Design Leadership Days Seattle

Design Leadership Days Seattle

OVERVIEW |  SPEAKERS |  AGENDA | VENUE + TRAVEL

Design Leadership Days, September 18–20, 2019
Fremont Foundry, 154 North 35th St., Seattle, WA 98103

Elevate the Way You Lead Design

As a design leader, you’re tackling two sets of roles and responsibilities: the design side, and the leadership side. While design likely comes naturally to you, the leadership challenges can sometimes present a steep learning curve or a feeling that you’re falling short, even when you’re not.

Let’s get together to discuss shared struggles, solutions and ways to improve our companies and teams. Collaboration makes design better. And leadership better. Let’s riff on our ideas, vet solutions and discuss what we’re up against, openly and honestly.

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Design Leadership Days is three days of connecting, sharing and learning like no other. Many of the most admired leaders in the industry will be taking the stage to speak to the struggles and best practices of successful design leaders and high-performing design teams. We’ll be digging into the impact of design, process at scale, change management, diversity in products, self care and more. Join us.


Meet a Few of Our Speakers

STEPHEN GATES  Head Design Evangelist at InVision

STEPHEN GATES
Head Design Evangelist at InVision

VIVIAN SARRATT  Head of UX Operations at Google

VIVIAN SARRATT
Head of UX Operations at Google

LYNSEY THORNTON  VP of UX / GM of Core Product at Shopify

LYNSEY THORNTON
VP of UX / GM of Core Product at Shopify

ROBERT SFEIR  Head of Delivery, Global at Huge, Inc.

ROBERT SFEIR
Head of Delivery, Global at Huge, Inc.


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“Very inspiring and motivating to discuss with design leaders from various industries about similar questions or challenges that we face.”

— Caroline Law, Design Manager, Data Science | Head of Studio, IBM Data and AI Design, SF at IBM


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MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

Design Leadership Days gives you the opportunity to connect with peers in an open, supportive environment. Trade stories as you explore the city, enjoy local cuisine and take in all the sights. Spend some QT with fellow creatives to build a network that lasts long after you head home.

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A CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT

Great ideas don’t show up at your desk or in a conference room. If you're looking for the next big thing, head to a place that's ripe for conversation, innovation and discovery. Get the space and fresh air you need to devise new creative solutions and implement change right away.

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TIME AWAY FROM IT ALL

With everything going on in life, it can be hard to slow down to regain your focus, creativity and inspiration. Commit to some time away for yourself, to clear your mind and make room for new ideas and solutions. It’s amazing how much better things are when you take time to recharge.

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NEW INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION

Design Leadership Days lets you unwind with fellow design leaders to discuss what you’re up against, brainstorm solutions and vet ideas. Escape to Seattle with us to discover new trends, approaches and solutions.


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“Being so close to design leaders from some of the most influential companies in the world has allowed me to get insight into how things should work in larger, more established environments. It has been a guiding light to what I can become when I grow into the design leader I want to become.”

— Ross MacKintosh, Head of UX at Oracle Maxymiser


Speaker Insights & Interviews


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“There is no other opportunity that brings top UX leadership together to discuss and debate the challenges they face on a daily basis. It's therapy and peer-mentorship rolled all into one!”

— Russ Wilson, Director, Head of UX at Google


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 
Operationalizing Your Business for Growth Webinar

Operationalizing Your Business for Growth Webinar

September 24, 2019, 2:00 PM ET

How do you evolve and grow your company in a way that’s sustainable, while also preserving the very things that make your organization special? Tom O’Neill and David Annis join us to share their first-hand experiences and strategies for operations and growth.

Previously the CEO of The Nerdery, Tom scaled the company from 50 to 500 Nerds with offices in Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City and Phoenix. As Tom was growing The Nerdery, David was a Partner and Managing Director at Zeus Jones, where he oversaw agency operations and the business. With a shared love for teams, growth and business insights, Tom and David combined forces and founded Parallax in 2018. Parallax is a planning, resource management and analytics platform that helps agencies and consultancies grow by creating a shared perspective across their organizations.

Tune in for actionable strategies and lessons learned to help you take your team and business to the next level.

