San Francisco 2023

Join a community of design leaders for two days of inspiration, learning and connection. Brought to you by design transformation consultancy Clearleft.
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Now in its eighth year, Leading Design is a world-class conference for people leading design teams, overseeing design direction, or striving to instil a culture of design within their organisations. Our past speakers have worked at Figma, Netflix, IBM Design Studio, Spotify and Google. We are assembling a wonderful group of design leaders who will cover a wide range of topics to help inspire you on your own design leadership journey.

Three reasons to join us at Leading Design San Francisco

Learn from industry leaders

Our industry leading speakers will share years of experience in finding talent, building culture, structuring and developing their teams, managing upwards, coping with stress, and maintaining personal wellbeing.

Connect with your peers

Design leadership can be hard; especially if you’ve not done it before. The best way to meet this challenge is through the support of your peers, so we’ve created plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded design leaders, swap stories, and build relationships that we know will last the rest of your careers.

Experience a unique programme

Most conferences are focussed on practitioners. We’ve put together a unique programme of events designed specifically to hone your leadership skills. We believe that by the end of this conference we will have helped you tackle some of your most pressing challenges, enabling you to become the most effective design leader possible.

Past events

Leading Design has been running since 2016 with conferences, retreats, coaching and meetups to guide you through every stage of your leadership journey. Take a look at our past events.

The Venue


The first stand-alone structure in the country built specifically for jazz, the SFJAZZ Center was designed by award-winning San Francisco architect Mark Cavagnero, who worked with acoustician Sam Berkow and theater designer Len Auerbach to create a main performance space with the acoustic quality of a great concert hall and the relaxed intimacy of a jazz club.

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