Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine
& Design Ottawa

A conversation series
founded by Jessica Walsh,
hosted by Amber Warren
for designers in Ottawa, Canada.

A monthly salon night held in Ottawa that brings up to 10 creative ladies together. We’ll wine, dine, and discuss a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. If you’re a female student or creative and would like to join, please email us. Reservations are first come, first serve. Additionally, please get in touch if you'd like to host us in your space, teach a workshop, or be a guest speaker.

February 27, 2018 • 7pm Risk, Fear & Failure

To kick off the Ottawa chapter of Ladies, Wine & Design we'll start things off with an informal discussion about risk, fear and failure.

March 20, 2018 • 7pm Drink & Draw

Join us for a Workshop Night of lettering fun with the boss babe / artist behind Chalked By Mabz. We've got the supplies, the wine and the snacks - all you need is yourself!

April 17, 2018 • 7pm Work in Progress

Bring a piece you're working on that you need advice on and let's all talk about the work and come up with ideas on how to make it better!

May 22, 2018 • 7pm Inspiration

What or who inspires you? How do you find inspiration? And most importantly, how do you transform that inspiration into a creative idea?

June 27, 2018 • 7pm Side Hustle

How do you stay creative outside of your day job? What passion projects do you have on the go and how do you find time for them?

July 25, 2018 • 7pm Simply Create

Sh!t happens and it is totally OK! It’s easy to let life get in the way of your creations. Join us this month to plug away at the tasks that are on the bottom of your to-do list.

August 22, 2018 • 5:30pm OAG Gallery Tour

This month we have arranged a tour of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Feminisms in Local Artistic Practice: Empowerment, protest, and complex body politics can be seen in artworks that reference multiple notions of feminist.

September 25, 2018 • 7pm Collab & Collage

Join us and @juli as she leads a night of Collab & Collage! Upcycle anything (not just paper) with the stacks of magazines that will be provided creating a one-of-a-kind art piece!

October 16, 2018 • 7pm 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.

November 28, 2018 • 7pm Creative Brief

Join us as we talk about the creative brief. What it is, why you need one and how you can collaborate with your clients to develop well-crafted creative briefs that achieve results.

December 20, 2018 • 7pm Booch & Branding

Let's kick away the fear of making Kombucha at home and learn how to culture this delicious and healthy goodness. To tie it into design, your booch will leave branded by you with a custom hand-drawn label.

January 30, 2019 • 7pm Personal Branding

New year, New you! We'll be discussing the ups and downs of personal branding and how we can market ourselves.

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 mentorship and championing others' work. We believe it is important to do something about the gaps and hurdles we face as women in this field. We don’t want to focus just on the negatives of our challenge though, we want to be part of the solution (or at least the conversation).

By recognizing and supporting the fierce female creatives in the Ottawa area, we hope to build the female presence in the industry and grow the confidence of the ladies wanting to get into it. Here are some inspiring articles if you want to learn more:

Join the Conversation: Ladies, Wine & Design Ottawa Slack Channel
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

A HUGE thank you goes out to our local sponsors. Not only do you help ensure anyone, no matter their financial status, can enjoy an LW&D Ottawa event, you help us on our goal to ensure women are represented at every level in the design industry.

If you are interested in supporting this great cause and becoming a local sponsor please email us at