Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design

A conversation series inspired by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by 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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April 27th, 5:30pm Design Portfolio Review

Please RSVP Here

Your portfolio is the visual representation of you as a designer — the culmination of the work you've done, the work you hope to get, and the work you love doing. It's time to put these pieces on display and receive the critique and constructive feedback you need to take your work to the next level. Becca Reitz, an illustrator and Creative Director who's been in the field for 7+ years, will be conducting your review. She has landed a number of her dream clients + projects and is eager to help you navigate and craft your portfolio to land the work you find most rewarding.

Portfolios are not a one-size-fits-all category. Whether it's a website, Instagram page, or Behance profile — the digital landscape today makes the presentation of our work much more flexible. Different clients are looking in different spaces. Bring whatever form of your portfolio best displays your work.

This is a chance to receive both a one-on-one evaluation of your work from a design professional while also connecting with other designers in the community about your portfolio, the leads you're hoping to snag, and the human reality of being a designer in the current landscape.

**Note: Even if you are looking to build a portfolio, are a student, or are early in your career—bring pieces you're hoping to create a portfolio with and we'll direct you regardless. You don't have to be far along to receive feedback!

Tips for the review:
• Please prepare a digital version of your portfolio that can be shared with ease. (Feel free to present a website, proposal, Instagram page, Behance profile — whatever you feel best showcases your work)
• Be prepared to chat through a few pieces, you will have a ~10min slot with the reviewer.
• Prompts for additional feedback with other participants will be provided if you are looking for further critique.

This event will be held at Nurture

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.