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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 made of 400 people from all around the world. Here are a few of the most active members.

Leslie Witt

Leslie Witt
Small Business, Intuit

Irene Au

Irene Au
Khosla Ventures

Janet Covey

Janet Covey
JPMorganChase

Frank Yoo

Frank Yoo
Lyft

Lori Kaplan

Lori Kaplan
Ecosystem, Atlassian

Bob Calvano

Bob Calvano
A+E Networks

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson
NBCUniversal

Eliel Johnson

Eliel Johnson
Charles Schwab

Amanda Linden

Amanda Linden
Facebook

Amy Lokey

Amy Lokey
Google

Heidi Shelton

Heidi Shelton
FIGS

John Couch

John Couch
Hulu

Kayvan Sotoodeh

Kayvan Sotoodeh
Tillster

Sandro Cosaro

Sandro Cosaro
Fandango

John Moon

John Moon
Samsung

Cliff Spence

Cliff Spence
Whalerock

Jon Dean

Jon Dean
Fox

Christy Schaefer

Christy Schaefer
LA Times

Byron Phillipson

Byron Phillipson
Hulu

Todd Zaki Warfel

Todd Zaki Warfel
Author

Bob Baxley

Bob Baxley
Expert-in-residence

Eli Woolery

Eli Woolery
InVision

Aarron Walter

Aarron Walter
InVision

Michelle Chin

Michelle Chin
Disney

Shani Sandy

Shani Sandy
S+P Capital

Laura Hahn

Laura Hahn
Priceline

Renda Morton

Renda Morton
New York Times

Daniela Shuffler

Daniela Shuffler
WeddingWire

Pradeep Nayar

Pradeep Nayar
Allstate

Preet Singh

Preet Singh
Quicken Loans

Yana Carstens

Yana Carstens
Table XI

Stephen Gates

Stephen Gates
InVision

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
Head 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.

Design
leadership
events

Members of the Design Leadership Forum convene at dinners, special events and retreats. These gatherings are for honest conversations and to get the perspectives of peers who have been through similar experiences.

Event date and location

  • May 10, Seattle
    Dinner
  • May 17, NYC
    Dinner
  • May 31, LA
    Dinner
  • June 14, San Francisco
    Dinner
  • June 21, Amsterdam
    Dinner
  • June 28, London
    Dinner
  • July 12, Boston
    Dinner
  • July 19, Austin
    Dinner

Nominate a
Design Leader

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

Nominations for the Spring 2018 cohort are now open. 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.