LWD PDX – League of Women Designers – A member-led professional forum to elevate women in interdisciplinary design.

LWD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Portland Chapter meets monthly in Portland, Oregon



LWD – The League of Women Designers is a member-led professional forum that exists to elevate women in interdisciplinary design and benefit the larger design community.

We do this by:

-Increasing visibility of women in the design field through panel discussions, exhibitions, public lectures, and our online presence etc.
-Celebrating work created by women in the fields of design
-Encouraging interdisciplinary design inspiration and collaboration
-Cultivating a local community of female designers
-Increasing national interconnection of female designers
-Activating a design dialogue that educates and inspires the larger community
-Educating the public about the fluidity of design practices and the specific contributions of women in design


LWD – pronounced [LAWD] – giving nod to the origin of the group name – League of Awesome Women Designers.

The League of Women Designers was established in Portland in 2009, conceived as a means of pooling the minds of creative individuals who happened to be women. There was no agenda; there was no manifesto. It was and still is a forum for women designers to meet, either physically or virtually, to share their thoughts and ideas concerning their professional design practice, process and inspiration.

Fueled by organic growth, the League of Women Designers gained a Chicago chapter in 2011 and a NY chapter in 2016. Like the Portland group, the goal is to foster a network of like-minded designers: to harness the collective energy that comes from members of the group. 

*LWD PDX, LWD Chicago , LWD NY are affiliated, drawing continued inspiration through a transcontinental network.

*LWD is open to all women practicing in the professional design field. This may include but is not limited to:

Architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, design education, fashion design, design/build, experience design, brand design, design fabrication, and art practitioners who feel their work or process connects with the design process.  For information about joining the group please contact us here.


*Interested in starting a LWD group in your city?  Drop us a line and we will help you get set up!