Design Leadership Camp Koloa

Design finally has a seat at the table, but like many of us, you probably didn’t study business management in school. Truth be told, you probably consider yourself a designer, developer or strategist who is now inexplicably running a big design team. How did that happen?

Until a couple of years ago, the only opportunity you had to commiserate about the dirty details of managing your team was yelling in someone's ear over the deafening din of a conference happy hour. 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?

Design Leadership Camp is a unique opportunity for 30 leaders of large design teams to learn, share and connect. Thanks to our partner InVision for making this event possible.

The Details

Koloa Landing in Koloa, HI

Koloa Landing in Koloa, HI

April 16–19, 2018
Koloa Landing, Koloa, Hawaii

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. Apply to attend, or put your name in to stay in the loop. There is no obligation to join us when you apply. Space is limited to 30 people, so don’t wait too long.

What's Included?

$4,750 registration fee includes accommodations.

Pure Inspiration Awaits

Creative spaces inspire creative problem solving. That’s why we've set Design Leadership Camp at Koloa Landing. We'll stay in one the top resorts in the world while we work through the design leadership challenges we're all facing. Forget stuffy conference rooms—we'll be connecting walking on the beach, or in a space with amazing views or while sitting around the pool with new friends.

You Set the Agenda

Discussions are open, honest and frank, and everyone participates—everyone! Design Leadership Camp is not about a single person standing in the front of a room, presenting while you scribble notes. Instead, it’s a series of moderated, candid conversations. There are no elephants in the room, because we confront them, together.

Our attendees determine the discussion topics at Design Leadership Camp. We start with a wide range of ideas and whittle them down to the most popular. We anticipate we'll be discussing the following topics:

  • Scaling teams

  • Communicating vision

  • The right team structure

  • Staying innovative

  • Getting better at managing people

  • Collaboration outside of your team

...and whatever else seems right to you. The goal is to help you solve your challenges, gain inspiration and get back to work with a whole set of ideas to implement immediately. 

One of the things you'll quickly discover at Design Leadership Camp is that no matter how unique you feel your experiences are, there are several people who have gone through very similar situations. Comparing notes about how each of you dealt with these situations is truly eye-opening.

No one at Design Leadership Camp is there to tell you what to do or how to do it, but we guarantee you'll walk away with perspectives that will allow you to make more informed decisions.

Perhaps the best thing about Design Leadership Camp is that our attendees are from diverse backgrounds and industry niches, offering perspectives well outside of your immediate circle of influence.

During the event, we’ll begin to forge lasting relationships that eventually serve as an ongoing support system. You'll retain access to this dialog long after the event. Design Leadership Camp offers an ongoing forum where you can regularly maintain contact and provide advice, trade stories and share successes well after you part ways.

What is Design Leadership Camp?

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How Camp is Structured

A facilitated conversation at Design Leadership Camp 001 in Gateway Canyons

We devote meaningful amounts of time to discuss issues that are important to you as a design leader, with structure. But we don't get started early in the morning, and we don't like to be stuck in a meeting room for too long either, especially when you're amongst such amazing surroundings.


Monday, April 16

  • By 4:00 PM : Arrive at Koloa Landing

  • 5:30–7:00 PM : Welcome Reception

Tuesday, April 17

  • 9:00–10:30 AM : Breakfast

  • 11:00 AM–1:00 PM : Opening and Introductions

  • 1:00–2:30 PM : Lunch

  • 2:30–4:00 PM : Session

  • 4:00–4:30 PM : Break

  • 4:30–5:30 PM : Session

Wednesday, April 18

  • 9:00–10:30 AM : Breakfast

  • 11:00 AM–1:00 PM : Session

  • 1:00–2:30 PM : Lunch

  • 2:30–4:00 PM : Session

  • 4:00–4:30 PM : Break

  • 4:30–5:30 PM : Breakout Session

Thursday, April 19

  • Morning : Rest and relax or join us for some fun activities

  • 2:00–4:00 PM : Session

  • 4:00–4:30 PM : Break

  • 4:30–5:30 PM : Breakout Session

  • 5:30–5:40 PM : Session

  • 7:30–10:00 PM : Closing Dinner/Luau

Friday, April 20

  • Anytime : Head home when you're ready, or stay a few extra days!

Design Leadership Camp is made possible with support from:

Location images via Koloa Landing