AIGA Gender Equity in Design

APRIL 1, 2016
Clever Creative | 2855 S. Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Enhance your leadership skills and advance gender equity with this one-day professional development workshop especially for designers.

Sessions start with a dive into gender, empathy, and workplace issues that affect leadership progression and collaboration. From there, a range of high-energy interactive activities bust through biases to forge co-designed solutions.

The event is gender inclusive and capped at 25 participants. Breakfast and lunch are provided.


  • Improve your understanding of gender-related cognitive biases and develop skills to overcome them
  • Increase your negotiating and collaboration skills
  • Develop enhanced communication and facilitation capabilities
  • Develop empathetic understanding of gender-related workplace issues
  • Improve your management style to be more inclusive and empowered
  • Leave with an improved toolset to enact equity in your workplace


OUTLINE: 8:30AM–4:00PM

Morning session

  • Introduction to behavioral bias and workplace equity
  • Small group activity on issue and opportunity identification
  • Leadership, empathy and storytelling activity


Lunch break

Afternoon session

  • Action and empathy mapping
  • Co-design ideation session on reframing biases


AIGA Members: $150
Potential Members: $200


Revenue from this workshop, part of a series across five AIGA chapters, supports a year-long gender equity project in collaboration with Disrupt Design. The result will be a toolkit to be made available to all AIGA chapters, and beyond.

Leyla Acaroglu, PhD, is a New York-based Australian designer, sociologist, educator, sustainability provocateur and entrepreneur respected around the world for her speaking and facilitation skills. She is the founder of The Un-School of Disruptive Design and two multidisciplinary design agencies dedicated to social and environmental innovation: Disrupt Design in New York and Eco Innovators in Melbourne. Leyla is a respected international speaker, facilitator, and communicator as well as a visiting scholar at NYU and an Innovator-in-residence at the Center for Social Innovation NYC. Her award-winning work challenges people to see the secret life of everyday things and to think differently about the ways in which we live in the world.



By Jessica Arana
Published March 8, 2016
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