This is a Bureau Member event, open to all members (LEARN, CONNECT or LEAD). If you're not currently a member, please sign up before the event, and we’ll send you an invite to join the webinar.


Tom O’Neill & David Annis

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Tom O’Neill

Tom was previously the CEO of The Nerdery, a digital consultancy providing custom software development. During Tom’s tenure, he grew The Nerdery from 50 to 500 Nerds with offices across four U.S. cities. Tom has a passion for helping consultancies grow profitably while building strong cultures and teams.

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David Annis

Dave was most recently a Partner and Managing Director at Zeus Jones, a business strategy and brand design firm located in Minneapolis that has worked with numerous Fortune 100 brands. As Managing Director, Dave was responsible for overall agency operations and shares Tom’s passion for improving agency operations in support of cultural development and individual growth.


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 
2019 Digital PM Summit Orlando

2019 Digital PM Summit Orlando

OVERVIEW  |  SPEAKERS  |  WORKSHOPS  |  AGENDA  |  HOTEL + TRAVEL  |  WHY ATTEND?  |  NEWS + INSIGHTS

October 20–22, 2019
Workshop Day: October 20, 2019—SOLD OUT • Summit: October 21–22, 2019
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida

If You Manage Digital Projects, This Is Your Event

Building community is the Bureau’s mission, and no event has been more successful at accomplishing this than the Digital PM Summit. Learn how to keep your projects moving, clients happy, teams engaged and budgets intact. Best of all, you’ll make connections and gain access to an unparalleled community to support you in your career. This year, we’re headed to Orlando, home to Mickey and the gang. So why not bring the family or friends and stay a few extra days for sunshine and fun!

The Digital PM Summit Workshop Day is sold out, but you can still join us at the main Summit event for $1,099.

We offer a 5% discount for nonprofits, and for group purchases of five tickets or more. Email us to claim your discount.


“The DPM summit is the highlight of the year for project managers in the tech space. Every year I meet fascinating people and learn as much from the other attendees as from the speakers.”

— Mika Trottier, Partner Acceleration Lead, Shopify


DPM Role Calls: A New Attendee Benefit

How cool would it be to come to the conference and already have a sense for who will be there? Better yet, wouldn’t it be great to start talking about some of the agenda topics, or even the challenges you’re facing NOW? Sounds like a good idea to us, so we’re going to be doing monthly Role Calls for DPM 2019 attendees only. 

Register for the summit and get an invite to join us for our upcoming Role Calls on September 13 and October 11.


“I have never been to a conference where I felt more of a sense of companionship and community…Having the opportunity to network, collaborate, share war stories and take ideas home that come from people in similar situations is amazing! I hope I have the opportunity to come every year, and if not, at least send my co-workers so I can still benefit from it one way or another.”

— Matt McGuire, Client Services Manager, Leepfrog Technologies


Get Ready for DPM 2019

Get ready for two full days of engaging keynote presentations, thought-provoking interactive sessions, rapid-fire lightning talks and tons of networking opportunities. Save with our hotel group rate through 5:00 PM ET on Friday, September 27.


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“I was a first-time attendee at DPM 2018 and was blown away by the incredible community of peers and mentors who were all so willing to share their challenges and advice for success. The impact coming out of the Summit is immeasurable. If you've never been, go! And if you have, I'm sure I'll see you again soon!”

— Gavin Wright, Project Manager, CO+LAB Digital


Earn PDUs and Have Fun!

If you've got your PMP or are working toward it, attending will help you earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). While we’re not associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI), we do know that this event will earn you PDUs for every hour you're in a Digital PM Summit session. Just submit your ticket receipt along with the number of hours you spent in sessions to PMI. Several attendees have successfully done this in the past.


“DPM Summit was a one-of-a-kind, nitty-gritty conference. It was so refreshing to attend a conference where industry peers are open, honest and willing to help someone out and share real tips for how to improve. I'm taking back a ton of lessons for my team that can be used ASAP!”

