Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design

A conversation series
founded by Jessica Walsh
hosted by Jesse Weser & Jessica Bains

A salon night limited to eight creative ladies. We’ll wine, dine, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a female creative or student and would like to join, please RSVP. It’s free and reservations are first come, first serve.

May 25, 2017 | 7pm Charlotte Kick-Off

Welcome to our inaugural event, where we hope you will help us dream of future topics, workshops and overall vision for this conversation series.

We invite a curious group of women to chat about the current climate of design, especially in Charlotte, and our role in a creating a better future.

Oct 19, 2017 | 7pm Creative Guilt

What is "creative guilt?" Have you experienced it? How do you overcome it?

Join us for a discussion on "creative guilt" and other topics in design.

May 24, 2018 | 7pm $$$

As designers women earn 79% of their male counterparts. The average for men is $55,835 and $43,845 for women.

Join us for a discussion on wages and worth.


Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after realizing only a tiny percent of creative directors are women. LW&D wants to help change this through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, and creative meet-ups.

So why add more Jess's into this mix? Sure – we love design, wine and conversation (who doesn't?), but those statistics scare us. We believe it is important to do something about the gaps and hurdles we face as women in this field. We don’t want to focus just on the negatives of our challenge though, we want to be part of the solution (or at least the conversation).

Ladies Wine and Design (NYC)
Where Are All of the Women Creative Directors?
Design Census 2016
What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?

Numbers show that there is a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. We are working on a list of women in Charlotte that we admire. Email us at if you want to nominate someone for this list.