Women Design Arizona - Events

WDA events extend the organization's mission; helping women with careers in the built environment develop into outstanding professionals, become leaders in their professions, and seek guidance and support from peers and mentors.

Past Events

WDA Happy Hour

WDA creates a casual and ongoing network by hosting happy hours each month. To find out about our next happy hour, please check our posting on LinkedIn or join our group to receive invitations to our happy hours by contacting membership@womendesignaz.org. You may also request invitations when you sign up to be a member by clicking Join.

Site Tours

WDA organizes site tours of various local projects that are in construction or newly open which provide great educational opportunities and often inspire us in our work. Be the next to organize a tour and contact us at membership@womendesignaz.org.

WDA Clothing Drive

The brainchild of Janelle Connor, WDA Clothing Drive is held every year just before Thanksgiving in an effort to collect professional clothing for individuals in need seeking to re-enter the workforce. Over the past several years WDA members have lead collection efforts at their workplaces and within their communities.


WDA organizes speakers to provide information and education on a variety of topics for our members. A Financial Series was launched at the beginning of the recession to help our members navigate tough times ahead. "Personality and Communication in the Workplace", lead by Dr. Amy Serin, was organized to help or members better understand communication methods in the workplace. Stay posted for information on future speakers.

WDA Community Gardens Program

We are an organization of women who have expertise in designing living and open environments in economically responsible and sustainable ways. We offer our services to community organizations to help them achieve these goals. We specialize in educational garden projects. Many thanks to Deb Burnette, Lynn Newhall, and Tiffany Halperin for leadership in developing this program. To learn more contact info@womendesignaz.org.

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WDA Great Places and Spaces Brochure

With the intention to promote downtown living, mass transit, and support for Downtown Phoenix as it evolves its urban core, WDA lead by Monina Ramirez has begun to map great places and spaces that are walking distance from Phoenix's new light rail station stops. Thanks to the efforts of Tiffany Halperin and Maureen DeCindis, the group is now meeting with ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Housing and the Family as well as Valley Forward to coordinate and collaborate with their project studies.

WDA Day of Shadowing

The members of WDA feel that education and mentoring are important to the future of our profession and of our built environment. In 2009, WDA arranged a Day of Shadowing to take place between Moon Valley High School and SmithGroup. As a rare opportunity for high school students to visit a professional office and shadow individual professionals, the event was a great success and it is a program we hope to repeat on a larger scale during the 2010/2011 school year.

Book Club

In 2009, WDA launched its first Book Club Event in order to provide a place for individuals to discuss topics, notions, and inspirations relevant to our professions. Our first book was "Women in Green".