Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
a bit of Design

A conversation series inspired by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by Kristen Rodgers

Ladies, Wine & Design was started by Jessica Walsh as an initiative to foster female creativity. Only a tiny percent of creative directors are women, and LW&D wants to help change this through monthly creative meet-ups, mentorship circles, and portfolio reviews. We’ll wine, snack, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a female creative and would like to RSVP, please do email me. It's free to join! 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.
Instagram: @ladieswinedesigndenver
Facebook: Ladies, Wine & Design - Denver (please ask to join group for event updates)

January 18, 6pm Mindfulness & The Creative Mind

Join us in a session about mindfulness and how to take control of your stress and channel it towards creative energies. Noelle Benjamin, owner of SHINE studio & boutique, and Brandee Castle, owner of Judith & Joe, will be talking to us about how to navigate your own path through stress.

February 15, 6pm FROM IDEAS TO IRL: Translating Your Designs into Physical Products

Join us to chat about how to translate your really rad designs into physical products. Coming from different backgrounds and design mindsets, we’ll talk with Taylor Barkin with Moore Collection, Lizzie Greco with Craftbelly and Kiwi Schloffel with Craft Boner about the obstacles, successes and best ways to create and then sell products on different platforms.

March 22, 6pm WO+MAN : How to Balance Feminine & Masculine Energies

We will be having a discussion on balancing feminine and masculine energies. Our friends at SoCap have adopted key strategies to highlight both energies in life and work. They will be sharing their secrets on the most common, but simultaneously taboo concept of women and men finding balance among each other.

April 11, 6pm Let's Do This

Everyone has a story. Rachel Whaley started "Let’s Do This" to connect individuals across the country in creative, non-traditional careers. With a focus on thought leaders, community organizers, creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, LDT is sparking conversation and sharing stories to inspire people to do more creative and impactful work. Join us to learn how Rachel built a personal brand by leveraging her network while connecting people along the way.

May 24, 6pm Roll Out : Self-Care for Creative Babes

Do you sit at your desk all day, errrday? Come roll out your physical and mental stress and sip wine with Leandra, owner of The Fitness Branch! This workshop will demonstrate how to release overused, tight muscles specific to working at your computer or desk. Leandra will give you a toolbox of myofascial release techniques using foam rollers, lacrosse balls and other tools. She has a background in physical therapy and specializes in preventative and rehabilitative movement. Plus, there’s wine!

June 1, 6pm Risky Business : How to be a Creative and an Entrepreneur

Join us in a discussion led by two female business owners, Nicky Alden, owner and partner at Ink Lounge and Maura Gramzinski, owner of Red Camper. They will talk about the risks they’ve tackled starting and running their own businesses, how they’ve faced their fears, and what keeps them moving towards the next big idea or opportunity. They will share personal perspectives on what dictates success, and how they tackle setbacks and more. 

July 12, 6pm From Vision to Expression: Creating Memorable Brand Experiences

Every design element of a three-dimensional space — a hotel, an apartment, a restaurant — has an impact on the guest experience. It all starts with a vision, then evolves into brand ideation, and finally takes shape through interior design, all of which have the ability to tell a unique story about a space. Join Abbey Plonkey — designer, storyteller and OZ Architecture's Director of Brand Experience Design — as we walk through the process of designing memorable brand experiences.

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 We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?
What’s Your Pay Gap?
Brené Brown on The Power of Vulnerability
Where Are All The Women Creative Directors?
Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

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.