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Zero Landfill 2016

Heather Howell : January 18, 2017 11:00 am : Blog


We are happy to announce that ZeroLandfillDenver (ZLD) has been adopted by Women in Design, Denver.  We are now looking for a new location to host this much-needed program so we need your help! If you are interested in donating space or volunteering with ZLD please contact WiDInfo@widdenver.org Keep reading for more details!

About the Program:

ZeroLandfill is an award-winning up cycling program held seasonally that diverts expired specification samples and supports the needs of local artists and art educators while reducing pressure on local landfill capacity.
Collection of materials from design firms to collection site during a specific window of time.
Collection requirements
  • Firms will bring Discontinued, expired or unused  samples only form their Designer library.  No paper or product catalogs or tip cards allowed.
  • Sort items by type in boxes with firm/organization name clearly marked
  • If possible, remove binders and/or backing and recycle at your home or workplace.
Seperation, sorting and weighing of samples. Volunteers needed.  Dates/ times to be determined.
This is often a fun, bonding interaction with amazing people from the community.
The public comes to take samples away for their use.
Find us on Facebook: Zerolandfill Denver
Follow us on Twitter: @ZeroLandfillDen
Join our ZeroLandfill group on LinkedIn
Join our team in Women in Design

Host Site Space Requirements:

1. Warehouse room or a space to house collections of outdated/discontinued materials (100 s.f. min. is ideal)  This can be short term (4-6 weeks) 2-4 times a year

      OR  A permanent space so the collections can be collected and managed all year long from designers.  We still plan to only have 2-4 Harvest days open to the public (unless a site is open to letting people collect at any time.)
      OR Parking spaces in an exterior lot or along a building for a storage container (8’x48’ standard shipping container)

2. Parking for public during Harvest days.  10+ cars ideal

3. Accessibility to one designated person in charge

4. Room for staging space in or near the storage for Sorting and weighing


Wish List:

1.  Designate space full time so that collections can be taken and sorted all year. (scheduled by a volunteer)

2.  Above warehouse space plus use of box pallets and a fork lift.

3.  Access to a parking lot so public can remain outside during Harvest days.

4.  Access to a large Industrial scale



 If you do not have a site or space to provide, your company can still help support ZLD and WID.
  • Give money as Primary Sponsor $500 (logo on all print)
  • Donate money for items needed (i.e.: storage container, tools, gloves, events…)
  • Sponsor a Cultivate/Harvest day by providing food and beverages (Event coverage and product display)


Please let us know if you are interested in any of the following:
  • Core team volunteer (committee on WiD steering committee)
  • Volunteer for sorting or Harvest days
  • Produce up-cycled items as examples to share with the public
  • Want to be notified of Harvest (collection) days only
  • Material Accountability volunteer (meet people at collection site as needed)
  • Social Media Outreach (manage Facebook, Twitter accounts and more)
  • Sponsor

A word from our Student members…

Heather Howell : November 4, 2016 1:21 pm : Blog


My name is Kristina Schock and I am a new student member of WID.  I recently attended an event and was inspired to become a building block of an already great community you have built for women.
As a senior studying Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver, I will be displaying works with my graduating class this December.  This event is a great chance to network for the 3 women that will be displaying products they designed and developed during their time in our program.  The event is open to the public and free.  There will be 13 designers in total displaying a variety of products from automotive and furniture to housewares and soft goods. There will be an open bar (beer and wine) and light snacks, as well as a few food trucks at the event.


Please help us spread the word among design professionals for our show.  I look forward to growing our community together.


MSU Denver Senior Industrial Design Exhibition
12.17.16 | 4pm-10pm
4301 Claude Court, Denver, CO, United States


Kristina Schock
IDSA Student Chapter Senior Liason
Metropolitan State University of Denver


