Ladies, Wine & Design

photo from Ladies, Wine & Design - Lisbon

photo from Ladies, Wine & Design - Lisbon

Whenever I attend a Ladies Wine & Design (LW&D) event or when I talk about it, there's always a few people curious about it so I decided to write about it today as it's been a week since I attended one of their events.

If you don’t know what LW&D is here’s a little description I found on their website

Ladies, Wine Design was started by Jessica Walsh after writing this article as an initiative to foster female creativity. Only a tiny percent of creative directors are women, and LW&D wants to help change this through mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, and creative meet-ups. In less than a year of launching, we've spread to chapters in over 75 cities all over the world. In New York, LW&D is a monthly salon night limited to a small group of creative women. We’ll wine, dine, and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life.

The event was brought to Portugal by two awesome ladies (Bárbara and Yana) and it has been hosted in different locations since last July. The themes have varied from freelance to leadership and family/career balance...

I used to work with Bárbara in my last job so that how I first heard about the event.
Now, as you may or may not know I’m quite a shy person (and an introvert) so even the word event can be scary to me. But when LW&D was first starting out I was still working full-time with Bárbara and I could see her enthusiasm and how happy she was and that was so contagious that I knew I wanted to attend and be part of it. So far, I’ve been to three of them.

And what’s the difference between LW&D and other creative events? First of all, it’s for women only and most subjects are seen from a feminine perspective and we talk about the struggles we have as women in the creative industry. But one of my favorite parts of it is the fact that it’s for 6 people only which means there’s space for everyone to talk, give and receive feedback! There are never small groups formed, which tends to happen in bigger events and the conversation is so interesting and flows so naturally that you don’t usually feel time pass.

Group photo from one of the events I attended where we showed our portfolios and gave critique and advice to each other. Photo by Olga Moreira

Group photo from one of the events I attended where we showed our portfolios and gave critique and advice to each other. Photo by Olga Moreira

In every event, Bárbara and Yana invite two women to talk about their experience in any given topic. I just learned that this is something they added to the original event and I find it to be a great idea as it usually helps to break the ice and begin the conversation.

Hosting an event like this while having to also focus on your work can’t be easy and I have huge respect for what Bárbara and Yana are doing, so much so that I really want to see LW&D grow and grow in Portugal even if it means the events are always fully booked and I can no longer attend them!

I hope this sparked your interest! The event happens in a bunch of cities around the globe, you can see if there's one close to you here. And if there isn't, how about creating it yourself?
If you're near Lisbon, please consider attending one of the next events! Visit its facebook page for more details.