— Kindra Svendsen, Director of Digital Marketing Services, Speak Creative


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 
Women’s Leadership Camp San Francisco

Women’s Leadership Camp San Francisco

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA  |  SPECIAL GUESTS  | HOTEL + TRAVEL

Women’s Leadership Camp San Francisco, November 3–5, 2019
Optional Teams Workshop, November 6, 2019
InterContinental, Mark Hopkins San Francisco
999 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Connect, Share & Celebrate with Women in Digital

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As a woman leader in the digital industry, you face unique challenges and opportunities as you advance ideas and organizations, make key decisions, lead teams and cultivate critical business relationships.

Women's Leadership Camp is a two-day retreat for women on the front lines of digital shops, in-house teams or their own businesses. If you’re looking to connect with fellow women leaders who share your challenges, this is your event. Gain fresh perspectives and strategize ways to accelerate growth and change while building a community of peers.


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“Once again, the Bureau delivers a high quality, meaningful un-conference where you learn from your peers and grow as a leader, a professional and a human being.”

– Rachel “Pinky” Parsons, Director Software Engineering at Passport


THE DETAILS

November 3–5: Women’s Leadership Camp
November 6: Optional workshop day: Effective Collaboration for Teams Workshop with Jessie Shternshus. Learn more.

A majority of our camps sell out in advance, so we curate them by application to ensure we allocate tickets fairly and you get the right experience with people who share your challenges. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive an invite to register.

Please apply early if you’re interested in joining us as this event fills up quickly.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Your $2,999 registration includes:

  • Hotel accommodations for three nights (11/3, 11/4, 11/5)

  • Welcome reception on 11/3

  • Two days of moderated discussions and breakouts

  • Four meals (two breakfasts + two lunches)

  • Closing reception on 11/5

Add the optional team dynamics workshop on November 6 for $499.


“Women’s Leadership Camp was a great experience. It provided a unique opportunity to engage with strong leaders in the digital world. The women who attended all brought something to the table, and we were able to openly share and discuss ideas, challenges and goals.”

– Brittany Jackson, Director of Client Delivery at 10up

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Meet Our Special Guests & Facilitators

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Heidi Munc
Vice President of User Experience at Nationwide

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Eleanor Vajzovic
Head of AGX - Americas at The Adecco Group


INVALUABLE CONNECTIONS

Women’s Leadership Camp is the chance to engage in honest dialogue about obstacles, triumphs and how to achieve your every ambition while staying true to yourself. Forge connections that last long after you head home, and continue conversations into the future.

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TIME & SPACE TO THINK CREATIVELY & CRITICALLY

With everything going on and the constant pressures of being a woman leader, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and miss defining ideas and breakthroughs. Women’s Leadership Camp gives you the space and fresh air you need for candid conversations and reflection, so you can discover and implement new ideas and solutions right away.

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A PAUSE THAT REFRESHES

Perfection isn’t real. Chaos, stress and burnout come with the territory. Spend some time away from it all, and come back inspired and energized. Your business, team, loved ones and self will thank you for it. It’s amazing how much better solutions are when you take time to recharge.

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NEW IDEAS & DIRECTIONS

Women’s Leadership Camp is a special environment perfect for new ideas and strategies. Learn how others have solved the same challenges you’re up against and how to navigate the twists and turns of your career and business. If you’ve ever wished you could see inside other roles and organizations, or hear what other women are doing, this is your chance.

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA  |  SPECIAL GUESTS  | HOTEL + TRAVEL


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 

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Financial Metrics, Forecasting & Operations Workshop San Francisco

Financial Metrics, Forecasting & Operations Workshop San Francisco

November 4–5, 2019
InterContinental, Mark Hopkins San Francisco
999 California Street, San Francisco, California 94108 (map)

Run Your Business So it Doesn’t Run You

Running a digital shop is hard. But you can either run your business or your business can run you. Take a deep dive into the financial and operations sides of your business, with two full-day workshops hosted over two days. Attend both workshops for $795 (does not include hotel accommodations).

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DAY 1 WORKSHOP (NOVEMBER 4)

Studio Operations & Forecasting: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly with Sparkbox’s Rob Harr

DAY 2 WORKSHOP (NOVEMBER 5)

Financial Metrics: Get a Grip, Grow Your Business & Improve Profitability with Summit CPA Group’s Jody Grunden


“REALLY great content. This is 5-7 figures in potential value—quite an ROI for agency leaders.”