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SEGD DENVER: Speaker Event

Heather Howell : September 27, 2016 10:16 am : Blog


Did you see the 2016 and 2015 NHL All-star Game graphics? How about the graphics for the 2016 College playoffs or 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics?
Have you visited downtown Los Angeles or the California Science Center lately and wonder who designed the signs?
Or have you been to 16th Street Mall or by the Denver Performing Arts Complex and seen the signs that illuminate downtown Denver?
Ever wondered who built the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada sign or the Argonaut Liquor sign on Colfax?
Would you like to meet the designers and builders that made these creations happen?
Join us October 6th at Hampden Hall to hear from national and local leaders who design and build signage and places!
In this unique presentation, we have invited several professional practitioners, who work in the planning, design, and build aspects of the Experiential and/or Environmental Graphic Design field, to come together and inform us on how they found their way into this profession and share with us their experiences and inspiring stories of how they have worked to help connect people to places.
The speaker panel includes:
A panel discussion will commence after the speaker presentations and will be moderated by SEGD Board Member George Lim (Tangram Design).
Tickets are FREE!
Grab your raffle ticket at the door! We will be giving away 1 signed copy of Wayne Hunt’s book Designing & Planning Environmental Graphics.
Additional Info
Doors open at 6pm for a social hour where appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Speaker presentation starts at 7pm. The Englewood Civic Center has free covered parking. The light rail stops right in front of the building at the Englewood Station.


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PLACE: History in the Making

SMcMullen : August 21, 2016 8:15 am : Blog




Mark your calendars for this unique presentation profiling two of this region’s most famous designers – industrial designer, Michael McCoy and architect, Curt Fentress.  WiD members may use coupon code WID2016 for discounted registration.


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A hackathon to fight global poverty.

Heather Howell : July 6, 2016 1:03 pm : Blog

For the second year in a row the Posner Center for International Development is bringing together Posner organizations, the Colorado international development community, entrepreneurs, members of the tech community, and educators, to create collaborative, innovative solutions to international development challenges faced by Posner Center Tenants.
Join us from July 10-12, 2016.

The Posner Center brings together over 60 development-oriented businesses and organizations in a 25,000 square-foot shared space in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood to spur innovation by enabling groups to cross-pollinate through the exchange of ideas, the overlap of programming, and the generation of more comprehensive and lasting solutions to global poverty. The Posner Center is located at 1031 33rd Street Denver, Colorado 80205.



SCHEDULE July 10-12, 2016

SUNDAY July 10

3:30 pm – Check In
4:00 pm – Challenge Organizations Brief
5:00 pm – Team Building
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – Close and Go Home

MONDAY July 11

8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Hacking Challenges
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Hacking Challenges
6:00 pm – Dinner
8:30 pm – Close and Go Home


8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Hacking Challenges
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Finalize Pitches
2:00 pm – Initial Pitches
2:00 pm – Finalist Teams Announced
4:00 pm – Finalist Presentations
5:00 pm – Happy Hour Starts!
5:30 pm – Featured Speakers
6:00 pm – Winners Announced
7:30 pm – The End!

For more information and to register visit povertyhack.posnercenter.org


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Featured 8×8 Presenters, Meg Froleich and Amy Beatie

SMcMullen : April 14, 2016 12:53 pm : Blog

This is the final of a series of four posts spotlighting WiD’s 2016 8×8 speakers.

Meg Froleich

Producer, Director and Writer, Strong Sisters

A producer for television, the Internet and multimedia, Meg Froelich has produced documentary episodes for the A&E series “Biography” and “The Twentieth Century with Mike Wallace.” She worked on PBS’ “American Masters and “The American Experience” series, as well as documentary series on education and childhood.  Meg produced the CD-ROM and DVD versions of Our Times: An Encyclopedia of the Twentieth Century which included narration by James Earl Jones and several mini-documentaries.  She produced the web sites for Our Times, Encyclonet, and for the National Archives of Singapore.  Recently she has produced pro-bono pieces for not for profit organizations in Denver.  Meg has served as an elected official as a Greenwood Village Councilmember. She is the former Executive Director of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training and has taught social studies at the secondary and higher education levels.  She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds a Masters Degree in History from the University of Michigan.

