We’ve got exciting things afoot in the coming year. Through our Leading Design events, we equip design leaders, whether they’re newly in post or have that hallowed seat at the table, with everything they need to take both their careers and their leadership to the next level.

Our events team had our own retreat to take time to reflect, learn and spend time on understanding the needs of design leaders, that’s why we are excited to announce our Leading Design events over 2020.

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Leading Design Conferences

Our conferences bring together experts who lead design teams, oversee design direction and know what it takes to successfully create design culture in organisations. You’ll hear their practical tips, take part in hands-on workshops, and get a chance to meet peers from all over the world.

After four years of successful sell out events in London and most recently in New York, we decided to head to the West Coast - San Francisco. We’ve assembled a wonderful group of design leaders who will cover a wide range of topics to help you make the most of your Design Leadership journey. Even though we have sold out you can add your name to the waitlist and of course keep an eye out for the talk videos post conference.

European folk, do not fear we will be having Leading Design London the 4-6th November, 2020. We’re launching tickets on the 9th March so if you are interested in getting early bird tickets let us know here and we will be sure to drop you an email when the tickets go live.

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Leading Design Community meet-ups

Leading Design isn’t all talks and workshops - we’ve created plenty of opportunities for you to meet like-minded design leaders, swap stories, and build relationships we hope will last the rest of your careers. Our community meet-ups are a place to meet other design leaders in a safe, relaxed, supportive space – to share, learn, and have fun. This year we are hosting a number of Leading Design Community Meetups across the globe - London, San Francisco, New York and more!

Find out more about our meet-ups and all the dates here.

P.S If you are going to be at SXSW - Andy Budd, LD Conference curator and founder of the LD Slack Community will be arranging a causal drinks meetup on Thursday 19th March. If you’re around and want to meet other design leaders register your interest here.

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Leading Design Retreats

As a design leader, you’re responsible for a team, the direction they take, how they carry out their work, how they innovate, and how they make progress in their individual careers. That’s a lot of responsibility to hold and sometimes when looking after others we neglect ourselves. Our retreats are a perfect opportunity to re-focus on your own self-development and prioritise your own journey.

Find out more about our Retreat in Norway in September 2020.

Stay connected

Follow our Leading Design Medium account where we have recently interviewed Margaret Lee (Director, UX Community & Culture at Google) reflecting on her own personal journey as a leader and how she came to reconcile her own true self against conventional expectations.

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Well, that’s all for now folks, we can’t wait to see you all in 2020!