Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design Chicago
A conversation series for Chicago Creatives
A monthly meetup for creative ladies. We'll wine, dine, and have casual conversations and activities relating to creativity, business, and life. If you're a female student or creative and would like to join, please RSVP. It's free and reservations are first come, first serve.
January 10, 6-9pm
Letterpress Studio Tour
Join us at Steel Petal Press for a tour from the owner, Shayna! We'll see the ins and outs of how this awesome studio & retail shop is run. We'll head to Revolution Brewing next door for drinks afterwards. CLOSED
February 8, 6:30-9:30pm
Handmade Valentines Workshop
Location: Steep Petal Press
Special Guest Host: Shayna Norwood
Time to spread the love! We'll hand craft some cards and enjoy sips & snacks. Make some extra so we can send them to Lurie Children's too! Cost covers materials, drinks & snacks. CLOSED
March 22, 6-8pm
Special Guest Host: Jennifer Hines
We all have dreams. But somehow along the way, we can begin to fear taking the risks necessary to make those dreams a reality. We'll hear from fashion designer Angela Wang, as she shares about the risks she's taken to get where she is today. CLOSED
April 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: X • Angela Wang Showroom
Special Guest Host: Angela Wang
Accountability and productivity... two of the toughest challenges to face as an entreprenuer! Join us for a conversation with two Chicago-based small business owners as they share tips about how to stay productive and hold yourself accountable when you are your own boss.CLOSED
May 16, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Fuzzy Math
Special Guest Host: Michelle Starbuck Amos & Emily Wentz
Join us as we hear from the esteemed Katherine Darnstadt of Latent Design. She'll share about the work she's done in Chicago and the impact its having on our community. CLOSED
June 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Exhilaration & Rage
Location: Project Management Advisors
Special Guest Host: Katherine Darnstadt
There's a lot going on in the world. And with so much stimulation, a lot of emotions can be stirred up. Join us at Digital Kitchen where Kelly Dorsey will lead the discussion on finding meaning in design, Trump’s America and more! CLOSED
July 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Lessons in Freelance
Location: Digital Kitchen
Special Guest Host: Kelly Dorsey
Are you a freelancer struggling to find your voice? Afraid to leave your job to illustrate full time? Join us at Designation to hear from Shauna Lynn as she shares all about her experiences working as a freelance artist. CLOSED
Sept 5, 5:30-7:30
Pathway to a Career in UX
Special Guest Host: Shauna Lynn
“User Experience Design” has become increasingly broad and complex as the demand for UX Designers rises. Join the conversation with designers at Sprout Social to talk about how the industry has evolved, what it means to be a UX Designer today, and how might one start a new career in UX. CLOSED
Nov 15, 6:30-8:30
Plan Tomorrow Today
Location: Sprout Social
Special Guest Hosts: Boo Fagan, Erinn Dornaus, Jing Guo, Rachel Sinon
You’re an ambitious multi-passionate person. You’re fueled by a desire to do more, create more and be more. But something’s missing. Maybe it’s accountability, focus or clarity. You need motivation, and an action plan. Plan Tomorrow Today is for people who crave clarity, purpose and direction to build a roadmap for their next 90-days.CLOSED
Feb 20, 6:30-8:30
Finding Your Voice
Location: Second Shift
Special Guest Host: Lisa Guillot
Writer Britt Julious joins us to talk about finding your unique voice and perspective as a creative, and how to leverage it in your professional (and personal) life!
Mar 21, 6:30-8:30
So what does it mean to be a "real" industrial designer?
Location: The Living Room
Special Guest Hosts: Britt Julious
This event will feature 4 panelists from the industrial design industry who will discuss what it means to be a "real" industrial designer, with the goal of squashing the notion that you have to fit into one specific box in order to be considered a true industrial designer.
Apr 18, 6:30-8:30
Creating Amazing: The Making of A Femtrepreneur
Location: The Living Room
Special Guest Hosts: Liz Daily, Kim Wilkens, Kelly Lin & Emily Taylor
We all love hearing stories about successful businesswomen - but how did they get where they are?
Andrea Herrera of Amazing Edibles joins LWD Chicago to help remove the mystery around becoming an entrepreneur, covering topics such as being a woman entrepreneur, starting your own business, customer acquisition and retention, and pathways through passion projects
Location: Amazing Edibles
Special Guest Hosts: Andrea Herrera
Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading 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 to her and tada - Ladies, Wine & Design Chicago was born.
12 Kinds of Kindness
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Ad Age: What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?
Read her original musings and more:
Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, the people we could be most inspired by most are other talented ladies. Let's build a list of women we have admired, worked with, or had our eyes on! Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list, especially women in Chicago.