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WiD in the News

Oct. 23rd 2019

Check out the 5280 and Denver Post articles about Denver Design Week!

Can good design solve all of Denver’s problems?

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2019 Denver Design Week

Sep. 18th 2019

Denver Design Week is about exploring and celebrating the real and meaningful impact design contributes to our economic, social and cultural quality of life through cross discipline discussion, dialogue and collaboration. Click here to learn more about the seven days of keynotes, parties, tours, networking and fun.

And don’t forget to register for WiD’s Keystone Speaker Event which is part of Denver Design Week in 2019!  

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Inaugural Young Industry Professionals Awards 10/2/19

Sep. 12th 2019

Visit www.denverdoesdesign.com for info and to purchase tickets!

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2019 RockCon Expo

Sep. 12th 2019

ASID, IIDA, IFMA, NEWH, NKBA, and WiD have joined forces to make RockCon an inclusive built environment based tradeshow. We believe that the more Interior Designers can find common ground, the stronger we can make our profession. There will be nearly 150 exhibitors displaying their newest and best products.

RockCon is offering (12) CEUs across three time slots with residential, commercial, and facilities focused courses, in addition to general professional development and sustainability.

Click here to register!

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Portraits of Inclusion Photography Exhibit

Apr. 11th 2019
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2019 8×8 Speaker – Beth Smith

Mar. 26th 2019

Beth Smith has been empowering business owners, hiring managers and human resource directors for over a decade to interview and hire the right person the first time. She discovered the importance of the interviewing process when she made a poor hiring decision, which almost led to the demise of her first company. After launching an enormous research project so that she could learn how to conduct more effective interviews, she concluded that there is a science to interviewing. She also discovered
that many managers are thrown into the interview room, scrambling to figure out what to ask and what to listen for, instead of actually being taught how to conduct an effective interview. Beth’s mission has become to transform the world through the interview process in order to promote happy and productive work environments for both employers and employees. To do this, she created A-list Interviews.

Through the research she did on the interview process and through the almost 20,000 candidates that she has interviewed, Beth developed the Response Analysis SystemTM. Studies done on the Response Analysis SystemTM show that 91% of those who were interviewed and then hired based on the Response Analysis SystemTM are still employed by the company 12 months later. The power of this system is from the advanced ability to listen to job applicants and measure their fit into an organization both culturally and for skill level.

Beth graduated from the University of Texas in 1995 with degrees in History and Social Work with a minor in English. She also studied Psychology, Philosophy, and Child Development. She has won several awards within her community and industry, such as, Women Who Make a Difference in Boulder, Business Owner of the Year, Certificates of Service for The Hill Alliance, and The Responsible Hospitality Group.

She currently lives in Boulder with her family. In her free time, Beth hikes, lift weights and is a die-hard football fan. She also makes the best English teacakes on the planet!

For links to the other speaker bios and to register for the 8×8, click here!

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2019 8×8 Speaker – Michelle King Noel

Mar. 25th 2019

In October 2004, Michele King started Rhinotrax Construction as a commercial general contracting company built on the principles of honesty, transparency, and commitment to owners, designers, trades and fellow employees. She did so with this key value in mind : “ Always Do The Right Thing.”

Rhinotrax is an exclusively woman owned and managed Colorado corporation that is also licensed in Arizona, California, and Washington.

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2019 8×8 Speaker – Mary Helen Pratte

Mar. 25th 2019

Ms. Pratte has a Master of Fine Arts degree in 3 Dimensional Design and a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design, she was awarded a Rotary Graduate Fellowship and studied furniture design at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. She has practiced interior design for over 35 years. For ten years, Ms. Pratte was the director of the Interior Design Program at UTSA and interior design faculty at UT Austin for six year.

Recognizing a void in the furniture industry for finely crafted metal products, she founded EKITTA in 1991, an interior furnishings company. She has developed furniture, lighting and other interior products for American manufacturers, which have received many awards such as Best of NEOCON. Due to her contributions and recognitions in the profession of interior design, she was made a Fellow Member of the International Interior Design Association.

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WiD Members Discount! Kickoff World Landscape Architecture Month at Alamo Drafthouse.

Mar. 25th 2019

Can’t make the monthly First Tuesday Recess?

Join ASLA Colorado and the Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation for and exclusive Viewing Party screening Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf at Alamo Drafthouse in Sloan’s Lake on Tuesday, April 2nd.

Enjoy drinks, small bites, and unlimited popcorn while learning about the process behind Piet Oudolf’s inspiring landscapes. A renowned landscape designer, Oudolf has worked on landscapes around the world, including Chicago’s Lurie Garden and the High Line in New York City. 

