Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design

A conversation series
inspired by Jessica Walsh
& hosted by Chem and Thea
to empower women & non-binary creatives around the world

Ladies*, Wine** & Design is a global non-profit initiative with chapters in 250 cities worldwide. LW&D was started by Jessica Walsh after this happened as and she realized 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.

*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 a space meant for people who do not identify as men to share ideas and collaborate, you are welcome. **Alcohol is entirely optional; you can drink tea, coffee or whatever you like!

We'll wine, dine, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. Reservations are first come, first served. We charge a small fee to help keep our chapter afloat and running.

Register for our events or leave us a message on Facebook and Instagram.

Feb 22, 2020 20/20 Vision

Our first event this 2020 is focused on 20/20 vision - we want to put things in perspective and envision the next decade rich with empathy, empowerment, and expression.

We want to create conversations about steps to take to become more environmentally conscious; the value of strengthening local communities; how women are changing the landscape in design; and the value of breaking down stereotypes when it comes to gender.

March 3, 2020 #TDKTuesdays: Celebrating Women in Design

Filipina designer - the successes and how to overcome struggles in the design industry.

March 21, 2020 Conscious Label: She Creates the Future of Fashion

A round table discussion with the women who are reshaping the future of fashion. In collaboration with Forth Co.

May 2, 2020 Female Leadership

We are all facing our own battles during this pandemic. Whether it be securing basic necessities, juggling the non-existent balance between work and home, and managing work (looking for one or trying to stay productive), it is still a privilege to get up each day and recreate a new routine.

This month, LW&D is also going online with its first quarantine event. We want to check up on your mental health and know the experiences of women who are working during this quarantine. It may sound easy for most since home is a comfort zone, but, you are at home during a crisis trying to (make it) work.

We'll talk about the importance of acknowledging vulnerability; finding alignment, practicing balance; and female representation in decision-making. We'll share best practices for leaders and freelancers on how to cope, be creative, and continue to be part of a community at this time.

May 30, 2020 Life as a Filipina Creative

For our third anniversary, we want to talk about the life and personal journey of women working and thriving in the Ad world - what it's like to work in an agency; the process in creating ideas/pitches for clients, and how to stay creative, sane and resilient as a professional and as a woman.

July 11, 2020 One Brave Step: How to Cope Creatively

This month, we'll learn about the different journeys of three artists and how we can use passion to discover a meaningful catharsis to help acknowledge and deal with our personal lives in the world we are part of.

Sep 11, 2020 LW&D Manila x Buenos Aires

We're doing a cultural exchange and show-and-tell convo series with Buenos Aires Chapter

Sep 19, 2020 IG Takeover

LW&D began its campaign to promote #FilipinaCreative by sharing the works and what we love about our talented Filipinas. We want our community to know and discover more of our creatives that thrive in our country.

Our aim is to share a #FilipinaCreative's profile and takes us through the day:

-Starting in the morning, balancing home load with work load at home during a pandemic

-Sharing a recent project in progress as the main feature of the IG story takeover

-Ending the IG story takeover and go on IG Live

Sep 26, 2020 Finding Inspiration Through Trying Times

We focus on women artists and how they deal with seeking inspiration when everything feels unstable. We are looking to ask them, what they see in their lenses, their perspective, in a world filled with fear, anxiety, & melancholy. How do they translate this into their mediums? How do they deal with their personal struggles that come along with their craft and career?

Dec 12, 2020 The Business of Sisterhood

We sit down or more like tune in with the Canlas sisters. To close this year, we want to go full circle and look at how women power each other up even in the familial setting. They say any woman can achieve anything when she sets her mind on but we say that women can achieve everything when they are together. As we move to a world of collaboration over competition, let's dive into how these ladies were able to build their foundations, set up roots for their dreams, and enjoy creative professions while thriving on their relationship as siblings and working together for one common goal: to move communities.

Jessica Walsh wrote an article on about her experience with other women in the industry, and how sometimes women can be unsupportive of each other. She's done a lot of thinking and reading on why there are so few women creative directors. Under Jessica's influence, we believe we can change that through mentorship and championing others' work. Here are some articles for inspiration 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?
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, we find the people we're inspired by most are often other talented ladies. This list will be about the women we admire, work with, or have our eyes on! Email us if you want to nominate someone for this list.