— Karl Sakas, Sakas & Company

“Straight to the point with some real knowledge and implementable action steps.”

— Gabrijela Bošnjak, Productive

“Really great info. Probably the best I’ve been to.”

— Alex Roper, Paper Skeleton


Rob Harr, VP of Operations at  Sparkbox

Rob Harr, VP of Operations at Sparkbox

Day 1: Studio Operations & Forecasting: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Monday, November 4, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. Lunch is included.

“You won’t be in control of your business until you can accurately predict it.” One of Rob Harr’s early mentors and business advisors must have said that a thousand times during their time together—and it’s true. Join Rob for a deep dive into studio operations and forecasting. Take a guided tour through the good, the bad and the ugly, and uncover actionable strategies to help you take control of your business.

Get an inside look at how you can put forecasting at the heart of your business to improve project planning, cash flow, hiring, sales and more. Discover a relatively simple weekly cadence to implement (that doesn’t lose sight of your people), and dig into metrics to determine what you should track and what’s just noise. Before long, you’ll actually be in charge of your business.


“Rob and Jody were a 10.”

– Jay Owen, Design Extensions

“Incredibly useful information…Real-world examples that I feel like we could all benefit from hearing.”

– Ashley Pair, Fuel Made

“I am able to put some new processes into action for my team…A great blueprint for action.”

— Sarah Sime, Initiative


Jody Grunden, Managing Member of  Summit CPA Group , Virtual CFO

Jody Grunden, Managing Member of Summit CPA Group, Virtual CFO

Day 2: Financial Metrics: Get a Grip, Grow Your Business & Improve Profitability

Tuesday, November 5, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. Lunch is included.

What is forecasting and why do you need to do it? What are the key metrics driving that forecast? Learn why you should use a forecast as a guide for every business decision you make, i.e., expansion, acquisition, buyout and retirement.

What if you could pull a lever to improve your company’s performance? You can! Discover how to use those metrics as levers to lead your company to higher profitability.

How do you determine and measure your pipeline? Your pipeline metric (what you currently have under contract and what you have “in the works”) should not be forgotten as it can have a drastic impact on your revenue forecasting.

In addition, you’ll learn how and where to compare your metrics with those of others in the industry. Discover where you fall short and where your company has the most room for improvement.


Presenter Insights & Interviews


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 
Effective Collaboration for Teams Workshop

Effective Collaboration for Teams Workshop

Strengthen Your Team & Culture

Strong communication and collaboration within teams is critical to the success of our projects, products and organizations. Using experiential exercises based on real-world scenarios, this fun and engaging workshop will strengthen your communication skills with your team in mind.

Gain creative problem-solving methods, action-planning and retrospective tools to refresh your process, as well as culture-building practices to strengthen bonds and improve engagement.


The Details

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
10:00 AM–4:00 PM
InterContinental, Mark Hopkins San Francisco
999 California Street
San Francisco, California 94108

$699 ($499 with your registration for Women’s Leadership Camp or Operations Camp)
Lunch is included.

Learn techniques to:

  • Listen actively and be fully present in the moment

  • Understand subtleties in speech and body language

  • Use the “Yes, and...” construct to validate ideas, move dialog forward and collaborate productively

  • Ideate as a team around problems, projects and visions

  • Adapt cultural practices and conventions to your team


Meet Jessie Shternshus, Owner of The Improv Effect

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Jessie Shternshus is the owner of The Improv Effect, which she founded in 2007. She is an international speaker and facilitator specializing in one-to-many, one-to-one and team collaborations to drive culture change, innovative ideas and team cohesiveness. Jessie has worked with companies such as Crayola, GE, Macy’s, Transferwise, The PGA Tour, Capital One, Tyson Foods and Netflix. She is co-author of the book CTRLShift: 50 Games For 50 ****ing Days Like Today.


