Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design

A conversation series for Edmonton creatives
Hosted by Natasia Martin & Alex DesCôtes
Founded by Jessica Walsh

A semi-monthly salon night held in Edmonton that brings up to 10 creative ladies together. We’ll wine, dine, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a female creative or student and would like to join, connect with us below for updates on our upcoming events. Reservations are first come, first serve. Please get in touch if you'd like to host us in your space, teach a workshop, or be a guest speaker.

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September 16, 2020 • 7:00PM What We Didn't Learn in Design School

Vikki Wiercinski of Mezzaluna Studio (and Royal Bison, among other things) will be sharing some of the things she's learned since graduation. Some of the topics she'll be touching on include adapting to "the new normal", why you should build multiple revenue streams, how to stay nimble, and accommodating changing platforms or client requests.


May 20, 2020 • 7:00pm Value & Pricing

This month we have Amanda Wagner of The Complement guiding us through some tips and tricks on Value & Pricing. We'll be discussing how we can reframe the way we think about sales and service, talk about why pricing is so hard, consider how we can speak to value beyond price, and tips on setting price as designers!

March 8, 2020 • 6:00pm International Women's Day

Join us Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at Sea Change Brewery for beers and casual hangouts with our faves Women Can Design and Womentor! The best part: you DON'T need a ticket! ⠀

February 19, 2020 • 7:00pm Productivity Hacks

How do you manage your time to be the most productive? How do you organize your design work? How do you set goals for projects and for your self-employment? Which tools are useful and which aren't? How do you build your own sustainable structure to stay focused with ease? Let us share our experiences and practices!

November, 2019 • 7:00pm Mix & Match: Industry Ethics & Professional Practices

Join us and industry experts at our year-end event as we chat about industry ethics and professional practices. The event layout will be musical chairs-esque, as we switch up topics and seats every 15 minutes!

October 16, 2019 • 7:00pm Spooky Stories

Join us as for an eerie night of spooky stories that haunt us all! We invite designers of all kinds to share their most frightening tales: clients that send chills down your spine!

September 18, 2019 • 7:00pm Navigating Change as a Designer

Join us and Andy Junior (co-founder of Paper Leaf Design and freelance designer) as we chat about navigating change as a designer, the messy middle, and how it can impact us and our creative journeys.

July 17, 2019 • 7:00pm Honing our Craft

Join us and Jessica Fern Facette (of Fern's School of Craft) to chat about honing our craft and how we can get a little more hands-on with our creative process.

June 5, 2019 • 7:00pm Self-Promotion

With our guest of honour, Justine Ma, we'll be chatting about the ups and downs of self-promotion and how we can better market ourselves.

May 1, 2019 • 7:00pm Battling Creative Block

Are you stuck? Uninspired? Creatively burned out? Are you terrified of presenting in front of your peers? Welcome to a night on battling the creative block. We will do some low stakes aggressive brainstorming and exercise our creativity to come up with some unexpectedly bad ideas. It’s gonna be great!

April 3, 2019 • 7:00pm Side Hustle

Hello Edmonton creatives! For our first event, we'll be chatting about the passion projects we pursue outside our regular 9 to 5 that help keep us creative and how we find time for them.

Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design in New York after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few women creative directors. She believes we can change that through conversation, mentorship and championing others' work. By recognizing and supporting female creatives in the Edmonton area, we hope to build a stronger female presence in creative professions. Here are some inspiring articles if you want to learn more:

Ad Age: What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?
Fast co: Where are all the women Creative Directors?
Smashing Magazine: Gender Disparities in the Design Field

A huge thanks goes out to our local partners for 2019. Your contributions help ensure anyone can enjoy our events free of charge. If you are interested in supporting this great cause and helping to ensure women are equally represented at every level in the design industry, email us to become a local partner.

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, the people we could be most inspired by are other talented ladies. Let's build a list of women who are kicking ass in Edmonton! Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list.