Event description

Presented by AIGA SF and InVision, this all day intimate gathering will kick-off with a coffee social and an opportunity to get to know the other attendees to build your sisterhood. The day will include breakout sessions, conversations with women and non-binary design leaders, mediation sessions, and we’ll end with a happy hour so you can celebrate YOU with your new friends. Each attendee will receive thoughtful gifts courtesy of InVision and Calm App. Lunch provided by Off the Grid.

AIGA SF’s Women in Leadership and Design (WILD) initiative aims for gender parity in design. The purpose of WILD Programming, meetups and workshops is to empower women and genderqueer persons at every stage of their path to leadership. We welcome all design and creative disciplines or those who work with creatives or on design teams.


– Networking Coffee Hour
– Meditations brought to you by Calm App
– Panels, Discussions and Fireside Chats
– Happy Hour to close out the day


InVision: Leah Buley, Director, Design Education “Healthy Design Leadership”

Aplat: Shujan Bertrand, Founder, Aplat Culinary Design Collection “Trusting Your Own Voice: Mom-entrepreneur from corporate designer”

Autodesk: Ishita Jain, Design and Innovation Specialist, Autodesk Foundation and Tirtha Chavan, Board Member – Autodesk Women in Leadership “Owning my Hero’s Journey”

Fuseproject: Leah King, Senior Experience Designer “Interactive Session: Sharing Success”

Healthy Design Leadership
Leah Buley, Director, Design Education, InVision

What does it mean to be a healthy design leader? As designers, how do you make sure that you’re putting healthy products into the world? As leaders, how do you ensure that you’re fostering healthy work for your team? Join InVision’s Director of Design Education Leah Buley and other experience design industry veterans for a conversation about personal and professional health in the design industry while navigating the highs and lows of leadership.

Leah Buley is a veteran of the experience design industry and the author of the book The User Experience Team of One, published by Rosenfeld Media. As a director of InVision’s Design Education team, she researches, analyzes, and shares what makes design teams successful. Prior to joining InVision, Leah was a principal analyst at Forrester, where she studied design’s role in business. She has also held roles at Intuit, one of the first companies to make design thinking a firm-wide competency, and at Adaptive Path, a pioneering user experience design consultancy.

Trusting Your Own Voice: Mom-entrepreneur from corporate designer
Shujan Bertrand, Founder, Chief Creative, Aplat Culinary Design Collection

Owning my Hero’s Journey
Ishita Jain, Design and Innovation Specialist, Autodesk Foundation and Tirtha Chavan, Strategy & Operations Manager, Business Models & Autodesk Women’s Network Board Member

– We will be announcing more shortly!

Ticket sales benefit the Women in Leadership + Design community throughout the year.

It is our goal to make programming accessible to everyone. If you are unable to afford the price of a ticket, please email rachelle@sfdesignweek.org with the subject line “WILD Lounge Ticket.” Include in your email a brief note about why you qualify, and what you can afford to pay. We have a limited number of full scholarships (free tickets!) available for those in need.

Everyone is welcome to register for WILD events, no matter how you identify. If you don’t identify as a womxn or non-binary, you are welcome to attend but please take measure of your own privilege and give space to those from traditionally marginalized populations.


Register for Opening Night Party June 20th.