See the trailer HERE.

Early bird pricing ends on March 30. All event proceeds will support the JSR Foundation’s annual Landscape Architecture scholarship. 

CLICK HERE to register. 

Women in Design members can use the promo code “WLAMONTH2019” for exclusive $20 ticket pricing

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Team Up to Build an Urban ‘Parklet’ in Downtown Denver

Mar. 25th 2019

Engage with the 2019 the Greater & Greener conference

Design Workshop is involved with the conference and helping to organize a day of Parklets here in Denver to support the upcoming Greater & Greener conference. They are planning for a group of allied organizations to showcase their work and “host” a parklet downtown on July 22nd. The event will be an opportunity for various organizations to show off their work and mingle/ rub shoulders with other allied groups that are working toward the greening of downtown.  If you’re interested in engaging with this event please contact Jenna Harris, PLA at jharris@designworkshop.com

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2019 – 8 x 8 Speaker – Rikke Jorgensen

Mar. 25th 2019

Rikke founded Styleworks in 2002 to deliver cutting-edge interior design that rekindles functional design in new and creative ways. In the ensuing years, Styleworks has built its brand on the use of novel material and finishes and a synthesis of tradition and innovation.

Born in Denmark and educated in Copenhagen and Denver, Colorado, Rikke’s work is a culmination of international and regional aesthetics. She received her BFA in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado as well as a Business diploma in Marketing from Niels Brocks Business College in Copenhagen. Extensive experience in the Danish kitchen and furniture industry as well as two decades of work experience in the US has allowed Rikke to foster a unique understanding of place and context at multiple levels

Rikke is known for her clarity of detail, hands-on approach and her ability to bring projects in on schedule and budget. Under Rikke’s leadership, Styleworks has developed a reputation for collaboration, responsiveness, commitment, and work that surprises, delights, and engages at all levels.

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2019 8×8 Speaker – Tricia Halsey

Mar. 14th 2019

Tricia Halsey is the Founder and Executive Director of Big Idea Project, a non-profit that exists to unleash the potential of high school students by providing experiential learning that forms student leadership, workforce readiness and personal wellbeing. Big Idea Project is the only co-curricular program of its kind in Colorado, having served over 2,100 students since its inception in 2014.

Tricia is a visionary leader driven by an insatiable desire to create spaces and experiences that enable people to become their best self and do their best work. When people feel valued and able to contribute at their highest and best, they move out into the world to positively transform families, neighborhoods, cities, and nations. As the thought leader of the Generous Leadership® paradigm, she is focused on developing the catalytic leaders who can shape society.

Tricia’s husband, Bryan, is her true partner. She has two sons, Noah and Micah, who continually teach her that fullness of life is found in uncompromising love, unmerited grace and unintentional joy.

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2019 8×8 SPEAKER – Lindee Zimmer

Mar. 14th 2019

Follow textures, lines and scattered stripes, and dive into the imagination; Lindee’s art stems from the colors of tropical birds, the cracks in the walls she draws her murals, energy of the universe that connects us. She was born in Boulder and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Art Education. She is the founder and director of the Fort Collins Mural Project. She currently lives in Denver. She spends her time painting any surface possible, creating immersive art environments and advocating for art.

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2019 8×8 Speaker – Gretchen Wilson

Mar. 13th 2019

Gretchen Wilson is a founding principal and landscape architect at Dig Studio. Gretchen draws from all aspects of a project including client and community goals, history, culture, site, users and ecology to create meaningful, successful designs and master plans. She is a LEED AP, promoting and practicing sustainable design and construction. She rigorously researches and listens to communities to develop bold, thoughtful, creative concepts and leads projects from planning through construction. Her knowledge of construction and attention to detail allow her to shape ideas into reality. She has worked extensively on multidisciplinary teams for both public and private sector clients for 20 years. Gretchen’s dedication and leadership has shaped streetscapes, parks, plazas, and public spaces at varying scales to artfully and sustainably tie communities together.

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SUPPORT THE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK ACT

Jan. 23rd 2019

Women in Design supports equal pay for equal work. Visit Colorado Women’s Bar Association’s website for more details about SB 19-085.

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Denver Design Week

Oct. 1st 2018

Good design has the power to change the world in real and meaningful ways. Economically, socially and culturally, good design is a driving force in our lives. Denver Design Week aims to be a platform to promote dialogue and discussion about design and how it relates to our city, state and world. With a focus on elevating the creative industry, Design Week is a seven day celebration and showcase of the region’s best architecture, interiors, art, brands and technology. Come support our city and help move design forward. Sign up here!

