilities in their families.


A lack of women mentors or idols historically
Open a design history book, and you’ll see that almost all the famous designers mentioned are men. The design industry used to be a boys club at the top, and with a lack of women mentors to idolize, this can deter younger girls from creative positions when they don’t see other ladies at the top. This has of course been changing quickly, in fact, many of our favourite designers who are working today are other women! We can continue to push forward by championing and celebrate other women’s success and offer guidance and mentorship for creative ladies starting out in their careers. If you’re a woman in the creative industry and can offer your mentorship or guidance to other women or girls, do contact us to get involved!

What can I do to help change the numbers?

While the numbers are staggering simple things can change them:


Promote Women vs. Tearing Them Down

Successful women are shown to receive more backlash compared to successful men. Root for other women and celebrate other women’s success, instead of tearing women down. We can all help in various ways, big or small. Share your favourite women designers on your social media, invite more women to your design conferences, make sure to include more women in books on design, and so on. Sometimes women can be competitive and unsupportive of each other unconsciously because our chances of success in the industry are so much slimmer than our male counterparts’. However, if we channel this competitiveness inwards and focus on ourselves and working with other women, we can accomplish so much more.


Leadership at Companies

As a leader, make sure women are considered for promotions, receive feedback to get to higher positions and create action plans helping women build skills to grow as leaders. Do not penalize or discredit people for needing work-life balance and flexibility.


Support Women in the Workplace

Be supportive of other women in your workspace. Many times women’s voices are not heard or their ideas get lost in meetings. Make sure women have their physical spot in conversations, not getting elbowed out by others. If someone interrupts her, be direct and ask the interrupter to wait for his turn to speak. If a woman’s idea gets immediately shut down, repeat, reference and credit that idea over and over. This technique is called amplification and we owe this to the Obama’s administration.


Mentor Women

If you’ve found success as a creative lady, take the time to mentor other ladies who are starting out in their careers, or younger girls interested in creative fields.


Don’t Tolerate Sexism

Do not normalize forms of sexism by accepting mansplaining, manterrupting, gaslighting or bropriating.


The act of explaining things in a condenscent way to a woman immediately assuming she does not have sufficient knowledge about a certain topic.


Unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man, who assumes he needs to “educate” her. Then he explains obvious things to women as they are incapable of understanding it.


It is the emotional violence of manipulating a woman making her question her own sanity or capacity. Do you know that guy who calls all women “crazy”? He is the personification of gaslighting.


It happens when a man appropriates of a woman’s idea and takes credit for it.

Is there really still a pay gap between men and women?

Women earn less than men in 439 of 446 major U.S. occupations. As designers women earn 79% of their male counterparts. The average for men is $55,835 and $43,845 for women. The most effective way to change the pay gap in the industry is hiring women, paying attention to their results and efforts and rewarding equally. It sounds simple but we are not always aware of how much unconscious misogyny we might have. That means constantly questioning ourselves and making equality a central topic in our lives.

Besides the pay gap, how do women experience sexism at work?

Sexual harassment is still a central major problem. 75% of women who experience sexism do not report it because of embarrassment or to feel threatened to not get a promotion or even be fired. But even when they do little is done. More than half of the official allegations of sexual harassments result in no charge.

Motherhood also plays a big role in the industry as a woman with children has less chance to be hired. When women and men finish school and start working the gap is not that large in comparison to the next decades.

I am not sexist. Or am I?

Most people won’t deliberately identify themselves as misogynists. So why is there so much sexism in the industry? Well, there’s something called unconscious bias. That means that even if you believe women and men are equal, the world we live in has sexist roots. Chances are that your preferences, perspectives, associations, roles and behaviours were heavily influenced by a sexist culture.

Unconscious bias can manifest in different ways, whether resisting to trust the choices of a woman or even responding different to her than you would to a man. Even Anne Hathaway went through that.

How do I have THE talk? How to tell a co-worker he/she is sexist.

Everyone wants to be kind and treat others equally. When someone has a negative attitude it might be hard for them to assume it because they don’t always identify themselves as sexists. To avoid a defensive reaction and no productive results try to point out the bad consequences of their attitudes to others instead of simply saying they are sexists. This does not mean by any way being soft with misogyny, but rather make sure you disagree with the attitude itself – not the whole person.

Is Ladies, Wine & Design a feminist project?

Yes! And you know what? You are probably a feminist too! Do you think women should earn the same salary as men to work in the same positions? Do you think women should be able to vote? Should women have the right to manage their money? Should women be heard and be credited for their ideas? Should they be able to choose when and if they want to be mothers?If you answered yes to all those questions, congratulations! You are a feminist and you believe women and men should have equal rights.

How can I support or join Ladies, Wine & Design?

There are many ways you can support us!


Join Your Local Chapter 

We have a map on our homepage, check it out to see if you have a local LW&D chapter in your city. If you do, make sure to attend an event and ask the hosts if you can assist them in any way!


Start a Local Chapter 

If your city doesn’t have a local chapter and you want to be a host, email us at and we’ll get you started!



If you have space you can offer up in your city for events, or can provide free wine or food for one of our events, do contact us about sponsorships! We’re happy to give lots of social media love in exchange for your support. We’re also looking for larger corporate sponsors to help with bigger events. Email us at if you’d like to partner with us.


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