Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &

A conversation series inspired by Jessica Walsh.
Hosted by Alaina Rhind & Gail Anderson

Ladies, Wine & Design is a global initiative for female creatives to have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. Our local evening conversations are held bi-monthly, with limited numbers. If you are a creative or a student and would like to join us, you can email us here. It’s free and reservations are on a first come, first served basis. And Ladies... self-definition is at the sole discretion of the individual.

You can also follow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date, we’re currently developing our Christchurch events schedule so stay tuned. If you'd like to host us in your space, share your craft, be a mentor, or lead a discussion, please get in touch.
We are looking for local creative women in a variety of fields to share their skills, so if you are interested in leading a discussion please let us know. Alternatively if you are a local graphic designer and would like to mentor students or younger designers, please get in touch as we are working to setup a support network for women starting out in the industry.

Wednesday July 15, 5.30-7.30pm Start the conversation

Join us for our launch event!

While our ongoing events will be smaller with more targeted topics, for the launch event we were keen to get as many of you lovely ladies along as possible to 'Start the conversation'.

We will hear from one of our hosts Gail Anderson on gender inequality in the design industry and her experiences working the local market for the last 35 years, followed by plenty of time for everyone to converse over a wine or whatever you would like to drink.

Where: Parlour - at OGB, Heritage Hotel, 30/28 Cathedral Square.

The awesome team at OGB have offered to host us in their private bar ‘Parlour’, nibbles will be provided and drinks can be purchased at the bar throughout the night.

There are limited numbers so please RSVP if you are interested.

Unfortunately the RSVP form below doesn't always submit. We are trying to get this fixed with the parent website in NYC, but if you are having any trouble please email us here to be popped on the RSVP list.

Early - mid September - TBC Designer Dinner series #1

Our topic for the night is 'The Creative Industry: the good, the bad and the ugly'.

We are inviting local femal graphic designers to share their stories over dinner to discuss the local landscape. Particularly - what works, what we are doing to change what doesn't work and how we can make it better for young women stepping into the industry. With the current climate we’ll also delve into thoughts on what the future holds for creative agency roles and how can we support each other creatively and mentally.

The first of our dinner series is open to practicing graphic designers, freelance or agency based, with over 5 years experience. Limited to a maximum of 12 people. With the current alert levels we are still working out the details, but will be in touch soon. If you would like to register your interest you can email us here.
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Late September/October - TBC Continue the conversation

With such a great turn out for our first group event we wanted to continue the momentum and provide a second larger event for creative women from a variety of fields to interact and empower each other.
We are currently working on finalising a date and the event format but will have details shortly. The event will be limited to 30, if you would like to register your interest you can email us here. Remember to let us know if you have any ideas, or there are particular topics you would like to hear about for future events.
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Anytime Empowering each other - Project & portfolio reviews

In a bid to make positive change happen, we are looking to initiate supportive mentorship circles. If you are a student or practising creative and would like some feedback on your work, or are interested in private creative discussions with other supportive females in your field, get in touch and we will try and put you together with the right person. You can email us here.

Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few female Creative Directors. She believes we can create change through mentorship and championing each others' work. We are inspired by Jessica's global call for open conversations on design and it is our hope to bring exceptionally talented women together.

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. If you want to learn more, here are some inspirational articles:

What's your Pay Gap?
Feminist Fight Club
Exploring gender and compensation
Gender Disparities in the Design Field
Where Are All The Women Creative Directors?

At LWD we want to create a warm, open and honest environment where women can champion each other, if you have any work you would like to share or any female creatives local and worldwide who you think are doing amazing things let us know so we can profile them here and on Instagram.