AIGA Gender Equity in Design

A workshop with Leyla Acaroglu

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.


Event Takeaways

  • • 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


About the facilitator

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.


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When & Where
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 AM
School of Visual Concepts
2300 7th Avenue
Suite B
Seattle, Washington 98121