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

RICHARD BANFIELD  CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil

RICHARD BANFIELD
CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil


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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: