Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine &
Design Vancouver

A conversation series
for Vancouver creatives.
Founded by Jessica Walsh
Hosted by Denise Villanueva &
Stephanie Ganea
at Battlefy HQ.

A salon night held bimonthly, will be limited to 8 to 10 creative womxn. We occasionally host guest speakers, special workshops and field trips that might be able to accommodate a larger group. We’ll wine, dine, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. We've held 14 events in the last year and a half, and we're ready for another year of inspiration and empowerment.
If you’re a female creative in graphic design, illustration, UX/UI design, industrial design, architecture, fashion design, interior design, information architecture, or user research, and would like to join us - we'd love to have you. Reservations are first-come, first serve. Follow us on Instagram for event announcements. We've also launched a newsletter to feature local creative events in our community, design-related articles, visual inspiration, feature designers (this could be you) and various design content for your aesthetic viewing pleasure. Yes, the name suggests wine and we will always provide some, but no sweat if you don't drink, we always try to have some non-alcoholic options on hand!

April 18, 2018 7pm - 9pm Design Leadership

Yay, 2018! We took a little break but we're back with some juicy topics. We want to talk about leading as a designer and leading by design. RSVP is opening soon!

May 16, 2018 7pm - 9pm Designing Your Life

How do you optimize your life? What are the little things that you do or live by that you've designed?How has this improved your life?
Share your thoughts and ideas with the group.

June 2018 No meetup

No meetup this month - planning a bigger event next month!

July 18, 2018 7pm - 9pm The Do’s & Dont’s Of Freelancing

Has your freelance career reached a plateau or are you thinking about leaving your 9-5 to work
independently? Come join us for LWD where we will delve into all things freelance!
We will share some of the things we’ve learnt in our combined 15yrs of experience and answer
any questions you may have about working for yourself. We will be aiming to cover everything
from finances and productivity, to how to deal with difficult clients.

Guest speakers: Jenny Bourne and Lisa Temes

August 22, 2018 7pm - 9pm Gamification (Game Design Chat)

What does gamification in design mean to you? Where can we incorporate game design in the products we work on? What are some game design principles that you think should be a part of every design process?

September 19, 2018 7pm - 9pm Guest Speaker TBD

Topic TBD

October 24, 2018 7pm - 9pm Overcoming Obstacles | Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Donations Welcome

Overcoming Obstacles. This can be an umbrella term for many things, but we want to hone in on the obstacles that plague us creative spirits and creative industry professionals. In our field of work especially, there is an increased vulnerability to be hard on ourselves and our work feels like an extension of ourselves even more so.

November 21, 2018 7pm - 9pm Resolutions

Last night for the year! Let's talk about our goals for 2019 and what steps we need to take to make those happen!

January 24, 2019 7pm - 9pm Self-care and Productivity in 2019 with Sabrina Doumet

We are partnering with L'Atelier's very own Sabrina Doumet, the owner and creative director of the space and founder of She's going to give a talk on Self Care and Productivity in 2019. This is our biggest LWD event yet! Tickets here:

March 27, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm Bad Design Habits

Bad Design Habits - We all have them so let's talk about the techniques we use to conquer them. What are some things you constantly need to remind yourself NOT to do when working on a new project? What are some bad habits you see in yourself and what are some that you see in others?

June 20, 2019 7pm - 9pm Tour & Talk: ft. Thinkific - The Business of Branding & Knowing Your Value as a Designer

Ladies, Wine & Design is pleased to partner with Thinkific to bring you an intimate and inspiring evening with guest speakers Andrea Merson, Director of Marketing & Creative and Chuiee (Chungwon) Yang, Senior Product Designer at Thinkific. This is the launch of a new series where we invite you into a local, creative Vancouver studio or office to get a behind-the-scenes peek at what they're all about and a chance to meet some of the amazing ladies powering these creatively driven operations. Our speakers will chat about their current roles, design specialties and the abundance of experience leading up to their work today.

October 17, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm Chit Chat: Inspiration and Creaitvity

An intimate and inspiring evening to chat about where we get inspiration, how we nurture our creative practices, and how we overcome creative blocks

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 couldn't agree more. Here are some articles that inspired us to start a Vancouver chapter of Ladies, Wine & Design:

Kill Them With Kindness
More Than A Gender
Where Are All The Women Creative Directors?
Why The Gender Gap In The Design Industry Needs To End
Women in Graphic Design (And Why We Need To Talk About Them)
Equal Pay In Design: How Do We Make It A Reality?
Women Lead Resources

These are some creative women from and/or based in Vancouver that we think are admirable and inspirational. Please email us if you would like to nominate someone for this list!