As design has become the key link between users and today’s complex and rapidly evolving digital and physical experiences, design leaders recognise that it’s not just the product of design or strategy, but the practice of design leadership that ultimately affects the customer experience. The learning retreat 'Leading design for design leaders' provides design leaders with a mix of theory, principles, practical guidelines, and the inspiration to create and lead design teams within all different types of organisations.
This training program is designed as an intensive, 4-day learning retreat with a focus on designing and leading your teams and organization. The experience will take you out of your daily work with an emphasis on removing distractions, and an opportunity to rethink, reset, and recharge in a supportive environment. This doesn’t mean that this retreat is a vacation. Instead, it is a full immersion in design leadership, and an investment in yourself and your career journey.
This year's edition will be held from Monday, October 4 to Thursday, October 7 in Barcelona, Spain. You’ll leave the city inspired with a clear set of practical guides and a toolkit for defining the core operating rhythm for your design team. The learning retreat is all inclusive. Just book and plan your travel to Barcelona and meet us on Plaça de Catalunya, the historical heart of the city. We’ll take care of everything else.
Please fill in the form below to secure your spot and we’ll get back to you shortly.
To get you inspired, we would like to introduce you already to a few of the team members who will guide and teach you:
Kristin Skinner (United States) will be your main choach. Kristin is an author, speaker, teacher, and seasoned organisation design leader. She is co-author of Org Design for Design Orgs: Building and Managing In-House Design Teams.
Chris Grant (United States) has led product design teams in the US and Europe for over a decade, specialising in strategic projects. Today he is Director of Product Design at Preply, an online educational platform that pairs students with private tutors.
Saswati Saha Mitra (United Kingdom) is Group Research Leader at Whatsapp. She works with multidisciplinary teams to build the right product and policy landscape in which new forms of innovation can succeed.
Caroline Hummels (The Netherlands) is professor in Design and Theory for Transformative Qualities at the department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).
Alison Rand (United States) is Senior Director, Head of Design Operations at InVision and member of InVision's Design Leadership Forum.
Anel Muller (United States) is the Design Operations Lead at PayPal. Her unique professional background has taken her from the halls of an elementary school to the storage basements of museum collections to the sunny collaboration space of the design world.
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