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 
Operations Camp San Francisco

Operations Camp San Francisco

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA  |  HOTEL & TRAVEL

Operations Camp San Francisco, November 6–8, 2019
Optional Teams Workshop, November 6
InterContinental, Mark Hopkins San Francisco
999 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Uncover the Best Paths Forward

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We’ve all been there—an unexpected conversation or offhand remark shakes the fog from our brains, and suddenly we know the right way to turn, and where to take an idea next. Sounding thoughts off peers makes them better, and solutions are easier to find when they have space and support to grow.

Operations Camp is a two-day retreat for digital operators. Unplug, connect, share and solve problems together. Set in the heart of San Francisco, there are no keynote speeches, no panels, no set agendas. It’s Operations unscripted, but structured—the perfect place to dig into your questions and uncover real, actionable takeaways.


THE DETAILS

November 6–8: Operations Camp
November 6: Optional workshop day: Effective Collaboration for Teams Workshop with Jessie Shternshus. Learn more.

A majority of our camps sell out in advance, so we curate them by application to ensure we allocate tickets fairly and you get the right experience with people who share your challenges. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive an invite to register.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Your $2,999 registration includes:

  • Hotel accommodations for three nights (11/6, 11/7, 11/8)

  • Welcome reception on 11/6

  • Two days of moderated discussions and breakouts

  • Four meals (two breakfasts + two lunches)

  • Closing reception on 11/8

Add the optional team dynamics workshop on November 6 for $499.


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“Operations Camp was by far the most worthwhile event I've ever attended. I learned more in three days than I learned in the previous 10 years of conferences.”

— Shawn Maida, Founder & Partner, Foster Made

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA  |  HOTEL & TRAVEL


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 

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Digital Diversity Days at Sparkbox

Digital Diversity Days at Sparkbox

THE DETAILS  | WORKSHOP | DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP FORUM

Digital Diversity Days at Sparkbox, November 13–14, 2019
Sparkbox, 123 Webster St., Dayton, OH 45402 (map)

Create Healthy Environments for Diverse Teams

A simple truth: we need more diversity in the tech industry. Diversity of gender, ethnicities, beliefs, experiences—all of it. Join us for Digital Diversity Days to explore strategies to make real change happen. We’ll begin with a Day 1 workshop led by diversity advocate Karen Catlin, then transition to a Day 2 Diversity Leadership Forum using new insights gained. Attend just the workshop for $495, or join us for both days for $1,445.


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MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

Digital Diversity Days gives you the opportunity to meet with peers in an open, supportive environment. Connect with others who share your same priorities and challenges.

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DEDICATED TIME IN THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT

Many of us have been discussing diversity for a long time. While the conversation is important, it’s only the beginning. Put a plan in place, rethink your approach to the people side of your business and begin executing on your vision for the future.

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REAL INSIGHTS, REAL ACCOUNTABILITY

We all know DE&I is the future, but it can be tough to know how to get started. Learn first-hand how others have found success and plug into a peer group that will ensure you reach your goals.

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ACTIONABLE TAKEAWAYS

Digital Diversity Days is all about putting in real work to achieve lasting change. This isn’t an educational event. It’s a change-your-organization event.


Preferred Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites Dayton

305 East Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45402

Located just minutes from Sparkbox, the Fairfield Inn & Suites gives you easy access to our event venue, the RiverScape and downtown. Visit the hotel website for more information and to make your reservation.


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 
Owner “Ski” Camp Banff

Owner “Ski” Camp Banff

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA | HOTEL + TRAVEL

Owner “Ski” Camp Banff, December 8–11, 2019
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Alberta, Canada, T1L 1H59

Get the Answers You Need

Running a digital agency is tough. Like many of us, you probably didn’t study business management in school, and are now inexplicably running a business. Wouldn't it be nice just to get away for a few days to recharge your batteries and talk to your peers? Your real peers?

Join us at Owner “Ski” Camp Banff, to enjoy the splendor of the wilderness and take some time for yourself. And you can’t get great answers just sitting in a conference room, so we’ll spend the final day engaged in great discussions either on the slopes or by the fire with a hot toddy.


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“I had the most amazing time at Owner Camp. I would highly recommend it for anyone hoping to spend some quality time with like-minded individuals and help you feel motivated and energized coming back to the day-to-day of running your company. It was awesome!”

