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.
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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.

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.