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WOMAN UP! A Creative Conference for Women

Sat, Sep 16, 2017 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Olmsted Center
2875 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

Join AIGA Iowa for the first annual WOMAN UP! Conference, championing female talent and professional development. Learn from both local and nationally renowned designers and business professionals, including Jessica Walsh of the internationally recognized design firm, Sagmeister & Walsh (NYC).

Choose from a variety of sessions throughout the day ranging from personal projects like hand-lettering and journey mapping, to discussions on using creativity for social justice and finding a balance between business and family.

Breakout Session Descriptions

Lettering: Learn the art of hand-lettering and calligraphy from local artists. Each participant will leave with her own custom piece of art.

Nitty Gritty: Hear from local professionals on finding a balance between running a business and a family, tips to stay on top of your finances, and salary negotiation.

Experiencing UX: Discover how to create a journey map and how to implement it in today’s design trends and in everyday tasks.

Creativity for Social Justice: Join the discussion on how to use your artistic skills for the betterment of society.

Summary of the Event

AIGA will present speakers, local organizations, and participating vendors.

Opening Speaker
Cheryl Towler Weese of Studio Blue will kick off the event.

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Block 2 
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Closing Speaker
Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister & Walsh gives the last word with a talk about the value of play.

VIP Happy Hour*
Enjoy music, drinks, and hor d'oeuvres while you meet and mingle with the speakers and create your own screen printed poster to commemorate the event.

*VIP Happy Hour is meant for Conference attendees ONLY. If you wish to attend the Happy Hour, please purchase a VIP Add On ticket in addition to your Conference ticket.

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