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dmi:Design Management Conference



dmi: Diversity & Inclusion in Design Conference

New America
Washington. DC
June 4-5 (Thurs/Fri), 2020



Registration Fees for Full Conference Pass:

Member $700
Day-1 Only June 4: $450
Day-2 Only June 5: $420
Student Rate Contact DMI
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- add a membership or renewal now for +$300 ($100 savings)



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From DMI:

Our thoughts are with you as we all adjust our lives in light of Covid-19. Changes to our lives are occurring on an hourly basis and we are all doing our best to keep up. We are closely monitoring the advice from the health authorities and are looking to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) for guidance. Also, check the guidance of your local health authorities.


Considering the latest projections of this disease and increasing border closings; we will be continuously monitoring the situation and adjusting our 45th Anniversary programs. While we have shifted our Madrid dmi:Design Management Conference from April to June, we are exploring whether to hold our June Conferences in a combination of in-person and virtual, or solely in virtual form.

For updates, please check this website 4-6 weeks in advance of the Conference, and before you finalize your travel plans.



Tours - Speaker Sessions - Networking - Receptions


Join the Design Management Institute (DMI) at our third dmi:Design Leadership Conference on Innovative Thinking on Diversity & Inclusion, a day-and-a-half event held at New America in downtown Washington DC. This unique event is an opportunity to learn from women and minority designers 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
  • Affinity group discussions

Join us! You'll be enlightened and inspired.


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

Sign up here so DMI can send you conference updates.


Agenda / Schedule-at-a-Glance


Thursday, June 4


Friday, June 5

9:30 - 1:30 

Tour (International Monetary Fund - Lunch Included)


Coffee, Registration

2:00 - 5:30 

Concurrent Sessions
Session A: Women’s Leadership Workshop
Session B: Session Topic TBD


Speaker Program Begins
(Speakers, Panel, Lunch, Breakouts)



Speaker Program Ends


Opening Reception and Official Conference Welcome
(Rooftop Terrance, New America)









"Leadership for Women: Take Charge of Your Career"

Exclusive Women’s Leadership Workshop



Early Announced Speakers (More to Come...)


Salka Fernandez
Director, J&J Solutions, J&J

Mary Quandt
Director Experience Strategy, J&J

Michele Stuhl
President & CEO,
Michelle Stuhl & Co.

Lisa Jackson
Executive Strategy Director, frog


Harriet Tolputt
Head of Creative, Intl Monetary Fund

Elad Meshulam
Creative Lab Lead, Intl Monetary Fund

Annika Vaughan
Lead of Creative Strategy & Operations, Intl Monetary Fund

Jessica Jacobs
Associate Professor, Business & Entrepreneurship Department, Columbia College Chicago


Bob Schwartz
VP, Global Design & User Experience, GE Healthcare


Jerry Kathman
Founder, Chairman of the Board, LPK


Carole Bilson
President, Design Management Institute


Dr. Denise Sawyer-Johnson
Leadership Development Prof & Empowerment Coach


Kevin Bethune
Founder & Chief Creative Officer of dreams • design + life







Conference Location

New America

740 15th NW, #900, Washington, DC 20005

New America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and civic enterprise that brings promising new voices to public discourse. It's located in the heart of the nation’s democracy, only two blocks from the White House. The physical space is modernvibrantwiredopen, and yet also housed in a beautiful, historic building.




Washington DC

Experience Washington DC. Located in the heart of downtown, the conference is within a 15 minute walk from Smithsonian museums including the Museum of Natural History, Museum of American History, Museum of African American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Museum of Women in the Arts, National Building Museum, and the White House. Restaurants, entertainment, and transportation are minutes away.





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 Contact DMI if interested in sponsorship. Sponsorship levels starts at $2500+.





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