— Jenny Banner, Chief Executive Officer, SmallBox


THE DETAILS

December 8–11, 2019
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Alberta, Canada, T1L 1H5

How it Works

A majority of our camps sell out in advance, so we curate them by application to ensure we allocate tickets fairly and you get the right experience with people who share your challenges. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive an invite to register.

What’s Included

Your $4,200 registration includes:


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“I almost got an Owner Camp tattoo while in Hawaii. I'm hooked. The first convo I had made it worth the entire trip. Loved how transparent everyone was. The types of agencies and access to agency owners was bar none.”

— Chad Paris, Principal, CEO, Parisleaf


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INVALUABLE CONNECTIONS

Owner Camp is the chance to talk with fellow owners in a safe space. Connect with new friends and allies while indulging in the wilderness, enjoying mountain views or trading war stories around a crackling fire pit. Forge connections that last long after you head home, and continue conversations into the future.

TIME TO THINK CRITICALLY ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS

In the busyness of the day-to-day, it's easy to miss the forest for the trees. Great ideas don’t happen in meetings or in front of a computer. They show up hiking a nature trail, over dinner or under the stars. Owner Camp gives you the space and fresh air you need for deep conversations and reflection, to uncover the best paths forward and implement change right away.

PURE INSPIRATION AWAITS

Creative spaces inspire creative problem solving. That’s why we've set Owner Camp in Banff. At Owner Camp, there are no formal presentations, no structured work sessions, no speakers on stage. Just an unregimented meeting of the minds in an inspiring environment.

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A NEW VANTAGE POINT

Best practices and solutions aren't easy to find when you're only looking outside your own window. If you’ve ever wished you could see inside other shops, or hear what others are doing, this is your chance. 

 

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA | HOTEL + TRAVEL


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 

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Design Leadership Camp Palm Springs

Design Leadership Camp Palm Springs

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA  | HOTEL + TRAVEL

Design Leadership Camp Palm Springs, January 19–22, 2020
Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264

An Honest, Inspiring Gathering for Design Leaders

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Looking outside your own four walls, it may seem like other organizations have it all figured out. The perfect culture and process. A true appreciation for design. The willingness to embrace what’s next. But truth be told, beneath that shiny, enviable exterior, there’s often the same set of challenges that you face.

Design Leadership Camp gives you the opportunity to get together with fellow design leaders, to connect with one another, share stories and learn new methods for running effective design teams. Unscripted and refreshingly honest, Design Leadership Camp goes beyond the familiar to uncover the insights and connections you need to grow and evolve as a design leader.



Russ Wilson, Director, Cloud UX, Google

“There is no other venue that brings top UX leadership together to discuss and debate the challenges they face on a daily basis. It's therapy and peer-mentorship rolled all into one!”

— Russ Wilson, Director, Cloud UX, Google


THE DETAILS

January 19–22, 2020
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
701 E Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92264 (map)

A majority of our camps sell out in advance, so we curate them by application to ensure we allocate tickets fairly and you get the right experience. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive an invite to register.

What’s Included

Your $4,750 registration includes:

  • Hotel accommodations for four nights (1/19, 1/20, 1/21 & 1/22)

  • Welcome reception on 1/19

  • Three days of moderated discussions and breakouts

  • Continental breakfast and full lunch on 1/20 and 1/21

  • Closing dinner on 1/22


Renee Solorzano, Experience Design Manager, Airbnb

“That moment at dinner when you realize you're at a table with people that you've never met before, but somehow get everything about you. That is the heart of Design Leadership Camp.”

— Renee Solorzano, Experience Design Manager, Airbnb


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MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

Design Leadership Camp is the opportunity to spend quality time with fellow design leaders. It's a safe space for honest conversations about your role, team and shared struggles. Dig into challenges while lounging by the pool, relaxing by the fire or listening to some old vinyl records. Make connections that last long after camp ends, and continue conversations into the future.

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AN ULTRA-INSPIRING ENVIRONMENT

Great ideas don’t happen when you’re stuck at your desk or bogged down with meetings. They show up when you’re wandering a desert trail, gazing at stars or laughing with friends. If you’re craving inspiration and a change of scenery, it’s time to join us at Design Leadership Camp.