Amy Beatie

Executive Director, Colorado Water Trust

For the last nine years, Amy Beatie has served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Water Trust, whose mission is to restore and protect streamflows using market-based, voluntary, win-win solutions.  Prior to that, Ms. Beatie practiced water litigation at two Front Range water law firms and clerked for Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court. Ms. Beatie was elected in 2013 as the first ever Environmental Representative on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress, is on the Advisory Council of the One World One Water Center of Metro State University, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Denver Water Law Review.  In 2013, she won the Colorado Foundation For Water Education’s Emerging Leader Award.  She loves to ski, hike, raft, and fly fish, and is a proud member of Team X, a Women’s Association of Colorado Hockey ice hockey team.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her law degree from the University of Denver.  Her better two-thirds are her husband, Declan Galvin, and their amazing five-year- old son, who is really, really into Star Wars.

For more information about the event and to register, click here.


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Featured 8×8 Presenters, Cynthia Fishman and Deana Swetlik

SMcMullen : April 12, 2016 11:37 pm : Blog

This is the third of a series of four posts spotlighting WiD’s 2016 8×8 speakers.

Cynthia Fishman

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, KTGY Architecture and Planning


Cynthia Fishman is an architect working at the firm KTGY Architecture + Planning as a Project Manager. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, TX as well as an Ecological Design Certificate from the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, AZ.  She has served on the Board of Directors for both AIA Colorado and the local chapter of Architecture for Humanity, and is also an active volunteer in the local chapter of USGBC. In 2015, she was awarded the AIA Colorado Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the architectural profession.  Cynthia is currently going back to school for a Masters in Biomimicry at Arizona State University, which is the first in the world to offer an accredited program. Biomimicry is the conscious emulation of nature’s genius that can be applied to the fields of design, energy, medicine, transportation, and social innovation.  Since biomimicry and architecture are her passions, she is the process of combining the two and applying them to multi-family housing design at her current job.

Deana Swetlik

Founder/Director, Entelechy

Deana Swetlik, AICP is founder of Entelechy (en-’te- le-kē), an urban design based development services consulting firm. During her 20-plus year career, Deana has worked on revitalization of place and sustainable urbanism projects at all scales across 15 states. Ms. Swetlik works as a creative and technical liaison providing tactical solutions to developers, landowners, and economic development specialists. Her education from the University of Wisconsin and University of Denver includes architecture, planning, and real estate finance. Deana is an Integrated Leader, Positive Deviant and Fixer of Place. 11 deana head shot grey scale (1)


For more information about the event and to register, click here.

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Featured 8×8 Presenters, Evelyn Baker and Anna Newell Jones

SMcMullen : April 11, 2016 11:59 pm : Blog

This is the second of a series of four posts spotlighting WiD’s 2016 8×8 speakers.

Evelyn Baker

Deputy Director, Denver Community Planning and Development

evelyn-baker-CPD Evelyn Baker serves as deputy director of Community Planning and Development for the City and County of Denver. In this role since April 2014, she oversees many of the city’s ambitious planning and development initiatives including long-range planning, plan implementation, zoning, design, permitting and special projects.  Evelyn has more than 20 years of experience in local and regional planning in Denver and the San Francisco Bay Area.Evelyn’s passion for creating sustainable, livable communities was sparked in the environmental studies program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her master’s degree in planning from Cornell University.  Evelyn is a Denver resident and enjoys chasing after her two active sons and taking advantage of the many outdoor recreational amenities that Denver and the Rocky Mountains have to offer all year ‘round.

Anna Newell Jones

Author/Blogger, AndThenWeSaved.comThe Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living…

Anna Newell Jones was rapidly suffocating under the weight of too much debt. An inveterate “spender,” she was in way over her head, to the tune of almost $24,000. She knew her debt was only going to get worse if she didn’t take action, but she didn’t know where to look for help. On a whim, Anna decided to go on a spending fast— she quickly learned what worked and what didn’t and wrote all about it on her blog, AndThenWeSaved.com.  Amazingly, Anna was able to eliminate all $23,605.10 of her debt in only 15 months! She has been seen in Forbes, Self, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and The Chicago Tribune. Anna is the author of the book, The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living. How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get From Broke to Badass in Record Time. (The book goes on sale April 26th). Anna Newell Jones


For more information about the 8×8 and to register, click here.




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Featured 8×8 Presenters, Danika Gilbert and Diana Hall

SMcMullen : April 8, 2016 12:24 pm : Blog

This is the first of a series of four posts spotlighting WiD’s 2016 8×8 speakers.

