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


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


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



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.



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.



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.



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.


“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.



Thank You to Our Wonderful Partner:

Location images via Ace Hotel & Swim Club