Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design

A conversation series inspired by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by Kristen Rodgers & Anne Herring

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 17, 6:30pm Live Wild, Work Wild

Our creative energy has the power to shift perspectives, reimagine systems, and solve the big problems in this life. But too often patterns emerge in civilized society that stifle the flow of our wildest dreams. Product design, like all creative work - requires the obliteration of restraining boundaries. To do our best work as creative professionals, we need to practice embodying our soul selves through living wild. Join Emily McCammon, UX/UI & Product Design consultant, teacher and podcast co-host to celebrate letting your wild energy flow.

General Assembly
3858 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

February 7, 6:30pm Collab Don't Compete

No matter who you are, it's easy to see other women succeeding (on Instagram or IRL) and immediately feel jealousy or resentment towards them. We’re all guilty of it — but it’s time to realize that jealousy is our biggest kryptonite when it comes to succeeding in the business world.

“Collab Don’t Compete“ is all about how to overcome that icky feeling towards other successful women, make an effort to collaborate in a mutually beneficial way, and ultimately emerge a more empowered, confident womanpreneur. To start this important dialogue, we’ll be hearing from Niki Robins (co-founder of Spectacle Marketing) and her own personal story as it relates to female collaboration, facilitating group conversations using unique prompts, and allow time for networking as well.

When we feel love, we open ourselves up to more opportunities, more abundance, more wealth, more joy – literally, more everything. And when we hold onto jealousy, we just end up burning ourselves. When we as women come together to support one another, burst through glass ceilings, and tell our own unique stories, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

Improper City
3201 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

March 21, 6:30pm Life Beyond The Logo

There are many moving parts to design and branding; and spoiler…having a cool logo won’t make you the next Nike or Apple. We tend to overthink the process of branding to the point that we get away from the "brass tacks" of it all and the strategy to complement it. Whether it is design for the digital world or a tangible interaction, it all comes down to how something makes us feel. Becky Mickletz, with ReMickz Marketing, will share tips and tricks from her experience to approach the fonts, the colors, and the nitty-gritty details that will make all the difference in enhancing your brand experience. She will dive into every moving piece of your brand, and how applying strategies like simply changing a font could completely elevate your brand's message.

Ace Eat Serve
501 East 17th Ave., Denver, CO 80203

April 18, 6:30pm Creating Magic : Harness Your Creativity in a Letterpress Workshop

The word "creativity" is BIG. Sometimes it's intimidating. Sometimes it flows freely. Sometimes we feel like we don't have "it" at all. But no matter what, creativity takes courage and pushing our own boundaries. Join us April 18th to dive into the idea of "creativity" and all that it encompasses with Jason Wedekind of Genghis Kern Design & Letterpress. A storyteller at heart, Jason will give everyone an opportunity to reflect on their own creative process by diving into his. He'll not only describe how he came to own multiple antique letterpresses, but he will shed some light into this own creative process and how it infuses his work - all within the confines of an old furniture store turned co-working space and workshop. It's one of our coolest venues yet!

Not only will you get a chance to hear from Jason, but you'll also have the opportunity to turn your creative reflections into art. Everyone will go home with a custom letterpress print that attendees get to MAKE! So come sip wine with us, reflect on the creative process and get ready to create. Literally.

In an effort to cover materials and wine costs, we ask that each attendee bring $10 cash at the door. Due to the size and nature of this event, we are capping attendance at EIGHT PEOPLE. Register now to reserve your spot.

Ghengis Kern Letterpress & Design
2626 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

May 16, 6:30pm The Myth of Overnight Success

So many of us are struggling at day jobs and want to make the leap to our own businesses as an expression of who we are, our creativity — we want to start something of our own and we want to make it work. In our interconnected world, we’re constantly barraged with messages from well-meaning life coaches and entrepreneurs who tell us to "Take the leap!", "Go for it!" and "Lean in!" We’re surrounded by so many examples of success on social media and we begin to feel like making it happen NOW is the only way we’re ever going to achieve our dreams.

Join us on May 16th with metalsmith and designer Amanda Pehrson from small-batch jewelry shop Fancy Boheme. Amanda will discuss candidly some of her earliest business follies and frustrations, and how they ultimately led her to embrace the long game of building a business sustainably (and sanely) over time. "The Myth of Overnight Success", is here to help you redefine what "going for it" really means for you and your long-term business goals, how to use your day job(s) as an advantage to taking risks without losing it all, and ultimately, how to protect your passion + creativity while balancing multiple priorities.

