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dmi:Design Leadership Conference #DLC20

Join us in Boston for the 45th Annual dmi:Design Leadership Conference, a gathering of exceptional leaders in Design and Innovation.



Royal Sonesta Hotel
Boston, MA
October 4-6, 2020 (Sun-Tues)


Registration Fees for Full Conference Pass:

(Full conference pass includes Design Value Awards Dinner)

Non-Member $1780 (Includes Design Value Awards Dinner)
Member $1650 (Includes Design Value Awards Dinner)
Membership and Registration Bundle
- add a membership or renewal now for +$250 ($150 savings)


Register Here



Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance


Day 1 - Sunday, October 4
Optional Pre-Conference Events


Day 2 - Monday, October 5
Conference Program


Day 3 - Tuesday, October 6
Conference Program


  Optional Workshop: Jumpstart Your Career (+fee)


Registration, Coffee, Tea, Rolls


Registration, Coffee, Tea, Rolls


  Optional Workshop: Design Process in a Day (+fee)


Conference Program Begins


Conference Program Begins


  DMI Member Only Check-in


Speakers & Breakout Sessions


Speakers & Breakout Sessions (Sonesta Hotel)


  Welcome Drinks


VIP Reception


Conference Moves - Choose a Location:



dmi: Design Value Awards Drinks Reception

Tech in Design -OR-  Design & Health




dmi: Design Value Awards Dinner Ceremony


Farewell Drinks






Day 1 - Optional Workshops:


Sunday 10-4
10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Jumpstart Your Career
  • Design Process in a Day

Fee: $550 members/ $650 Non members (Registration Opens Late January)





Day 2 - All Day Speaker Sessions
Day 2 - Evening dmi:Design Value Awards Dinner Ceremony
(Included in Full Conference Pass)



Design Management Institute will recognize winners of the 2020 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. Learn more about dmi: Design Value Awards.




Day 3 - Morning Kickoff at Hotel Followed by Off Site Sessions and Tours



Details TBA




Conference Hotel

DMI has secured a small block of rooms at the Sonesta Hotel at discounted group rate. The hotel is located on the famous Charles River, located between Cambridge and Boston and perfectly situated to explore the best of both vibrant cities. Whether it’s a morning run along the Charles, or an evening at one of Boston’s infamous pubs, you’ll enjoy close proximity to both historic Boston and tech-hub Cambridge.


Check back for room reservation Link / Details by the end of January, 2020


Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142 - Phone: 617-806-4200






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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