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dmi:Design Leadership Conference #DLC17

Futureproof by Design

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
24-26 September, 2017


Registration Fees for Full Conference Pass: 

Non-Member $1750 (+$200 to become a DMI Member now)
Member $1600 (+$200 to renew and save)

One Day Conference Registration Available



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Futureproof by Design: Leaders of the future will need to be agile, adaptive, and strategic to create and sustain an innovative, creative, and flexible organizational culture that delivers results in an ever-changing global environment. The dmi:Design Leadership Conference #DLC17 will host pioneering leaders who are building nimble organizations in government, for-profit, non-profit, public, and private enterprises. Join us in Minneapolis- a vibrant city at the forefront of design.

The intimate size of the Design Management Conference presents a wonderful opportunity to build your network, spread your ideas, and learn lessons from the diverse experiences of those in attendance. In the fast paced world of design-driven innovation we believe that this type of peer-to-peer exchange is invaluable. The conference and optional activities are designed with many opportunities to meet new people, start new discussions, and work interactively in small groups.

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Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance


DMI Member Only Check-In Activity
Emerging Leaders Session for Entrepreneurs/Designers/Students - 12-4 PM at the Depot Hotel ($250)
WELCOME RECEPTION at the new 3M Design Center (Limited to first 70 Full Conference Registrations)



Registration and Coffee
Welcome, Keynote Speakers, Lunch, and Interactive Sessions
The dmi:Design Value Award Dinner Ceremony



Keynote Speakers, Lunch, and Interactive Sessions
Conference Close
DMI Member Only Check-Out Activity
Closing Drinks (TBC)



Design Value System Workshop Intensive



Sunday, September 24 (Pre-Conf Day)


Emerging Leaders Session for Entrepreneurs/Designers/Students

For Students and Young Leaders ONLY


Attend this exciting, short program for Emerging Leaders and Young Entrepreneurs. In a lively, fun, session hear from Design & Innovation executives from around the world, as they share their advice and tips on Design, Innovation, Branding, Leadership, Business Planning and the importance of understanding finance. Light snacks and refreshments provided. Learn More



Welcome Reception at the 3M Design Center (Limited to first 70 Full Registrants)


Monday, September 25 (Highlights)


Exclusive dmi:Executive Round-Table Sessions

Don't’ miss this first-time-ever opportunity to engage in fast-paced small group discussions with senior executives from BCGDV, J&J, GE, 3M, Pepsico, LPK, Carnegie Mellon, Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), WebJunto and more. Each attendee will get a chance to participate in 3 small group sessions to discuss career development & advancement, digital disruption, branding today, political savvy for Design Managers, and Design Management methods & tools. Wear your tennis shoes and dash to the tables you want! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!


The dmi:Design Value Awards Dinner Ceremony (6-9pm)

The annual dmi:Design Value Awards (DVA) honor teams that have delivered significant value through design or design management practices. The 2017 winners will be announced in a lively ceremony on Monday evening September 25th. Read more about the dmi:DVA



VIP Reception (MON 5-6pm, BY INVITATION)


Tuesday, September 26 (Highlight)




Executive Connections: Field Trip to Target Headquarters

Executive Connections: TARGET
Tuesday, September 26th 3:00 - 5:30pm


On Day 2 of the Conference, we’ll take a field trip to Target Headquarters- just a few minutes from the conference venue. Join tours, interactive sessions, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside the world’s largest design company. A pioneer in design-driven mass retail, we’ll talk to Target executives that lead product design, e-commerce, store design, fashion, and customer experience. This is a unique chance to see how this industry leader remains at the top in a fast-paced, ever-changing retail environment.



Monday & Tuesday, September 25-26 (Full Conf Days)


Keynote Sessions

Global Design and Innovation leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing design management today. With the understanding that we learn best by listening, collaborating and sharing insights, keynote speakers are accessible throughout the conference.



Guilia Calabretta, PhD
Delft University of Technology

  Mauro Porcini PepsiCo, Inc.  

Ellen Walthour
The BrandLab


Marc Jensen


Strategic Design: Key Practices for Boosting Design-led Innovation

Guilia Calabretta, PhD: Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology; Author, Strategic Design


The Business World Needs Design More Than Ever

Mauro Porcini: SVP, Chief Design Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.


The BrandLab: A Fearless Conversation About What It Takes To Build A Diverse Industry

Ellen Walthour: Executive Director, The BrandLab


VR Today & Tomorrow: How It's Used Today And What The Future Holds For This Amazing Technology

Marc Jensen: Chief Innovation Officer, Managing Partner, space150


Interactive Sessions

Designers have a bias towards action. Interactive sessions at the Design Management Conference are meant to get you out of your chair and into small group collaborations. You'll meet new people, and work with new tools, new frameworks and in new ways to solve a challenge, discuss an issue, or dig into a "wicked problem."


Wednesday & Thursday, September 27-28


Design Value System Workshop Intensive

It can be a challenge to communicate a clear and complete picture of what contributions design makes in an organization. To help solve the challenge, DMI developed a system of universal tools and frameworks called The dmi:Design Value System (DVS). This workshop will help you customize the DVS tools to measure and communicate the impact of design in your organization, map your team's current capabilities, chart future contributions and create a customized development plan for elevating the role of design and managing future growth. Learn More


Workshop Fee:
Members: $950
Non-Members: $1100


Venue & Location



Conference Location (ARIA)

Aria is one of the most distinctive structures in the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1889 by Edward Stebbins and was originally known as the Realty Warehouse Company building. Noted architect Cass Gilbert, who designed the Minnesota state capitol, remodeled the building in 1902. From 1992 to 2008, the building was home to the Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the celebrated company known for its rich and innovative style of theater. Learn More



Aria does not offer hotel accommodations. DMI has secured a small conference block of guest rooms at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. Reservations must be received on or before Thursday, August 31, 2017 to qualify for the discounted group rate. All conference participants are responsible for their own hotel arrangements and transportation to and from the venue. Please make your reservations early. Learn More






A quick scan of the attendees at any of our recent conferences will reveal why DMI events are renowned as much for the audience as for the presenters. Attendees represent movers and shakers with substantial budget authority. Sponsors are able to reach our audience with pre-event marketing and effective exposure during and after events. DMI offers a variety of conference sponsorship options to fit different budgets.



Learn More About Conference Sponsorship

DMI offers an exclusive opportunity to sponsor current design and innovation students to attend the Design Leadership Conference. Meet and mentor the best and brightest talent, contact Patricia Olshan for more information. 



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