Workshops

DYL for Women

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Spend time working on the most important design project of all – your life. This hands-on workshop helps you learn and use the life design thinking process in a community of women who will collaborate with you to build lives that thrive.

Upcoming Workshops

Designing Your Life for Women One Month Virtual Journey

May 11th – June 1st, 2024

You will engage in a highly interactive virtual or in person workshop where we will work together to:

  • Apply design thinking and design mindsets to life design, increasing your creativity and confident use of design tools.
  • Explore the social, gender and personal narratives that shape us. 
  • Reframe dysfunctional beliefs, especially those unique to women.
  • Define the meaning of work and life and how they can be coherent to form your compass.
  • Design the balance and energy you need to fuel your life. 
  • Frame and reframe problems you’ve been stuck on and ideate in “radical collaboration for new solutions. 
  • Envision three potential future lives and learn how to prototype the parts of these lives that are most compelling to you
  • Tune into the wisdom from multiple ways of knowing and hone your decision-making process.
  • Create a Designer’s Action plan for real change.
  • Connect with other women who could help you make progress on your action plan. 

Meet the instructors


Susan Burnett, Former Talent Executive and CO-CEO DYL Consulting


Kathy Davies, Director of Stanford’s Life Design Lab & Co-CEO DYL Consulting


Shanice Webb, Stanford  Lecturer in the Life Design Lab and CEO of Transcend Thought

What are the details of the DYL Digital Journey?

Session 1: Design Your Compass
Kick off your DYL experience. Meet the instructors and your community, share your goals, and commit to the norms for a design community. Learn about design thinking and the life design framework and start the conversation on the meaning of work, your life and the social narratives that drive you.  

Session 2: Get Unstuck
Reframe and assess your balance, map your energy, and design small prototypes that will improve both. Practice framing and reframing problems to get unstuck and use Idea Boards to get new perspectives and solutions. 

Session 3: Design Your Future
Share your assessments, versions of the future, and insights gained in the previous weeks. Use generative listening and idea boards to design tangible ways to move forward and realize your future dreams. Leave with an action plan and accountability.

Session 4: Get Support for the Journey
Discover the science of change to set yourself up for success when you are making small or large life changes. Design your life design  community for support. Celebrate progress, share obstacles and get insight into how others have handled similar challenges. This session is an optional BONUS!

What do women say about their DYL experience?

“DYL for women is a safe space for women to design their next chapter. The facilitators shared their expertise and their stories which made it easy to connect with each other. I am inspired by the energy that women generate when they see, hold and support each other.”

“I gained insight that will make a positive difference in my life, and I’m inspired to do the work I’m meant to do.”

“The content and facilitators were fantastic.  Being with all women was gold!

“The beauty of this program is its simplicity – the grace with which it tackles complex issues like designing your life. They break down such a daunting task into logical small steps.”

“The DYL approach and the tools it provides to build a way forward are really empowering. The course and community it created were energizing and fun and made me feel very optimistic about my ability to design my own future, drawing on designer mindsets like prototyping and radical collaboration.”

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