Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design | Boston

Created by Jessica Walsh | Hosted by Steph Paulovich & Amy Parker for Boston Designers

A salon night held monthly. We'll have drinks and casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you're a designer, product designer, creative director, fine artist, art director, film maker, UX designer, photographer, craftswoman, illustrator, production designer or student and would like to join, please email us: It's free and reservations are first come, first serve. If you'd like to host us in your space, teach a workshop, or lead a discussion, please get in touch! We'd love to hear from you. Join our mailing list for info on our events and happenings:

August 24, 2017 | 6:30-9:00 Keynote Presentation: Martina Flor @ TypeCon Boston: Grand Ballroom A Park Plaza Hotel 50 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

Wow, what luck! TypeCon is in Boston and we are all meeting up to see Martina Flor speak about her design work.This event is open to the public.

Cost: $10.00 (Free if you’re a registered TypeCon attendee)

Email us at if you want to join a group of us so we know to find you.

Register here:

October 12, 2017 | 6:30-8:00 Purge the Fear. Quit Your Job and Start a Design Practice. @ Committee Boston, 50 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

This country was built on the idea of entrepreneurship. Previous generations worked for quality life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Most importantly, they worked for future generations. Do you think about future generations of designers? How do you empower others or how do you want to start? Let's talk about the entrepreneur mindset, and how to cultivate it if you're thinking about that leap.

Email us at if you want to join us for this discussion. Space is limited to 8 women.

November 16, 2017 | 7:00-8:30 Being Uncomfortable.

Designers are great at discomfort in the creative space but what about your creative position in the workplace? Do you work more than 40 hours a week? Have you been put down because of your race or gender? Have you experienced micro-aggression? Let's talk about your rights as, first, an American citizen and second, a woman within the institution. Discomfort stays within the creative realm. No exceptions.

January 11, 2018 | 7:00-8:30 Confidence.

Join us for a night of discussion dedicated to helping women
find their voice early on in their creative careers.

We will address keeping confident while at the bottom of the totem pole,
showing vulnerability without being perceived as weak,
staying open to new experiences at work when you're nervous,
and learning to say no to avoid having your work be taken advantage of.


February 8, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 Iris! A film screening to defeat the gray.


It's cold. It's dark. Cambridge is dull and gray. That's why we need Iris. If you're a lover of creativity (and Iris), join us as we watch this splendid film, fill our lives with some color and joy, and make new friends.

It's free but BYOB and perhaps a snack that makes you happy for everyone to share so that they can be happy too! Happiness!

Please RSVP through evenbrite:

Thanks to IDEO for hosting!

April 12, 2018 | 7:00-8:30 Are Design Inspiration Blogs So Passé?

Let’s talk about your creative process and how you find inspiration in the real world. What challenges do you face? Do ideas come easy? Do you peruse them? What barriers are you fighting? Let’s discuss real life inspirations that have surprised us.

May 31, 2018 | 7:00-8:30 Designscapes. How your Design Job in Boston is Influenced by Tech.

Boston is full of tech and innovation, and we've seen a boom in the past few years. Let's have a discussion on the designscape of Boston you’ve noticed, and talk specifically about the visual work you do. How does technology play a role in your daily life? How has it enabled or restricted your visual design practice?

Location: Upstatement, 133 Portland Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

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June 28, 2018 | 7:00-8:30 Internships. Spec Work. Working for Free.

To succeed as a young designer you not only need a degree in design but you need an internship, or two, or… Wait did they say I need a real design job before my first design job? We’ll discuss why it’s not okay to work for free, do spec design work or feel shy to send out an invoice. We will talk about setting expectations with clients, and how to guarantee payment. Most importantly, you’ll come out knowing why free work hurts the entire industry.

Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after reflecting on why there are so few women creative directors. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. We couldn't agree more, and we also think it would be fun to meet other lady designers, so we reached out and started a Boston chapter.

Read her original musings and check out other cities' Ladies, Wine, & Design below:

Ladies Wine and Design

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. Here are a few women we have admired, worked with, or are excited to see grow in their career! Email us at: if you want to nominate someone for this list -- It's work in progress.