Leading Design Festival March 2021

A month of amazing design leadership activities including a 3-day conference, weekly talks, masterclasses, mentoring sessions and a host of other events.

We're kicking off our online Design Leadership Festival on the 2-4 March with a 3-day Conference covering all the essentials of what makes a successful leader. It'll be all the great content you've come to expect from our in-person events, but from the comfort of your own home.

Want to keep the insights coming? Then why not join us for The Rest of the Fest, an extended series of talks, panel discussions, mentoring sessions and networking events throughout the month of March. Perfect for the busy design exec working to take their leadership to the next level.

If that's not enough, we've also arranged a series of 90-minute Masterclasses with some of the most influential design leaders in our field. These practical, hands on sessions will help you grow your leadership toolkit, and be the best leader you can possibly be.

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A message from our festival curator

We’ve all spent the last six months living on Zoom, and it’s frankly tiring. So when we started thinking about bringing Leading Design online, the last thing we wanted to do was force people to sit through a never-ending series of back-to-back talks.

Instead, we’ve decided to spread our event across a much longer period and turn it into a festival. So we’re going to have practical masterclasses on Tuesdays, talks and panel discussion on Thursdays, and a host of other sessions peppered throughout the month. This will hopefully allow our busy community of design leaders to pick and choose what to attend live (much like a real festival), and catch content they’ve missed on replay.

This sort of asynchronous time and place shifted content is fast becoming the norm. However there’s still something magical about bringing a group of peers together for a shared experience. So we’ll be kicking things off with a mini-conference. Spread over three afternoons (or mornings if you’re in the US), it’ll be a combination of over a dozen short talks, Q&As, and panel discussions, with plenty of breaks to make sure folks can fit things around their schedule, and not get fatigued.

To make things even easier you can choose to attend just the conference, pick specific masterclasses, or buy a pass that gives you unlimited access to the whole festival. The choice is yours.

Really hope you can join us next year - be sure to sign up to our mailing list to hear about tickets when they are announced.

Until then,


Andy Budd, Festival Curator Andy Budd, Festival Curator

Our Speakers

Join us and listen to a diverse group of speakers discuss how they have embraced the challenges of design leadership in their own unique ways. Our full line up will be announced soon.

Temi Adeniyi
Temi Adeniyi
Director of Design, Blinkist
Timothy Yeo
Timothy Yeo
Head of Design, Finder
Julie Zhuo
Julie Zhuo
VP of Design, Facebook, Author of The Making of a Manager
Aaron Irizarry
Aaron Irizarry
Head of Credit Solutions Design, Capital One

Past Sponsors

If you’re interested in sponsoring Leading Design, please get in touch, we’d love for you to be involved.

Sponsoring Leading Design connects your brand with design leaders from influential companies across the globe. The type of people who make hiring and purchasing decisions, define process and tool use, and promote design at all levels of the organisation.

Join us at Leading Design and let your brand be a great part of an industry-leading experience.

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