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WiD Symposium

Focused around a theme, the day starts with a keynote breakfast which frames the discussion and brings together diverse viewpoints on the topic. The rest of the day offers workshops that dig deeper into the issues, the presentation of the “Women in Design Award of Excellence” at a celebratory lunch, and a social hour on the expo floor. The symposium offers WiD an outlet to broadcast its values to the wider Boston community with quality programming, while giving a platform to the great women designers and work within our community.

In efforts to engage the community, WiD has developed a scholarship program which allows students and professionals to attend the symposium. Paid for by sponsors and selected by the ABX Sub-Committee, it invites professionals to join the conversation who might otherwise would not be able to attend. Additionally, all fundraising beyond the symposium expenses are donated to Rosie’s Place, a local women’s shelter.

The ABX Sub-Committee plans and organizes the entire day: defining the topic, developing the call-for-proposals, selecting the workshops, organizing the keynote and selecting its speakers, selecting scholarship recipients, soliciting sponsorships for the symposium, and coordinating the day’s events with the BSA and the WiD Awards Sub-Committee.

2021 Theme: Intersections: Equity, Environment + the City

This year, the WiD symposium has taken the form of a dynamic week of both online and in-person sessions. Join WiD and BosNOMA from November 6–13, 2021 for Intersections: Equity, Environment + the City, a hybrid symposium centered around intersectional and participatory design processes.

Past topics

2020: Women Inspire Design 20:20
2019: Empathic Design: Crafting Spaces for People
2018: From the Ground Up, Grassroots Initiatives
2017: Envisioning the Future
2016: In the Public’s Interest
2015: Research Innovate Design
2014: Creative Entrepreneurship
2013: The Value of Design
2012: Software Integration in Practice
2010: Design (R)Evolution

Co-Chairs:
Rawan Al-Saffar / [email protected]
Mary McCarthy / [email protected]
Marin Braco / [email protected]