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2018 RockCon Interior Design Expo & Conference

Aug. 30th 2018

Join us for 2018 RockCon Interior Design Expo & Conference! ASID, NEWH, NKBA, and WiD have joined forces with IIDA to make RockConan inclusive interior design based trade show. We believe that the more Interior Designers can find common ground, the stronger we can make our profession. There will be nearly 100 exhibitors displaying their newest and best products.

The Expo begins at 10am and ends at 6pm, with a Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm.

Additionally, we will be offering 9 CEUs across four time slots, catering to both Residential and Commercial interiors as well as general professional development and sustainability.

Click here for more details and to register.

 

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Seeking an Administrative Assistant

Jul. 23rd 2018

Women in Design (WiD) is seeking a goal-oriented and self-motivated, part-time Administrative Assistant to assist keeping WiD organized and running smoothly.  Click below for details!

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100 Day Watch

Jun. 1st 2018

Cheryl Bicknell and Bret KudlickiMany of our Women in Design “veterans” know personally and professional our WiD founder, Cheryl Bicknell.  Over the last couple of months Cheryl has been going through the process of recovering from Lymphoblastic Lymphoma which is a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma via a stem cell transplant and need our help.

The period after the transplant, the “100 days”, requires constant supervision.  We are looking for volunteers to visit with Cheryl in her home.  You can bring your computer (the wifi is excellent) to work, read a book, or chat.

Sign up for available slots here via Meal Train to help us bridge the last 58 days: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/4dyor8

For more information on Cheryl’s journey please read the journal entries here: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chartingcherylscourse/journal

If you have any questions please contact me at Geneva.Kowalski(at)widdenver.org

Thank you!

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Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity

May. 30th 2018

 

In 2016, an SE3 Survey was conducted to investigate career advancement, compensation, and work-life balance (survey included structural engineers around the country). This presentation shares the findings, including why 56% of respondents had considered leaving the profession, the prevalence of the gender pay gap, and the importance of mentorship.  It will also include preliminary findings from the 2018 survey.  To register, visit seacolorado.org.

 

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Girls in STEM

May. 22nd 2018

Bring your friends, co-workers, sisters and daughters (significant others and sons welcome too!) and JOIN GIRLS IN STEM at the Alamo DraftHouse Aspen Grove for a special screening of Wonder Woman. The fun starts at 3:30 pm in the lobby with fun activities including a selfie wall, mocktails, cocktails and socializing! A portion of all ticket sales will help support our middle school and high school programs to encourage girls to seek out STEM opportunities. We can’t wait!  Purchase your tickets HERE

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ACEC Colorado 2018 Annual Meeting & Symposium

Apr. 18th 2018

 

Friday, April 27 | 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 

The Curtis Hotel (Denver)

ACEC Colorado Members: $159 full day |$99 lunch event only 

AEC-industry discount available to nonmembers using code Allied18

Click here for more information.

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Sixth Annual Design in Bloom

Apr. 2nd 2018

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SEGD Denver Presents Jan Lorenc

Mar. 14th 2018

Tuesday, March 20th, 6:00pm @ Denver Art Museum (FREE EVENT!)

SEGD Denver invites you to spend an evening with our Special Guest and Speaker Jan Lorenc on Tuesday, March 20th at the Denver Art Museum.

Jan has created spectacular places for the world’s finest brands including Delta, the Mayo Clinic, Sony, Hyatt, Vanke, Greenland, Samsung, UPS, and many others. He has also designed award-winning museum spaces, trade show exhibits, sculptures, and wayfinding signage systems across the globe. Come listen to the incredible personal, cultural, and international experiences that have cultivated Jan Lorenc’s inspiring design career and legacy.

Jan Lorenc recently took his position in the pantheon of SEGD Fellows at the 2017 SEGD Conference Experience Miami, beside experiential graphic design trailblazers including Massimo Vignelli, Lance Wyman, Wayne Hunt, Robert Venturi, Sue Gould, David Gibson, Donald Meeker and Michael Reed, among others.

Lorenc holds degrees in industrial design, architecture and visual communication, and he and his multidisciplinary firm have received numerous honors and accolades over 39 years since the founding of Lorenc+Yoo Design. Lorenc is the author of an exhibit design textbook,“What Is Exhibition Design?” and serves as a frequent design lecturer and adjunct professor of exhibition design at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), as well as at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

www.lorencyoodesign.com

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WiD Denver in Memory of Dan Hohs

Dec. 27th 2017

 

Thank you for your support!

