Ladies, Wine & Design

LWD Manchester

A conversation series hosted by Dani Molyneux and Tali Cahani
with support from the LWD MCR team Alex Francis, Katie O'Rourke and Nina Hamer
Kindly sponsored by The Office of Craig Oldham

Ladies*, Wine** & Design is a global non-profit initiative with chapters in 250 cities worldwide. LW&D was started by Jessica Walsh when she realised that sometimes peers can be competitive or unsupportive of one another. Only a small percentage of creative directors are women or non-binary, and LW&D wants to help change this through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, talks & creative meetups. If you would like to join or are interested in updates please join our mailing list. Events are free and reservations are first come, first served. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram and drop us a line at

*Our space is inclusive of all women, non-binary, agender and gender non-conforming people. Self-definition is at the sole discretion of that individual. If you feel you could benefit from this space, you are welcome. **Alcohol is entirely optional; you can drink tea, coffee or whatever you like!

Tue 10 November, 2020 Fresh Starts - welcome party

Join us in welcoming your new Manchester hosts - Katie Jones (@mae_jones), Lauren Goldsby (@laurengoldsby ) and Haseena Ali (@has.eena) Manchester creatives, and the founders of @fressshmagazine.

It's going to be fun and informal.
Warm and welcoming. All invited.

Let's celebrate together the end of a little era and the start of the new. We would love to see you all there!

Yours truly,
Dani & Tali xx
Opening Soon

Wed 23 September, 2020 Find inspiration anywhere

Join MAMIMU (aka June Mineyama-Smithson) in a workshop packed with tips and tools to uncover inspiration, emotional values, colours and shapes from everyday life and incorporate them into your design.

Booking via eventbrite

See you there x

Thu 16 April, 2020 Culture Design

A conversation and workshop with the fab Vimla Appadoo.

Wed 4 March, 2020 A bit of social

Pop along after work and say hello :D

A relaxed evening to chat, catch-up and meet creative women doing ace things in Manchester. We'll also be announcing details on our 2020 programme.

Cultureplex kindly reserved us an area by the bar. They have plenty alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink options that can be purchased at the bar as well as great food.

All welcome & free to attend!


See you there x

Tue Oct 8 2019 Creative Conscience

A conversation with Lorelle Skelton of Good Great Creative and writer, stylist and fashion lecturer Sophie Benson.

Booking via eventbrite.

Wed July 17th LWD x Coop Digital - Navigating Change as a Designer

Three special guests from Co-op Digital, will be joining us to discuss change and its messy middle in their creative paths.

Samantha Sheriston, designer at Co-op Digital, will talk about her transition from a graphic designer to an interaction designer.

Lucy Tallon, principal designer at Co-op Digital, will discuss going from agency design to design in-house.

Katherine Wastell, head of design at Co-op Digital, will talk about going from leading a team of 10 to a team of 50.

We couldn't run these events without the help of some amazing people.

Huge thanks to Ecom, who are providing us with their venue, pizza and drinks for this event.

Book via eventbrite:

Tue June 11th LWD MCR x The Pilkington Club

A collaboration with the wonderful Pilkington Club featuring talks from Domino Po, founder of Cotton on Mcr, artist Florence Blanchard and photographer Madeleine Penfold. Hosted by Manchester School of Art.

Tue 23 April, 6.30pm–8.30pm The Power of Personal Projects

We'll be in conversation with illustrator and creator of #KidsLit4Climate, Emma Reynolds, and Senior Fashion Communication Lecturer and founder of GIRLFANS, Jacqui McAssey.

Thu 25 April, 6.30-8.30pm Beyond the Desk with Lucy Biggs

Lucy Biggs, senior lecturer at MSoA and founder of Letterspace hosts a conversation about baby loss within the context of its effect on work. Booking via eventbrite:

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Thu 14 March, 6-8pm The Business of Design

Special guest Khadija Kapacee, co-founder and client services director at Edit_ Brand Studio will be joining us to discuss the business behind design. With over ten years of industry experience, Khadija will be sharing her insights on everything from knowing your value to crafting the perfect proposal and maintaining healthy client relationships.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Wed 23 Jan, 6.30pm Rule Breaking with Music

An evening of conversation from the creative women of Music. Have a nosey at their lovely studio and find out more about their experiences of working at the agency.
Places are free and limited to 20 people.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Wed 7 November, Accelerate Places An Introduction to Commercial Semiotics with Join the Dots

We'll be collaborating with Join the Dots to host a workshop session 'Communicating feminism through design – an introduction to commercial semiotics'.