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TIME TO RENEW & REFOCUS

Live music, a Feel Good Spa, karaoke, mountain views, refined diner fare…it’s all part of a hard day’s work at Design Leadership Camp. If you like to play a bit while stretching your brain and digging into tough challenges, this is the place to be. Not only will you come back to work with a whole set of new ideas and strategies, you’ll come back reenergized and renewed.

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CONNECT WITH THE INDUSTRY’S BEST

At Design Leadership Camp, you don’t have to pretend you have all the answers. It’s about coming together in a protected environment, to openly share what you’re up against and trade notes with peers. Hear how others have tackled the same things you're going through now, and discuss lessons learned to uncover new paths forward.


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“Design Leadership Camp included some of the most important, relevant and impactful conversations I have had in the last 10 years. It is uniquely positioned and tailored for focused conversations with other Industry design leaders to drive change and evolve as business leaders. The small-group format and environment allows deep conversations and personal bonds with other industry leaders that will last a lifetime.”

– Shawn Johnson, Group Vice President of Product & Design, Discovery Inc.

 

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA  | HOTEL + TRAVEL


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partner:

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Owner Summit 2020 New Orleans

Owner Summit 2020 New Orleans

Owner Summit 2020, February 6–7, 2020, New Orleans

Solve Tough Challenges in the Big Easy

Take off to the streets of New Orleans, and enjoy some fresh air, breakthrough ideas and camaraderie with fellow digital shop owners. This year, we’re raising the bar in one of the most alluring cities in the world. Experience all that New Orleans has to offer while reimagining your business and connecting with peers.

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There are a handful of early bird tickets available. Snag them before they’re gone, and save $400 off the full price.


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“Hands down, Owner Summit was the best conference I've ever been to.”

— Drew Barton, President, Southern Web


Day 1: See the Sights & Dig into Strategy

Known for its robust culture, amazing food and vibrant nightlife, New Orleans allows all of us to see the potential in everything. But to make that happen, we need to see New Orleans. And that’s the big twist we’re excited to announce. We won’t be cooped up in a hotel ballroom each day. Day 1 starts with guided group discussions followed by a special tour of the city. Then we’ll wrap things up with a social celebration and plenty of time to roam the city with new friends.


“It was really nice to hear from others who emerged from some dark days. It also speaks to the strength of this community, which I'm incredibly grateful for.”

— Nathan Sprehe, CEO, Almanac

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We had an incredible time at Owner Summit! Agency owners big and small, they love 'em all.

— Sherri Johnson, Co-Founder / Chief Creative Officer, Fly Media Productions


Day 2: Find Inspiration at the Orpheum

Since 1918, the Orpheum Theater has hosted vaudeville acts, films and orchestra performances. It’s the perfect setting for a meeting of uncommon minds. Discover what’s next for your business in a space with soaring ceilings, grand architecture and exquisite details. After Hurricane Katrina flood waters swept its lower reaches, the Orpheum emerged more enthralling than before. Wherever you are in your business, new ideas await at the Orpheum.


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“The entire experience was engaging and will help my business. I found the breakout sessions to be most helpful, and will help not only my business, but me personally.”

— Darin Lynch, Founder & CEO, Irish Titan


2Bobs, Live & Unplugged

David C. Baker and Blair Enns are the two brains behind the crazy popular podcast 2Bobs. And this year, you can hear them live as they take the stage. They’ll be taking questions from the audience, so who knows, you may be their next special guest.

Blair Enns

Blair Enns is on a mission to change the way creative services are bought and sold the world over. He is the CEO of Win Without Pitching, the sales training and coaching program for creative professionals, and a 25-year veteran of the business side of the advertising and design professions. He is the author of The Win Without Pitching Manifesto and Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour.

David C. Baker

David C. Baker is an author, speaker and advisor, helping entrepreneurial experts make better business decisions. He’s worked with 900+ marketing firms. His work has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, MarketingProfs, and BusinessWeek. He is the author of The Business of Expertise, Managing (Right) for the First Time and Financial Management of a Marketing Firm.

