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Design Leadership

Advancing the practice of design leadership.

Advancing
our craft

Our mission is to advance the practice of design leadership by fostering a community where the world’s best can learn from one another. We strive to make the Forum inclusive and relevant to those confronting the challenges of leading design teams.

Design Leadership
Forum members

This community is built for enterprise design leaders. There are 3000 members. Here’s a representation of who’s here:

Leslie Witt

Leslie Witt
Small Business, Intuit

Irene Au

Irene Au
Khosla Ventures

Frank Yoo

Frank Yoo
Google

Lori Kaplan

Lori Kaplan
Ecosystem, Atlassian

Bob Calvano

Bob Calvano
A+E Networks

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson
Discovery Channel

Eliel Johnson

Eliel Johnson
Charles Schwab

Amanda Linden

Amanda Linden
Facebook

Amy Lokey

Amy Lokey
ServiceNow

Heidi Shelton

Heidi Shelton
SEPHORA

John Couch

John Couch
Hulu

Sandro Cosaro

Sandro Cosaro
Fandango

John Moon

John Moon
Apple

Cliff Spence

Cliff Spence
Whalerock

Jon Dean

Jon Dean
Fox

Christy Schaefer

Christy Schaefer
Blizzard

Byron Phillipson

Byron Phillipson
Twitch

Todd Zaki Warfel

Todd Zaki Warfel
Author

Bob Baxley

Bob Baxley
Thoughtspot

Eli Woolery

Eli Woolery
InVision

Aarron Walter

Aarron Walter
InVision

Michelle Chin

Michelle Chin
Oracle

Shani Sandy

Shani Sandy
IBM

Laura Hahn

Laura Hahn
CBRE

Renda Morton

Renda Morton
Dropbox

Daniela Shuffler

Daniela Shuffler
WeddingWire

Pradeep Nayar

Pradeep Nayar
Allstate

Stephen Gates

Stephen Gates
InVision

Meriah Garrett

Meriah Garrett
USAA

Erica Weiss Tjader

Erica Weiss Tjader
SurveyMonkey

Shu Lai

Shu Lai
Coursera

Darren Tome

Darren Tome
Mashable

Levon Sharrow

Levon Sharrow
Patagonia

Laurie Schiada

Laurie Schiada
Boeing

Dane Howard

Dane Howard
Samsung

Jimmy Ball

Jimmy Ball
PwC

Amy Keeling

Amy Keeling
Athenahealth

Lara Hanlon

Lara Hanlon
IBM

Corwin Stone

Corwin Stone
Capital One

Todd Wilkins

Todd Wilkins
ShipStation

Kim Hicks

Kim Hicks
Disney Channel

Krystianne Avedian

Krystianne Avedian
Capgemini

Mindy Duong

Mindy Duong
East West Bank

Priyanka Kakar

Priyanka Kakar
The Walt Disney Company

Abigail Hart

Abigail Hart
Google

Heidi Shelton

Heidi Shelton
HDS Global

Cliff Spence

Cliff Spence
Sugar 23

Daniela Shuffler

Daniela Shuffler
The Knot Worldwide

Darren Tome

Darren Tome
CNN

Laurie Schiada

Laurie Schiada
Humana

Jimmy Ball

Jimmy Ball
7-Eleven

Amy Keeling

Amy Keeling
Babylon Health

What members
are saying

Frank Yoo

Face-to-face conversations are the best resources for growing as a design leader. The connections I’ve made here are real, the advice and anecdotes are fresh and relevant, and it’s been equally rewarding to offer some help in return.

Frank Yoo
Director of Product Design
Bob Calvano

The more I learn, the more I realize how much more there is to learn. Who better to learn from than design leaders who have been (and are still) in the trenches? The connections that will be made and relationships that will develop within this community will be priceless.

Bob Calvano
VP of Design

Benefits of
membership

  • Learn from the best

    An inside view of the practices at high-functioning design teams and their solutions to common problems.

  • Speak in confidence

    A chance to have candid, confidential conversations about issues that keep you up at night.

  • Broad perspectives

    A chance to connect with a broad network of experts committed to helping fellow design leaders advance.

  • Best practices from the front lines

    The opportunity to learn from veteran design leaders and industry influencers.

Summer
design leadership
events

The Design Leadership Forum usually convenes at dinners, online events, a private slack community, community meetups, and at retreats that help members recharge while learning. Spending time together empowers us to connect and exchange ideas faster—and as a true community.

During the C-19 pandemic, the DLF will convene online in curated groups. Learn about the latest community insights in our public LinkedIn group.

Here’s a list of the upcoming member events.

Event date and location

  • July 16, Online
    Design in Tech - EMEA
  • July 28, Online
    Remote Research Strategies - Panel Event
  • July 30, Online
    Design in CX - Americas
  • August 5, Online
    Member Town-Hall
  • August 6, Online
    Design in Healthcare - Americas
  • August 19, Online
    Remote Hiring Strategies - Panel Event
  • September 2, Online
    Member Town-Hall

Nominate a
Design Leader

The Design Leadership Forum brings together industry veterans and rising stars who direct design at leading companies.

Please submit a form if you or an experienced design leader you know would be a strong addition to the community.

All members of the Design Leadership community agree to follow a clear code of conduct.