The leadership retreat for womxn in design.

April 27 - May 1, 2020

Applications closed.


Within 2020 Retreat:
Emerging Leaders


What is Within?

Within is the retreat for womxn in design. While the word retreat may conjure up images of a vacation, this is no vacation. It’s also not a conference. It is an intentionally designed space and community for taking a step back, gathering with your peers, and reconnecting to your inner resources.


The Emerging Leaders retreat will take place April 27 – May 1, 2020 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.


The Emerging Leaders retreat is designed for senior makers up to leaders with 3-4 years of management experience. This creates a community of peers, allowing for shared experience and programming tailored to your career phase.

All of our retreats include design leaders across product design, brand, research and writing, across many industries and types of organizations.

We welcome all womxn and non-binary folks.

More questions? Check out our FAQ.


What to expect

The experience


Going Within is nourishment for your creative soul. We see patterns in the root challenges design leaders face in this career phase, and we tailor our programming to enable emerging leaders to take flight.

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 emerging design leaders.


Leadership Workshops

The leadership workshops will focus on building self-awareness and practicing the fundamentals of coaching. Leadership Circles from past retreats have continued long past their time at Within.

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.


Yoga + Meditation

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


Fireside Chats

Our evening chats are open and vulnerable conversations on topics that are familiar yet rarely spoken about with such candor. We invite a handful of design leaders to kick off each night’s discussion based on their experience with the topic at hand, such as belonging, resilience and authenticity.



Diversity Fellowships


Diversity fellowships are key to achieving Within’s purpose. Thanks to Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Shopify, we’re excited to offer four fellowships to the Within 2020 Spring Retreat.

Like the majority of the tech industry, design suffers from a lack of inclusive and diverse organizations. Research shows how bias results in discrimination in educating, hiring, promoting, paying, and funding underrepresented people in tech. However, research shows that diversity increases success.

The goal of the Within Diversity Fellowship is to increase inclusion in design by providing educational opportunities more broadly.

Applications due November 12, 2019.



Paradise Valley, Arizona


Mountain Shadows resort is nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, and on the edge of the Sonoran Desert. The stunning landscape is the most biodiverse in North America, ripe with the energy of renewal.

The resort brings iconic 1960s luxury and design into a modern context. With open grounds and perfect weather, the environment invites you to breath deeper and dream bigger.

Nearby towns of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale offer quiet residential streets. And with clear skies and almost no light pollution, every night is a starry one.

Plan your travel

The only journey
is the one within.


Participant highlights


I left feeling intellectually challenged, emotionally fulfilled, and equipped to move swiftly forward in my leadership journey. I also left with several wonderful new friends.

Lauryn Morris
Design Manager, Snap

No description will do Within justice—it's a can't miss, transformational experience. It is unlike any conference or gathering you've experienced before.

Katie Baker
Design Education Program Manager, Invision

The most transformational experience of my career! After a few days, I am stronger, more resilient, grounded, and more ready to tackle my challenges than I ever thought possible.

Joy Zagar
Design Director, Pitchfork

Within 2020 is presented by Design Dept.


And made possible by our partners:


Retreat photos by Rachel Solomon.
Illustrations by Claudia Maus.