Free tickets and more details available now at Eventbrite

[PREVIOUS EVENT] October 19th Design Manchester 2018, The Bridgewater Hall

We'll be running two conversation sessions:
1. Developing a Style with illustrator and printmaker Aleesha Nandhra & paper artist Helen Musselwhite.
2. Creating Communities with Jane Bowyer, curator of Women in Print, Kiara Mohammed, director of Black Flowers and Amber Akaunu & Fauziya Johnson. Co-Founders of ROOT-ed Zine. Design Manchester Tickets available at Our sessions will be open to anyone attending the conference.

[PREVIOUS EVENT September Freelancing Tips with Studio Dotto

A chat about the ups, downs and a few tips thrown in about freelancing versus creative agency life. Over a brew or a wine in the Dotto studio with Dani M.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Wed August 29th, 6.30pm A Conversation with the Creators of Fresh Magazine

We're catching up with Katie Jones, Hasseena Ali, Lauren Goldsby and Paulina Zawadzka who created Fresh Mag after becoming frustrated with the lack of ethnic diversity within the arts. Join us for a chat with them to discuss how we can use our practice and our actions to make change.

Tickets are free but limited spaces. To register email us at

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Thu 28 June 2018 Studio Insight: Design By Day

A conversation about the ups and downs of running a studio with Angela Roche, founder and CD of Design By Day.

Limited to 12 people. RSVPs opening soon

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Thu 31 May 2018 A Spring Fling Thing: With CIA

We're joining forces with CIA for a Spring Fling. Basically a bit of a bash – a chance to get more people along, catch up with old friends and meet a bunch of lovely new people. Build up your network and create some of your own collaborations.

To register visit Eventbrite:

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Tue 24 April 2018, 6pm-9pm Portfolio Surgeries

We'll be joined by a suite of fabulous Creative Directors and industry experts for a relaxed evening of portfolio reviews. For students, graduates or any creatives looking for a bit of direction or advice.
Specialisms with include: Graphic Design / Branding / Advertising & Marketing / Illustration / Photography / Interior Design

To register visit Eventbrite:

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Guest Host Social: Wed 28 March, 7pm Changing Directions in Design

An evening with special guest, Eve Warren—a graphic designer known for her colourful and expressive work. We'll be chatting about changing directions and specialisms and the challenges that can bring.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Expert workshop: Wed Feb 28 2018, 7pm The Building Blocks of Behaviour Design

A workshop with behaviour design studio Dura. We introduce behaviour design and some of the tools we use to design behaviour. Behaviour design brings the insights of how people think and how people act to where it is needed most – to products and services used by people. Sign up to the mailing list to hear first when places are available.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Guest host social: Thu Jan 25 2018, 7pm The Art of Self Promotion

An evening with special guest, Katy Cowan, founding editor of Creative Boom—an online magazine that celebrates, inspires and supports the creative community. Pick Katy's brains for tips on how to put yourself out there without any fear. Bring along any personal promo items for discussion or just bring yourself. 

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Guest host social: Tue Nov 14 2017, 7pm Ideas and Inspiration

An evening discussing ideas and inspiration with our special guest, paper artist Helen Musselwhite over wine and nibbles. Limited to 8 guests. Sign up to the mailing list to hear first when places are available.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Mar 16 2017, 7pm Chit Chat

Come with any general life or work questions or conversations you are interested in, and lets have an open discussion about them.

[PREVIOUS EVENT] Social: Wed Oct 11 2017, 7pm MIX & MCR

An LWD social. Meet other creative women. Make connections, share ideas and start collaborations. We'll be discussing our upcoming programme of workshops and salons so come along with any suggestions and ambitions.

In order to make our events accessible to everyone, we’re looking for support from local agencies/organisations to help cover the costs of running LWD Manchester. You would help us ensure that anyone, no matter their financial status can enjoy one of our events.

Drop us a line at for details of our sponsorship packages.

Jessica Walsh started Ladies, Wine & Design after doing a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few women creative directors. She believes we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work.

Numbers show that there's a very small percentage of women leading the creative industry. However, we find the people we're inspired by most are often other talented women. Here are a few women we've admired, worked with, or had our eye on! Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list.