Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design

A conversation series inspired by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by LWDBK.

A monthly event series with a small group of creative ladies. We’ll wine, dine, and have casual conversations and workshops on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a female student or creative and would like to join, click here.

If you'd like to host us in your space, share your craft, be a mentor, or lead a discussion, please do get in touch.

January 31st, 2018 2018 Kickoff

Come wine, dine, and talk design with your favorite community of creative women. We’re hosting our first event of the year at One Bedford. This will be a casual evening of schmoozing and boozing (shop talk optional). The Haiku Poets are also joining us to create real time haiku poems for our attendees.

February 28th, 2018 Fast Chats

Join us for an evening of short conversations with 5 creative ladies who are forces in their respective industries. Bring those burning questions and get answers, and who knows, maybe make some lifelong connections. The talented ladies leading discussions include: Jess Williams, Noemie Le Coz, Kara Cohen, Ilana Kruger, and Yannell Rodriguez

March 29th, 2018 Flaunt Your WIP

Bring a piece you are working on and talk it out. It could be a poster, a website, a sketch, a post-it with ideas. . . anything at all. There’s only one rule: it has to be unfinished. Who knows, perhaps that piece you have been stuck on for months will finally come to fruition.

April 19th, 2018 Diversity in Design

Join us for a discussion on diversity in design. This important topic will be lead by a powerful line up including: Jennifer Rittner, Tahnee Pantig, and Ajay Revels, and Celine Semaan Vernon. These women will share their research and experiences on breaking down marginalization. We hope you'll leave more inspired than ever to support diversity and inclusiveness in the creative industry.

May 23rd, 2018 Ready, Set, Launch

Join us as we discuss how to transform ideas into successful products. We will be joined by two talented female entrepreneurs who will walk us through their launch process, struggles, and success stories.

Eva Goicochea and Dina Epstein are the co-founders of Maude, a premium line of adult sex products. In addition to Maude, Eva has launched Tinker, a line of clean and timeless customizable watches. Dina, on the other hand, is the face behind Clark & Madison, a line of sustainably sourced artisanal leather goods.

June 27th, 2018 Beyond Design

What really goes into building a memorable brand identity or creating a successful campaign? A creative brief that seems like a simple design ask could involve months of research, strategy, writing, and planning--before even getting to the design stage. And when you run your own agency, you must become a Jill-of-all-trades.

Two amazing female leaders join us for our Beyond Design discussion:
Katie Klencheski, founder of SMAKK Studios, and
Maria Bonello, UX designer and strategist.

August 23rd, 2018 Designing for Lady Parts

When you have to go see the gyno do you cringe and think of 1 million ways the experience could be improved? Who designed the speculum anyway?

Well, you’re not alone my loves. Not only do most women fear going to a healthcare provider (or not have access to one) but the women of Tia have decided to do something about the situation. We’ll be hosting a panel with the design minds behind Tia, the first health experience built for women by women.

September 8th, 2018 Reflect & Project

Join us for an easy 3 hour hike (+1 hour for lunch) in the beautiful surroundings of Cold Springs.
We will meet at 10:30 at Grand Central and return by approximately 6 pm. We will be discussing the overarching topic: Reflect and Project! As fall approaches, Mars goes direct and puts us all back into doing mode, we want to take the time to reflect in nature and the company of brilliant ladies and create a couple of personal action statements. This shared journey will be fun and hopefully, leave us all grounded and inspired! This walk and discussion will be guided by Piera Wolf and
Marianne Aerni.

September 20th, 2018 Letterpress to Impress

We have been generously invited by Bessie Anderson of B.Impressed Shop for a tour and workshop at Woodside Press in Brooklyn’s Navy yard. Bessie combines her experience of working with 2D and 3D type to design anything from logos to websites. At this event, we will learn the nuances of working with metal type and how it has influenced the typography we use today, as well as how we can still pull inspiration to improve our skills and add a hand-felt touch. For all of you print fanatics, we will also run a few prints through the press to take home.

October 24th, 2018 Battling Creative Block

Are you stuck? Uninspired? Creatively burned out? Are you terrified of presenting in front of your peers?

Welcome to a night on battling the creative block.

We have partnered up with THAT [Technology, Humans & Taste] to bring you Dim Sum. We will do some low stakes aggressive brainstorming and exercise our creativity to come up with some unexpectedly bad ideas. It’s gonna be great.

What is Dim Sum Club?
Dim Sum Club is a weekly creative problem solving meet-up hosted by THAT. Each week the process stays the same; the members, truths, problems and concepts change. It's a bite-size of our more in-depth creative process called Dim Sum.

November 8th, 2018 Aligning Expectations and Measuring Results

What is a creative brief? Why do you need one? When do you write one? Learn how to improve how you collaborate with your clients to develop smartly-crafted creative briefs that achieve results. Creative briefs are typically repetitive, long-winded, over reaching, and, at worse, a manifestation of corporate politics and insecurities. The best creative briefs provide a clear set of expectations and define measurable objectives to guide the progress and success of a project. As an added benefit, the creative brief and the development process can express and support the value and power of thoughtful, strategic design in achieving creative and results-driven solutions.

Jessica Walsh noticed that she is one of very few women creative directors. She believes that we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. Here are some things that inspired her, as well as our own take on the matter, if you want to learn more:

What's Your Pay Gap?
Brené Brown on The Power of Vulnerability
Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
This is the city with the largest percentage of women-led startups (spoiler, it's Brooklyn!)
Exploring Gender and Compensation
Where Are All The Women Creative Directors?

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry despite the overwhelming evidence that diversity is directly correlated to an organization's success. However, we find the people we're inspired by most are often other talented ladies. Here are a few women we admire, work with, or have our eyes on! Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list.