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dmi:Design Leadership Conference #DLC19

"Reinvention & Renewal"

Join us in Boston in September for the Annual dmi:Design Leadership Conference, a gathering of exceptional leaders in Design and Innovation. Cultural and technological disruption provides opportunities for astute individuals and organizations for reinvention, renewal, and value-generation. Join us for a deep-dive!



Aloft Boston Seaport District
Boston, MA
September 15-17, 2019



Registration Fees for Full Conference Pass:

(Full conference pass includes Design Value Awards Dinner)

Non-Member $1780
Member $1600
Membership and Registration Bundle
- add a membership or renewal now for +$250 ($150 savings)



Register Here



Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance (Check back for weekly updates)



Sunday, Sept. 15


Monday, Sept. 16


Tuesday, Sept. 17


Wednesday, Sept. 18




Coffee, Rolls, Registration


Coffee, Rolls, Registration


Optional Workshop (+ Fee)


  DMI Board Mtg
  (by invitation)


Conference Program Begins


Conference Program Begins


Topic Examples:
• Design Business Models
• Innovation Readiness of Your Cross-Functional Teams
• Career Development, Advancement, and Transitioning


Speakers, Panels, Breakout Sessions

Speakers, Panels, Breakout Sessions



 Optional Tour (+Fee)


VIP Reception (Award Winners Sponsors)


  Member-Only Check-In
  (Not Registration)


dmi: Design Value Awards Drinks Reception


Conference Ends


  Welcome Drinks
  (Open to all Registrants)

7:00 - 9:00 

dmi: Design Value Awards Dinner Ceremony

5:00 - 5:45 

Member-Only Check Out




Announced Speakers (More to Come...)


Craig Walmsley
Senior Director of Design Strategy, Sapient (UK)

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

Kailey Bradt
Founder/CEO, Owa Haircare

Daniel Rosenberg
UX Professor, Author and Consultant

T.S. Balaji
VP Experience Design & Customer Experience, Cox Communications


Scott Lerman
CEO, Lucid Brands

Carolmarie C. Brown
Director Global Marketing and Business Communications, Ashland, Inc.

Ernesto Quinteros
Chief Design Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Nigel Storey
Senior Director, Chief Operating Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Kevin Bethune
Founder & Chief Creative Officer dreams • design + life (dd.l)


Cheryl Heller
Director of Design Integration, Arizona State University

Uday Dandavate
Co Founder and CEO, SonicRim

Jodi Forlizzi
Geschke Director, HCI Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Gregory Miller
Global Head Marketing and Innovation Excellence, UCB


Iain Aitchison
Program Director, Glasgow School of Art and Founder Graft Ltd.

Carole Bilson
President, Design Management Institute



Topics to be Covered at the Conference:

  • The Operations Side of Design

  • Design Thinking & Design Value 

  • Design, AI, Ethics and Technology 

  • Branding, Retail Innovation & Entrepreneurship 

  • Design Activism


Student Sponsorships available - Click here to request more detail


Speaker Topics


UX Strategy Megatrends
Dan Rosenberg, UX Consultant, Author and Educator, San Jose State University


The Evolution of the Successful Design Leader
Mauro Porcini, SVP, Chief Design Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.


Using Service Design to Bring Experiences to Life
T.S. Balaji, VP Experience Design & Customer Experience, Cox Communications


12 Types of Design Function
Iain Aitchison, Program Director, Glasgow School of Art and Founder Graft Ltd. (Scotland)


Always Solving ™: Transforming a Brand From “Supplier” to “Innovation Partner”
Scott Lerman, CEO, Lucid Brands
Carolmarie C. Brown, Director Global Marketing and Business Communications, Ashland, Inc.


Ethics in Design, Innovation and Technology
Craig Walmsley, Senior Director of Design Strategy, Sapient (UK)


TAXIS: Corporate Catalysts Driving Innovation to Destination
Gregory Miller, Global Head Marketing and Innovation Excellence, UCB




The dmi:Design Value Awards Dinner Ceremony

(Included in Full Conference Pass - Semi-Formal / Dressy Attire)


Design Management Institute will recognize winners of the 2019 dmi:Design Value Awards. The Awards honor teams that have worked across boundaries to deliver significant value through design or design management practices. The value can be expressed as positive financial gain, value to the user/customer, advances in process, improvements in organizational capability or culture, and positive impact on social issues / environmental sustainability. Awards are open to consultants, government agencies, non-profit organizations, educators and corporations of any size.


Nominations are open Deadline Thursday, June 27th, 12:00 Noon EDT





Conference Venue / Hotel

All conference sessions will be at the Aloft Boston Seaport District.


Aloft Boston Seaport District
401-403 D St.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 530-1600


Aloft Boston Seaport District is a hip hotel in the middle of the vibrant Seaport District (aka Boston’s Innovation District), with easy access to downtown Boston, Cambridge or Logan Airport. Enjoy a unique view of downtown Boston from this redeveloped stretch of the South Boston.

Meet & mingle with friends at the W XYZ Bar, grab a snack from Re:Fuel by Aloft, or play in the Re:Mix Lounge. Wind down with a dip in the indoor pool or with in-room Bliss Spa products.


Explore this up-and-coming area – from neighborhood gastropubs to the freshest seafood on the Piers. Plan a visit at the Innovation & Design Building, ICA, or just relax on the swings across the street on the Lawn at D or with a game of bocce.

Group Rate Discount
Hotel rates are $269 King room (+tax)


Individuals should make their own reservations online here.

Guests may also call reservations at 617.530.1600 and mention the Design Management Institute conference rate.


Reservations must be received on or before Saturday, August 31, 2019
to qualify for the discounted group rate. Reservation requests received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis only and may not qualify for special conference pricing. Rates will be available for three days prior and three days after the conference dates.

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is located approximately 3 miles from the hotel. A map is here.





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. Be a general conference sponsor, or sponsor a specific item such as student essay winners or the dmi: Design Value Awards.


Contact Contact DMI if interested in sponsorship. Sponsorship levels starts at $2500 - $100,000.



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