Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design

A conversation series inspired by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by Kristen Rodgers & Emily Johnston

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. 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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August 20, 6:30pm Showing Up For Ourselves

The awesome achievements of women are historically documented, yet there is always more to be done. In this hands on, experiential, interactive presentation, Valerie J. Shinbaum, MS, LPC, MAC, NCC, a practicing psychotherapist since 1992, will discuss tips, tools and takeaway techniques for making female self-empowerment a daily priority.

We are living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty in our future, with cultural shifts and change. Ms. Shinbaum will walk us through how we start out strong, where the obstacles show up, what happens when we allow those obstacles to sideline us from the ongoing forward journey, and how to get back on track.

Join us in our first ever virtual Ladies, Wine & Design Denver meet-up with Valerie J. Shinbaum, MS, LPC, MAC, NCC, a Licensed Professional Counselor who has spoken at local and national conferences and is known for her informative and meaningful dialogue. For more information on Ms. Shinbaum, visit her website at

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*Since we will not be meeting in person, please have a drink of your choice on hand! We look forward to seeing you online. Cheers!

October 21, 5:30pm Creating a Business and Brand from Scratch

Have you ever wanted to start and brand your own business? Ladies, Wine & Design Denver invites you to join us in a panel discussion with two talented businesswomen who can walk you through the inception of a business, building a brand, and maintaining an engaged audience. Esther Lee Leach of Cherry Creek Fashion Magazine and Stacy Taubman of RISE Collaborative will be speaking at this month’s in-person event.

Esther Lee Leach is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Cherry Creek Fashion Magazine. Her initiative has provided insightful exposure to business owners, artists, designers, and fashion leaders within the Cherry Creek neighborhood. She is also a board member for Cherry Arts, a member of the Women’s Committee for the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce, co-host of “Wait, Is This Thing On” podcast, and freelance writer for Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine.

Stacy Taubman is the founder and CEO of RISE Collaborative, a women’s co-working workspace based in Denver and St. Louis, that wants to help empower women in business, build social capital, and create meaningful connections among individuals and businesses. RISE Collaborative Workspace has been featured in publications including NBC News, USA Today, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, and ELLE Magazine.

*We will be meeting in person, this month! As a local networking chapter, we will be asking all who join to follow CDC regulations during this event. Attendees will be required to socially distance 6 feet from each person, wear a mask, and provide their own food and drink. Please do not attend if you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms. Let’s all contribute in maintaining a fun and safe environment.

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

We're working on a list of creative women that we feel are admirable and inspirational. Please email if you would like to nominate someone.