Danika Gilbert

Expedition Leader, Ascend Afghanistan and San Juan Mountain Guides

Danika head shot Danika Gilbert has been guiding around the world for over twenty years. She has worked in many different environments, locations, and with women’s specific groups. From mountain biking and trekking to rock/ice climbing and backcountry skiing, Danika loves sharing the outdoors with others and helping them fulfill dreams. One of her most recent adventures involved guiding 13 young Afghan women on an empowering climbing expedition in Afghanistan through Ascend: Leadership through Athletics, a US based non-profit focused on empowering youth in conflict zones through sports. Danika lives in Southwest Colorado, working as a mountain guide and grant writer; helping others pursue lives full of adventure and passion.

Diana Hall

Founder/Owner, ActiveArmor

Diana Hall graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 1997 with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and has worked in process engineering and software for Fortune 500 companies across the country. She completed her MBA at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 2007, worked as a Business Development Director for nonprofits, and founded a mentoring program for children in poverty. Diana holds a patent on a hygienic, waterproof, breathable 3D-printed splint, and founded ActivArmor TM in 2014. Diana has established partnerships with professional athletes, medical specialists and business leaders to develop custom medical and sports products. Diana has spoken at several venues on the topic of 3D design and printing, small business ownership and start-ups, economic development and entrepreneurship, and has given a TEDx talk on the future of mass customization in design and manufacturing. 11894949_10204903424807012_1814524537_o


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Holiday Warm Fuzzy #3

Heather Howell : December 21, 2015 12:09 pm : Blog

Back in August, Women in Design joined Habitat for Humanity in the Women’s Build Week for 2015. We offered local Colorado students a $250 scholarship opportunity to join the team by competing in an essay contest. We now want to share those winning essays with you. We are proud to have these amazing, fantastic, creative, talented women living among us in Colorado and as a part of WiD.


Essay Winner #3

Essay Topic: If you could not fail – How would you use your design passion and skills to help make the world a better place?

As a young girl, I grew up in what is now referred to as Sunnyside. An up-and-coming, hip neighborhood in Denver, located northeast of Downtown. When I lived there, however, children did not play outside for fear of being hurt during frequent gang related drive-by shootings. Crime in the area was high and ones home was the only flimsy barrier offered from the chaos outside. There were no parks or safe public spaces within walking distance, the closest public library was the Central branch located near the Denver capitol miles away, accessible at that time only by car.  In this urban captivity, my home and neighborhood felt for like prisons than places of refuge. My goal as a design professional is to establish and maintain a safe, lively, and economically accessible built world.

For an impoverished population to truly thrive, there needs to be civic investment in that populations well-being. The outside world needs to care about the quality of life for their neighbors. When every citizen is proud of their home, the city as a whole is healthier. The state is healthier. The world is healthier. Economically healthy as well as mentally and emotionally healthy. There is nothing quite as detrimental to the psyche of a struggling, low-income population than being treated as a weak “other”, begging for scraps from the table. When visiting the homes of my friends living in Park Hill or Cherry Creek, I was met with lush, sprawling parks bordered and rows of cute shops and cafes. I walked away knowing that I was poor and that worlds like that were not built for people like me.

After being ignored or institutionally neglected for generations, the poor are left feeling like unwanted burdens. No child, no family, no community should feel this way. Some turn this pain into anger and perpetuate crime in these challenged areas. The only solution is to enable these groups to be their own advocates and feel confident speaking with designers to improve their area, this means that designers need to be more engaged with these groups. Engaged not as saviors with advanced degrees and inflated egos, but as community development partners.

As a working-class Latina entering a profession that is historically predominated by affluent white men, I feel it is my duty to represent my people as hard working and dedicated to a bright future for all- regardless of income. I have mentored young women of color who hope to someday be architects and I would love to participate in projects operated by Habitat for Humanity. Both activities challenge me as an aspiring design professional and part of a build team, but more importantly strengthen individuals who want to build a better world for themselves.

Author: Emilia Cabeza de Baca
Field of Study: Architecture at University of Colorado-Denver


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