Women in Leadership & Design


Women in Leadership & Design (WILD) is an initiative of AIGA San Francisco. Our mission is to amplify women and non-binary designers’ collective power and visibility. We mobilize and energize impact in design leadership by focusing our work on connecting, elevating, sharing, and educating designers in our community. Often, we do this through events like group meals, speaker series, workshops, meetups, and more. We exist to redesign leadership, together.


By bringing designers together in intimate settings, we foster community and collectivism

Highlighting design leaders and allies, endeavors, and opportunities lifts us up together

Through stories of lived experience and candid conversations on evolving industry perspectives

By offering skills-building content, coaching, and mentorship we drive leaders’ advancement


If you are fortunate enough to have resources or a little extra to spare, please consider making a donation. We greatly rely on the community’s generosity to help support WILD programming. As a 501(c)3, your donations will be used to help effectively promote events to the press, media and general audience as well as cover the cost of platforms, software, catering, event space, our staff and Tech support for virtual events. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

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Want to join forces as a WILD partner? Email partner@aigasf.org to see how we can work together.

Have an event or meetup idea that you would like to pitch to the WILD committee?
Email wild-events@aigasf.org.


We’re building an organization of women and non-binary designers to mobilize and energize our impact together. Whether you’re already a design leader, a design professional on the path to design leadership, or an aspiring designer, WILD has something for you. From community to culture to mentorship and career support WILD has a lot planned to amplify our collective power. We’re redesigning leadership, together. Join us to learn, connect, and expand.


Help Us Build Community


Bev Maeda
WILD Programming Lead

Sid Deshpande
WILD Creative Lead

Karin Ikavalko
WILD Partnership Lead

Heather Jansen
WILD Programming Co-Lead


WILD Portraits: Heather Jansen

WILD Portraits: Isra Safawi

Volunteer Opportunities for AIGA SF’s WILD

WILD Portraits: Ayesha Mathews

Read other recent WILD Portraits


WILD Event: July East Bay Meetup
July 14th, 2024
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kinfolx Oakland

WILD Event: SF Art Book Fair Meetup
July 21st, 2024
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
SF Art Book Fair at Minnesota Street Project in the Dogpatch Neighborhood
1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco


WILD Event: Jam: Focus Your Vision
June 9th, 2024
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Box SF

WILD Voices: Jess Gardner
May 17, 2024
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm PT
Virtual event

WILD April Meetup: East Bay — Kinfolx Oakland
April 27, 2024
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kinfolx Oakland
1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

WILD April Meetup: Letterform Archive Exhibit
April 28, 2024
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Letterform Archive
2325 Third St. Floor 4R San Francisco, CA 94107

WILD Voices: Celebrating Women’s Month
Virtual (Watch Replay)
Fri, Mar 29, 2024
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

WILD March San Francisco Meetup: A Radical Alteration – gallery walk thru with Maymanah Farhat @ SFCB
San Francisco Center for the Book / SFCB
March 16, 2024
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WILD Meetup: February East Bay Meetup – Black History
Kinfolx Oakland
1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
February 24, 2024
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

WILD Voices: Jennifer McConnell
Virtual (Watch Replay)
Wed, Jan 31, 2024

See all past WILD events


Our “WILD Voices” speaker series features Bay Area women and non-binary design leaders. Together we explore singular journeys in leadership and design, and delve into imaginative perspectives on the industry. Sharing these speakers’ unique points of view and stories of lived experience drives visibility for new models of creative leadership that expand our collective possibilities. Please enjoy these recordings for free!


Yung Studio

Yung Studio is the creative force behind the evolved WILD brand, as our valued partner in bringing to life our visual identity and design system.

Founded by Melody Yung and based locally in the Bay Area, the studio specializes in developing early stage brands with unique positions strategies and comprehensive design systems.

Learn more about Yung Studio

CREDIT: Current WILD Logo (2023–Present) designed by Yung Studio; Previous WILD Logo (2018–22) designed by Sarah Gardziel