Design Your Leadership Career

3 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Craft a personalized roadmap to intentionally develop and grow as a design leader or manager.

Course overview

Chart your path as a design leader.

As a designer, researcher, or writer, you may find that advancing to a leadership role can be challenging. The expectations and responsibilities of a design leader are often ill-defined and not formally taught, leaving many creatives uncertain about their career paths.

This workshop provides a unique opportunity to intentionally shape your career journey. With the guidance of a design executive coach and support from peers, you'll gain insight, reflection, and accountability to take the next step in your leadership career.

In this series, you will:

· Assess your leadership and management skills

· Evaluate your energy levels across responsibility areas

· Consider which leadership path (craft or people) aligns best with your strengths and interests

· Identify your leadership values to assess current and future roles

· Craft your leadership impact stories, both present and future

· Develop a growth roadmap tailored to your goals and aspirations

Take the first step towards designing your creative leadership career and sign up for our cohort series today.

Who is this course for


Mid-career professionals in design, research, or content who are seeking to advance their careers as design leaders.


Creative leaders who are looking to take on new skills and responsibilities but are unsure where to start


Existing design leaders or managers who are considering a career transition and want to develop a growth roadmap.


Design professionals who have recently been promoted to a leadership role and want to develop their leadership skills and clarify their goal

What you’ll get out of this course

A better understanding of your current leadership and management skills

Participants will utilize the Design Leadership Skill Wheel to assess their skills across the four key areas of design leadership: self, vision, team, and delivery.

Clarity on your ideal leadership path

The workshop will explore both craft leadership and people management as potential paths for growth, helping participants reflect on how their skills, interests, and desired impact align with each.

Articulation of your leadership values

Participants will define their leadership values and examine them through the lens of their current and future organizations.

A stronger leadership narrative

By crafting leadership success case studies, participants will be able to articulate their impact on the craft, team, and business, making them better prepared for job interviews and promotions.

A growth roadmap

Finally, participants will develop a career roadmap to help them take the next step towards their ideal design leadership career and role, exploring potential paths and tradeoffs with the support and discussion of peers.

Meet your instructor

Mia Blume

Mia Blume

CEO, Design Executive Coach + Instructor

A former design leader at Pinterest, Square, and IDEO, Mia started Design Dept. in 2015 to help transform the way creative leaders work.

Mia has taught thousands of design leaders and managers across tech, retail, and finance industries. She frequently teaches design leaders at Airbnb, Google, Intuit, Lyft, Meta, Nike, and more.

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Course schedule

4-5 hours per week, 3 weeks
  • Wednesday April 12, 19, and 26

    9:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific

    Live workshop on Zoom

  • Q&A/Office Hours on April 18

    9:00 - 10:00 am Pacific


  • Weekly projects

    1 hours per week

    In between sessions, you should plan to spend at least one hour continuing your work.

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