We have raised $962 of the $1,000 goal in Dan’s Memory.

As many of you may know, earlier this fall our fellow WiD member and Board Member, Kristen Ruberg, experienced the tragic loss of her boyfriend, Dan Hohs. 

They were doing what they love: enjoying the outdoors on a weekend hike in Golden. Dan was bitten by a rattlesnake.

Dan’s legacy is one of great encouragement. He was a well-known triathlete with an extreme passion for sharing and promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention, through an active lifestyle. 

As a group, WiD has decided to contribute to one of his cherished charities: Hope for the Day. “Hope For The Day achieves proactive suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through self-expression platforms.”

If you would like to make a contribution as part of our group : “WiD Denver in Memory of Dan Hohs” please go to https://my.hftd.org/team/148178

This donation group is open to anyone, so please share this link with all who may be interested in contributing.

There are many articles that were written about Dan, such as this one : http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171010/stevenson-grad-killed-by-snakebite-had-magnetic-personality-mom-says

If you are able to contribute any amount, it will be part of a collective donation from WiD. We will update you on the amount raised mid January. 

We appreciate your generosity in supporting Dan’s memory as well as Kristen.

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Support the Latrine Project!

Sep. 22nd 2017

This project starts now and will continue until ALL 10 Latrines are built! Donations will be accepted through this GoFundMe page and we will have a donation table set up at the WiD 2017 Keystone Event – Raya Ani Oct 11th. Continue reading for more info…

Improving Hygiene and Sanitation for Girls in Cameroonian Schools

An estimated 40 percent of the population in Cameroon lives below the poverty line. Cameroonian women need reliable access to education to improve their earning potential and the quality of life.   Unfortunately, the lack of access to sanitary facilities and feminine pads have dissuaded many girls from attending school once they reach puberty. By dropping out of school so young, these girls will be subjected to the same cycle of poverty that their grandmothers currently experience.

Lets help over 1,900 young girls end this cycle by:

  • Providing hygiene education and access to safe and private lavatories
  • Constructing a VIP Toilet (private, latrine‐style lavatory) in 10 schools
  • Providing reusable sanitary pads for personal hygiene and sanitation

CDVTA Cameroon is facilitating partnerships between It’s Never 2 Late, Western Home Foundation and other supporting states and/or senior living communities in the U.S. with the villages to raise funding for this project. The funds will be dispersed through CDVTA to ensure the program’s successful completion. Please read the attached proposal for more information on the villages, costs, and nitty gritty of this project.

Please direct any questions to Heather Howell heather.howell@widdenver.org

 

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5280 Home Subscription for Members

Aug. 29th 2017

5280 Home is one of WiD’s amazing sponsors and they have offered to provide a free subscription to their print magazine to our members.  Make sure to sign into your account to receive the link and discount code below!

 

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Join WiD at RockCon August 17th

Aug. 10th 2017

RockCon is the Rocky Mountain Region’s first all-industry, post-Neocon Expo offering a tradeshow and CEU opportunities to the design-build community. Exhibitors and education will cater to the corporate, education, healthcare, hospitality, institutional, multifamily, and residential design   Registration and schedule of events on IIDA’s website.

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Women in Design has Rebranded!

Jul. 16th 2017

The Women in Design Steering Committee is excited to reveal the latest brand for our members and design community.  The committee brainstormed with our own keen-eyed experts and consulted with graphic designers to create artful, modern and meaningful visuals for communication through new colors, fonts and patterns. 

Colors will now distinguish the events hosted by our different committees.  First Tuesday Recess events are represented by green, our two large, annual Events are purple, orange is Educational, yellow is community Outreach, Networking events are cyan, and gray represents Membership.  

Each of the different square patterns represent each WID member. All the pattern elements together represent all WiD members supporting each other, working together and creating something bigger and more beautiful than their individual work.  

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Design with Benefits

Jul. 15th 2017

Thanks to all who voted, WiD has been chosen as the featured non-profit organization for Design with Benefits.  Design With Benefits is an online store featuring clever products made with social and environmental benefits in mind. A percentage of net profits goes toward creative projects using design to solve social problems. 

WOMEN IN DESIGN WILL RECEIVE 7% OF NET PROFITS FROM SALES IN JUNE + JULY, 2017.  Support WiD with guilt-free shopping through the end of July!

http://www.designwithbenefits.com/the-dish/women-in-design

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