Design Leadership Camp Palm Springs, January 19–22, 2020

An Honest, Inspiring Gathering for Design Leaders

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.


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.

Jen Sessums, Director, Experience Design, Fannie Mae

“Design Leadership Camp has been a highlight of my professional development. Nowhere else can you meet like-minded professionals in as intimate of a setting, openly discussing the challenges they face as designers and design leaders.”

– Jen Sessums, Director, Experience Design, Fannie Mae

Joe Lalley, Experience Design Leader, Digital Transformation at PwC

“Design Leadership Camp is a rare event where leaders from all over are able to truly let their guard down and share honest stories of wins, losses and learnings from their lives and careers.”

– Joe Lalley, Experience Design Leader, Digital Transformation at PwC

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

Plan Your Trip

Arrive Sunday 1/19 by 4:00 PM, so you can join us at our Welcome Reception which begins at 5:30 PM.

We’ll wind things down Wednesday 1/22 with the Closing Dinner from 7:00–10:00 PM. Turn in afterwards, or keep the party going with your fellow Campers.

Depart when you’re ready Thursday 1/23, or stay a few extra days!

Check out the agenda for more information to help you plan your trip.

Questions? Send us a note.

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

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


Thank You to Our Wonderful Partner:

Location images via Ace Hotel & Swim Club