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dmi:Design Leadership Conference
Innovative Thinking on Diversity & Inclusion

22 Garfield Place, Cincinnati, OH
May 22 - 24, 2018



Registration Fees for Full Conference Pass: 

Member $800
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Join the Design Management Institute (DMI) at our first dmi:Design Leadership Conference on Innovative Thinking on Diversity & Inclusion, a two-day event held at the beautiful LPK Mansion and Innoventures Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This unique event is an opportunity to learn from accomplished women and minorities from around the globe; to network, collaborate, grow, and share successes and challenges together.

A combination of speakers, panel discussions and interactive sessions will be held, apply learnings in your workplace right away.

Topics will cover several tracks:

  • Hear powerful career stories
  • Learn design management tools and methods that anyone can apply to achieve success
  • Explore strategies to overcome career challenges

Join us! You'll be enlightened and inspired.


The conference is open to ALL who wish to learn and share around these important topics.


Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance



Tuesday, May 22
Pre-Conference Optional Activities


Wednesday, May 23
Conference Events


Thursday, May 24
Conference Events

9:00 - 3:00 


Optional Workshop Inclusive Design


8:00 - 08:45 


Registration, Coffee


8:00 - 08:45 


Registration, Coffee












4:00 - 7:00 


Conference Greeting & Introduction Exercise (Don't Miss This!)




Executive Opening Panel









Keynote Sessions & Interactive Breakouts




Keynote Sessions & Interactive Breakouts








Keynote Sessions & Interactive Breakouts




Keynote Sessions & Interactive Breakouts









Conference Close




6:00 - 8:00 


Opening Reception held at the Freedom Center (NURFC)



Closing Drinks (TBD)




Optional Workshop (optional - Tuesday 9:00-3:00)


Inclusive Design Workshop

Inclusive Design considers the full range of human diversity to deliver better experiences for everyone. This workshop will help you focus on both a mind shift and changes to your design and research methods.


+$300 Conference Attendees
+$450 Non-Conference Attendees


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Conference Greeting & Introduction Exercise (Tuesday 4:00-7:00)


Arrive by 4pm, Tuesday (Don't Miss This!)

Get the most from your conference experience by joining other attendees at this special activity that begins at 4pm. Meet others in a unique introductory exercise that will help you get to know one another in a deeper and more meaningful way. Following the exercise, light refreshments will be served.





Opening Reception (Wednesday 6:00-8:00)


Held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center


Join the opening reception at the stunning National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, located in downtown Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River the natural barrier that separated the slave states of the South from the free states of the North. The museum’s mission is to share the stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today.


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center


Join three prominent diversity executives who will share their expertise and insights on the business value of creating an inclusive and inspiring culture that’s built to win. They will share real-world examples of how to lead and succeed in a global, virtual, diverse, and V.U.C.A. world.

Opening Keynote Executive Panel: "Building a Winning and Inspiring Culture"


Shirley Davis, Ph.D., CSP
CEO, SDS Global Enterprises


Pat Pope
CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Pope Associates


William Gipson
President End-to-End Packaging Transformation & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, P&G


Conference Speakers


William Gipson
President End-to-End Packaging Transformation & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, P&G


Phil Duncan
Chief Design Officer, P&G


Tysonn Betts
Associate Design Director, Global Family Care, P&G


Jeanine Spence
Current Associates


Wendy Lea
CEO, Cintrifuse


Viola Maxwell-Thompson
President & CEO, ITSMF- Info Tech Senior Management Forum


Kevin Bethune
VP, Strategic Design, BCG Digital Ventures


Laura Robin
Director, LA Studio Designworks, A BMW Group Company


Dori Tunstall
Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University


Ron Clark
Director, Strategic Design, BCG Digital Ventures


Liz Brown
Co-CEO, Head of Design, Webjunto


Kelly Goto
CEO, Founder,


Valerie Jacobs
Chief Insight + Innovation Officer, LPK


Natalie Nixon
Design Strategist & Principal, Figure 8 Thinking


Hayley Woolford
CEO/ Founder,
Ivy Leaf Innovation


Kwame Nyanning
VP Experience Design / Digital Experience, McKinsey & Co. London


Lillian Shieh
Director, Insights and Experience Strategy, Johnson & Johnson


Eric Anderson
Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon


Raja Schaar
Assistant Professor, Product Design Drexel University


Megan Neese
Chair, IDSA Board of Directors & Senior Manager, Future Lab, Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance


Joi Roberts
Strategic Design Manager for Productivity Products, Honeywell


Nelson Soken
CEO, N.H. Soken Consulting


Ernesto Quinteros
Chief Design Officer, Johnson & Johnson


Jerome Kathman
Chairman of the Board, LPK


Carole Bilson
President, Design Management Institute


Bob Schwartz
GM, Global Design & UX, GE Healthcare




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Venue - LPK Mansion and Innoventures Hall

22 Garfield Place, Cincinnati, OH


Set in the heart of downtown Cincinnati along the Piatt Park corridor, the LPK Mansion was built in 1861 during the Civil War for a successful wholesale clothier. The Italianate mansion is one of the earliest works of Samuel Hannaford, Cincinnati’s best-known late 19th century architect and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Built in a contemporary New Brutalist style, the LPK Innoventures Hall, with its exposed concrete construction and ductwork, sits behind the Mansion in striking contrast. Both spaces embody what the LPK agency stands for: creative excellence, entrepreneurial drive and a deep sense of community.


Hotel Suggestions

All conference participants are responsible for their own hotel arrangements and transportation.

DMI has a small block of guestrooms with a DMI Rate at:


21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati - 5 minute walk from the LPK Conference Venue

609 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 513-578-6600

Rate: $199/night (plus 17.5% tax).
Reserve here before Tuesday, May 1st - Group Code: 1805

Hotels within walking distance of the Conference venue including the Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites. When making a reservation at either of these hotels, ask for the "LPK Corporate Rate."


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Located on the shoreline of the Ohio river, greater Cincinnati is the headquarters city for both national and international companies including nine Fortune 500 companies and 2 Fortune 100 companies, making Cincinnati a center for design.


Galleries, museums, and great restaurants are all within walking distance of the conference.  You'll want to track down Cincinnati food favorites Skyline chili, goette, and Graeter's ice cream.  




A wide variety of promotional opportunities are available to keep your company’s name front and center in the minds of conference attendees, before, during and after their conference experience.


Contact Patricia Olshan or Carole Bilson to discuss the sponsorship levels.







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