Business of Design: Building Your Leadership Profile (Virtual)

Thinking about how to grow in your leadership career? Imagining how to become a Director or VP one day? Or just starting out in your leadership role? Join April Neufeld of Design Dept., for a workshop on building your leadership profile.

April will explain the four pillars of creative leadership and how they may impact career paths. She’ll also explore why different roles need different skill sets and explore how leaders can make their current roles more sustainable.

**Sign up by May 5th – Attendees will receive materials in the mail prior to the workshop**

What you'll learn and do

  • Explore the four key areas of responsibility for any creative leader
  • Evaluate your skills within each area
  • Discuss the impact of your profile in your current role
  • Map out potential career paths based on your current and ideal profiles

Who should attend

This workshop is perfect for existing design leaders or managers looking to gain more clarity on the type of leader they want to be, and how they might get there. Creative leaders across all disciplines and industries are welcome—brand, product design, research, content strategy, and others.

About the Speaker — April Neufeld

With two decades of crafting solutions and building design teams, April’s passions lie in cultivating sustainable and fluid design organizations that can tackle the most adventurous challenges. She believes by creating the conditions for design teams to think deeply, collaborate fully, and work creatively, that the best experience emerges.

April has crafted experiences with HBO, Samsung, Scholastic, and Audible. In her previous role as Director of User Experience at Audible/Amazon, she led design teams focused on creating experiences that allowed listeners young and old to step into their favorite stories while at home, on the go, or with their families.

April is a Co-Active trained leadership coach, exploring the intersection of design, leadership, and mindfulness with her coaching clients.

About Design Dept.

Design Dept. is a leadership development company that helps transform the way creative leaders work through individual coaching, workshops, and customized workplace learning and development programs. Their guided experiences help new leaders gracefully transition from individual creators to design management and support seasoned directors to refresh their skills in particular areas. From the art of critique and organizational design to building cross-functional relationships and navigating difficult conversations, participants learn to treat leadership as a creative practice.

Founded in 2016 by Mia Blume, a former design leader at Pinterest, Square, and IDEO, her work is informed by a deep understanding of the position of creative leaders at high-growth technology companies. She believes that when a designer’s authentic leadership style is unlocked, it impacts not only individuals and teams, but the products, services, and organizations that shape our world.

About Business of Design

This event is part of the Business of Design series which seeks to help creatives with professional development and workplace knowledge. From small businesses and freelancers to in-house and agencies, we want to help you grow.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Design Continuum Fund

10% of the proceeds from this and every event goes to the AIGA DC Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship, fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education.

When & Where
Sat, May 16, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT