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Celebrate 5280 Home!

Heather Howell : April 7, 2017 11:07 am : Blog


Come 5280may17mingle with local design professionals while enjoying complimentary cocktails and heavy apps.


Reserve your spot today!






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ZeroLandfill – Pollinate

SMcMullen : March 15, 2017 10:29 am : Blog

Pollination, the collection phase of ZeroLandfill has begun!  ZeroLandfill asks for the donation of discontinued, expired or unused samples from designer libraries.  A few tips for donation are listed below.  

  • Please sort items by type in boxes with your firm/organization name clearly marked.
  • If possible, remove binders and/or backing and recycle prior to drop off.  
  • Please DO NOT include paper, product catalogs or tip cards.

Donated materials may be dropped off at Pental Surfaces Denver Showroom only during the scheduled collection times – Between 2 PM and 4:30 PM on the following Fridays: March 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 14.  See our ZeroLandfill page for more about the program volunteer opportunities and donations!

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New Member Coffee

Heather Howell : February 22, 2017 9:23 am : Blog

February 28, 2017 – February 28, 2017

3350 Brighton Blvd

View MapMap and Directions | Register


2017.02.28 New Member Coffee

Join the Membership Committee and meet other new
members. Wake up with a cup of joe and get your
questions answered. Please RSVP by Feb. 27th

You must login to your WiD account first in order to RSVP.



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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