Stay tuned for more exciting speaker announcements as we scour the industry for game-changing insights and experiences.


Attendee Acclaim

What will you find at Owner Summit? Here are some things that alumni cited as most beneficial.

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“I was struck by how open, honest and welcoming the community was.”

Geoff Silverstein, Founding Partner, Friendly Design Co.

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“A few days later and our team is already starting to feel the impact Owner Summit made on our agency—big year ahead! If you’re an owner, you need the Bureau of Digital.”

— Joe Sampson, Co-founder & President, Nuera Marketing

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”The most helpful was the breakout sessions—we really enjoyed learning from other companies our size, and being able to help others in our position.”

— Callie Roberson, Owner + Designer, Creative Parc

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“There are too many to mention. I got something (sometimes many somethings) out of every session.”

— Bermon Painter, Innovation & Strategy Lead, EY

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“The realization that I’m not alone in my concerns/problems.”

— Angie Lane, Studio Director, Cool Blue Interactive



Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 

Interested in sponsoring Owner Summit? Let's connect.

Location image via The Orpheum Theater

Biz Dev Camp Charleston

Biz Dev Camp Charleston

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA  | HOTEL + TRAVEL

Biz Dev Camp Charleston, March 8–11, 2020
Wild Dunes Resort
5757 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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Head to the Lowcountry to Reach New Biz Dev Heights

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Sure, you’re closing business. But it isn’t always easy, and you’d like to find new ways to bring in bigger and better leads, to get more of the work you want. If only you could escape to a seaside paradise for a few days, and hash out solutions, uninterrupted, with two dozen or so new friends…

Biz Dev Camp gives you that opportunity. Set against an ocean backdrop with moderated conversations, good people and fun activities, it’s the perfect way to turn your biz dev approach upside down to create a more sustainable future.

Join us in the Lowcountry, a land of leisure, Southern charm, unforgettable food, and pristine natural surroundings. What better way to revamp your business than to get away from it all?


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“Biz Dev Camp provides the forum for conversations that just don't happen, as business development can be an isolating, behind-the-curtains discipline. The ability to dig in honestly and transparently with peers in our specific space is hard to even put a price tag on.”

– Zach Robbins, Director Of Business Development at Viget


THE DETAILS

March 8–11, 2020
Wild Dunes Resort
5757 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC 29451

A majority of our camps sell out in advance, so we curate them by application to ensure we allocate tickets fairly and you get the right experience with people who share your challenges. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive an invite to register.

Please apply early if you’re interested in joining us as this event fills up quickly.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Your $4,200 registration includes:

  • Hotel accommodations for four nights (3/8, 3/9, 3/10, 3/11)

  • Welcome reception on 3/8

  • Two days of moderated discussions and breakouts

  • Four meals (two breakfasts + two lunches)

  • Charleston food tour on 3/11

  • Closing dinner on 3/11


“I learned so much at Camp! Not only am I inspired to try new biz dev tactics, I feel like I have a whole new group of friends. The Bureau creates a positive, supportive community within the industry that extends beyond the session.”

— Sara Redpath, Director of Sales at OXD

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VITAL CONNECTIONS

The people you meet and the ideas you gain continue to impact your business long after you head home. Not only do you gain trusted industry allies, you also benefit from new opportunities to collaborate and access to an unparalleled support network.

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FRESH AIR & INSPIRATION

It’s no secret that innovative ideas show up when you least expect them, or that people tend to be more productive in the quiet moments of the day. Biz Dev Camp gives you the fresh air, creative environment and impromptu conversations that you need to truly focus on what matters.

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TIME AWAY FROM IT ALL

Spend some time away from it all, and come back inspired and energized. Your business, team and clients will thank you for it. It’s amazing how much better solutions are when you take time to recharge.

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A UNIQUE VANTAGE POINT

Biz Dev Camp isn’t just about tips and tricks. It’s an insider view into other shops and approaches. Hear first-hand how others are approaching business development and work together to create new paths forward.

OVERVIEW  | AGENDA  | HOTEL + TRAVEL


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners:

 
 
 
 

Location images via Destination Hotels and Wild Dunes Resort