Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design


A conversation series with
Sam DeLoof, Designer
& Studio Coordinator at Circa

Ladies, Wine & Design was started by Jessica Walsh after writing this article 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 mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, and creative meet-ups. In less than a year of launching, we've spread to chapters in over 75 cities all over the world.

In Kalamazoo, LW&D is a monthly meeting limited to a small group of creative women. We’ll wine & 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 join, please subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive info on our monthly meetings!

September 12, 2017 // 6:00 pm Meet & Greet

Kicking off the first meeting with casual introductions, dinner & drinks at Fuze kitchen & bar, located in downtown Kalamazoo.

October 17, 2017 // 6:00 pm Inspo & Process

Where do ideas come from? How do you start a process in order to come up with a good idea? What are the best methods or tricks for working creatively? Bring a project you’re working on, and we’ll discuss the concept and thinking behind it.

November 30, 2017 // 6:00 pm Creative Leadership

This month will be hosted at Curate & Co. Women still only represent a small percent of creative director positions. We'll discuss what we can do to shift these numbers, and discuss topics around business & creative leadership. Tori Thomas, Christina Oropeza, and Elyse Flynn to join our panel discussion.

December 19, 2017 // 5:30 pm Holiday Happy Hour

Since December is such a busy month with holiday commitments & celebrations, we are scheduling a little happy hour for our monthly meeting instead of our usual meeting around a creative topic — we could all use a drink or two!

January 23, 2018 // 6:00 pm #GIRLGANG Get-Together

Kicking off 2018 with customized branded wine glasses & a first-look at upcoming events!

February 6, 2018 // 6:00 pm Hand Lettering Workshop

Jacquie Timm will present her knowledge and techniques for hand-lettering—followed by handmade Galentine's day cards for our female mentors and loved ones!

March 13, 2018 // 6:00 pm Side Hustles & Passion Projects

This month we will discuss the work that feeds our soul. Bring your goals!

April 25, 2018 // 6:00 pm Self-Care Workshop

This month we'll be joined by Joanna Merrill, co-owner of The Kalamazoo Stillhouse and Valencia Scott, owner of The Perfect Pucker for a Self-Care Workshop including cocktails, group discussion, homemade bath-bombs, and products for sale!

May 22, 2018 // 6:00 pm Clean-Crafted Wine Tasting

Anne Moreland with Scout & Cellar will be joining us to discuss clean wines and where to purchase them!

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There are so few women creative directors—however, we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. Here is some inspiration if you want to learn more:

AIGA: Women Lead Initiative
Ad Age: What We Can Do About the Dearth of Female Creatives?
Fast co: Where are all the women Creative Directors?
3% Conference: Video archive from their annual conference
Smashing Magazine: Gender Disparities in the Design Field

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, I find the people I'm inspired by most are often other talented ladies. Here are a few women I have admired or had my eye on! Email me if you want to nominate someone for this list.