Senior Leaders
October 20–24, 2019

The leadership retreat for women in design.

Applications closed.

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Within 2019 Retreat:
Senior Leaders



Our Senior Leaders retreats bring together design leaders with 5+ years of management experience in roles such as Senior Design Manager, Head of Design, Creative Director, and VP. All of our retreats include design leaders across product, brand, research and writing, across many industries and types of organizations.

We welcome all womxn and non-binary folks.

What is Within?

Within is the retreat for women in design. A much-needed opportunity to reset and recharge. While an off-the-grid vacation may provide temporary refueling, Within takes a more lasting approach through space, activities and community that provide perspective and support to energize you throughout the year.

More questions? Check out our FAQ.


Location & VENUE

Baja, Mexico

Viceroy Los Cabos is a newly renovated resort, described as a “modernist dreamscape” and an “oasis in the desert.” Located on the shores of the Sea of Cortés, the hotel’s design plays on the theme of water and features cinematic views.  

October temperatures hover around 80 degrees, balancing a warm sun and a cool ocean breeze—perfect for indoor/outdoor living and a daily dip in the ocean.

Plan your travel

Ace Hotel, The Commune
Ace Hotel
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What to expect

The experience


Going Within is like pressing your personal reset button. Our senior leaders know that their actions carry more weight—this means that a reset, a deep checking in with yourself, has exponential returns.

All of our retreats are built around four pillars: exchange, discover, create, connect. This means daily yoga and meditation, hands-on making, leadership workshops, and time to connect with other senior design leaders.


Leadership Workshops

The leadership workshops will focus on identifying and working with limiting beliefs, articulating your values as a leader, and learning and practicing the fundamentals of coaching. Coaching Circles from past retreats have continued long past their time at Within.


Fireside Chats

“I’ve never said this out loud before.” This sentiment, from our first fireside chat, continues to capture the nature of these conversations. A small panel kicks off each night’s discussion before opening to the community. Past conversations have covered aging, code switching, and gendered leadership.


Yoga + Meditation

Accessible to all levels, guided yoga and meditation are grounding practices that bring everyone into their bodies and create a shared foundation for the day.


Creative Workshops

Think of it like maker therapy: hands-on, in the flow, creating beauty. Past creative workshops have included hand lettering, shibori dying, patch making, and wall hangings.

Emotions are the
fuel for creativity.
— Sonia Choquette
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Diversity Fellowships


Diversity fellowships are key to achieving Within’s purpose.

Thanks to our partners, we’re honored to offer 4 fellowships—3 fellowship from Google and 1 fellowship from InVision—to the Within Senior Leaders Retreat.

Applications due April 15, 2019.



Participant highlights


Within brings together women from different backgrounds and experiences, to share what challenges have shaped them, what questions they are grappling with, and what dreams they have for our collective future.

Margaret Lee
Director of UX at Google

An opportunity to learn, bond and recenter yourself in a supportive group of like-minded women leaders. Not only will you relax, but you will do some necessary work so you can emerge a better version of yourself.

Emma van Niekerk
Director of Design at Intercom

The Within retreat is an opportunity to let your guard down, reflect on your leadership, and learn from a group of peers who have been through many of the same challenges. It’s completely rejuvenating.

Anisha Jain
Design Director, Dropbox


Within 2019 is presented by Design Dept.


And made possible by our partners:


Illustrations by Alice Lee. Baja badge illustration by Laura Polkus.