Women in Design Deep Dive 2021


The Women in Design Deep Dive 2021 is a gathering built to recognize the unique talents, initiatives, and challenges of women in the industrial design industry.


For a 5th consecutive year, IDSA is continuing our efforts to create a safe and welcoming space for critical conversations about the design industry and showcasing the very best female-identified and non-binary designers making a mark today.

Topics covered include, but are not limited to: diversity, equity, and inclusion; corporate and workplace culture; design trends and methodology; design leadership; mentoring; community access and resources.

Join us online for two days on July 28 & 29, 2021 (4 hours each day) to celebrate inspiring leaders who are forging their own paths and energizing future generations to follow in their footsteps. Designers and creatives of all genders are invited to explore the challenges faced by women in design today, and generate meaningful solutions for inclusivity and gender parity in the workplace. As creative professionals and change-makers in industry, it is our responsibility to question the status quo and contribute to building new norms for our profession. 




Sarah Rottenberg leads and teaches in the Integrated Product Design Program, a master's program that bridges design, business, and engineering, and is the faculty director of the Executive Program in Social Innovation Design at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

Learn more about Sarah

Raja Schaar, IDSA (she/her) is Program Director and Assistant Professor of Product Design at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. She also co-chairs IDSA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and formerly served as the Education Director for the organization. Raja is an industrial designer with an extensive background in museum exhibit design and healthcare design who is passionate about ways design can make a positive impact on social inequities at the intersections of health equity, the environment justice, and STEAM education.

Learn more about Raja



Quality professional development

IDSA’s virtual Deep Dive events are structured to enable attendees to learn from and interact with top-tier design leaders from around the world, and all from the comfort of your home. Attendees can expect a comprehensive professional development opportunity for designers at every level. A digital certificate of completion is available upon request for attendees who successfully participate in both days of the event. 


Thank you to our sponsors & event partners


If you are a member of the media interested in covering the event, please contact media@idsa.org.