Midnight Rambler
2220 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

June 20, 6:30pm So You're An Imposter : What to Do Now That You Know

For most of us, simply knowing that Imposter Syndrome exists isn't enough to actually fix it. Each day the inner critic inside of us seems to gain more evidence of our personal fraud and eventual failure, to the point that the voice, if anything, is getting louder.

Join Nick Anderson, Senior UX Instructor and Experienced Failure, as he talks through the methods he uses to help his students come to terms with their dual existence - as vessels of both success and failure. Crafted from his own decade of wins and losses in the tech industry, he'll share insight and methods to learn how to reason with your imposter syndrome, rather than trying to ignore it.

This event is BYOB. We will provide cups and corkscrews!

Speaker Info:


Twitter: @NickisTweeting

General Assembly
3858 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

July 25, 6:30pm Practice to Professional: Manifesting Your Ideal Creative Career

We are oftentimes told that you won't make money as a creative. Even in art/design school, the 'starving artist' mentality is oftentimes perpetuated. But, what if it didn't have to be that way? What if we could build the career of our dreams AND make good money all while continuing to create the work that inspires and fulfills us?

Join Adam Vicarel, of Vicarel Studios, in this conversation about how branding and marketing yourself, connecting with people, and taking risks can help set you down the path to successfully and intentionally building your ideal career.

3401 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

August 29, 6pm Booze & Schmooze

Join us for our 2nd annual Booze & Schmooze event at Denver’s newest wine and tapas bar, Barcelona. Take this opportunity to imbibe with local female creatives over hand-selected spanish wines and delicious tapas at a casual happy hour meet-up. We will be gathering in Barcelona’s exclusive event space and hearing from female leaders in the hospitality industry to kick off the night. Please make sure to RSVP a spot as we have limited openings.

2900 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

September 11, 6:30pm Keeping It Real Beyond The Highlight Reel

Raise your hand if you scroll through your Instagram or Facebook feed right before bed. These feeds are just a highlight reel for brands, friends and family. The behind-the-scenes doesn’t get posted, and if it does, it’s not really the ugly truth, more like a less-perfect version of the same photo. The blood, sweat, and tears of the thing, be it a tough project, business ownership, kid rearing, or just day-to-day life is hidden behind a nice curtain. Let’s change the way we interact with each other, especially in Denver, to make sure we’re taking care of each other and more importantly, cultivating our own meaningful communities beyond the highlight reel.

@Madison Cleo with MadCleo Marketing will help you learn how to approach people, make meaningful connections by being a *little* vulnerable, and let you in on some of the realness of #freelancelife.

5126 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

October 22, 6:30pm From Manic To Magnetic

You are the culmination of the hopes and desires of generations before you — yet are you feeling spread thin, hard on yourself, anxious about how you’re perceived at work? Led by Liz Meitus, Creative Director of both Carbonite and Webroot, this interactive workshop will provide simple tools to shift your energy and attract your next steps as an innovator and leader. Don’t miss this opportunity to dive into the depths of YOU and become a visionary for your own creative future.

This event is BYOB. Please arrive with your drink of choice. We will provide cups, corkscrews, bottle openers, etc.

General Assembly
3858 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

November 7, 6:30pm Cut the Cord: Becoming a Magnet for Abundance

Spreadsheets, invoices, outreach, project management, CPAs, contracts, LinkedIn, hustle, self-help books, social media promotion, business books ––Snoreeee. The masculine modems that run your business –– boring AND hella necessary. But what about intuition, boundaries, daydreaming, exploration, reflection, guided goal setting? What about the feminine modems that can propel your business? These words aren’t limited to the Sunday-night-epsom-salt-self-care-journaling nights. In a patriarchal society, we’ve limited our businesses by steering them with only one eye open.

This is an interactive workshop—not only about creating more financial success but understanding what abundance actually is (it's more than just dollars). What practices have we neglected? Running a business isn’t just about how often you touch it, how often you communicate with clients, how many big contracts you sign, how organized you are –– it includes the clarity on where you are headed, what your priorities are, your REAL why, and how to revisit those objectives more often than Jan 1. Let’s get out of the hamster wheel we get caught in and discover the sweet spot where it’s hard to decipher if you’re working or living. Let's define and find your abundance.

Charley Co.
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216

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.