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Web Directions - Design Leaders 2018

  • ANZ Pavillion 100 Saint Kilda Road Saint Kilda, VIC, 3182 Australia (map)

Design Leaders 18 - For those who are leading design

Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over a decade brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.

Design Leaders is not simply a day of lectures. Each session is structured to help you develop your understanding, enquire of the experts, role play and explore techniques, share your experience with your peers, and learn from them around a specific aspect of creating and nurturing team and organisational culture.

We've deliberately limited numbers to ensure the greatest opportunity for participants to connect with one another, and our invited experts. It's a day for minimum screen time, and maximum connection and communication.

Following on from our highly successful Code Leaders conference, each session has a single focus, is guided by a deeply experienced expert, and provides the opportunity to discuss these issues and share experiences with your peers, as well as giving practical experience through role-playing and other exercises.

Connection, interaction and collaboration
During the day, you'll be seated with a group of fellow participants with a balance of experience and roles. Each table will have a facilitator, someone with significant industry experience, and will have the opportunity to put questions to our expert speakers. Throughout the day there'll be the opportunity for every participant to develop their leadership abilities by facilitating post-briefing discussion among your group.

Fully Catered
The whole day, from barista coffee on arrival, to lunch, and morning and afternoon tea is fully catered, so you can focus on connecting with your peers, and learning from our presenters and facilitators, not worrying about where oto get lunch, and do you have time to get a decent coffee in your break. We also carer to any dietary requirement you might have.

Unravelling Unconscious Bias

In this session Emma Jones will review the part heuristics play in unconscious bias, explore the impact in the workplace, and present strategies for addressing bias. Learn how to create an 'inclusive' work environment by understanding and mastering the effects of unconscious bias.


  • Learn how to recognise, manage and lessen the impact of unconscious bias on things like hiring, succession planning, promotion, innovation and building high performance teams
  • Learn about heuristics, how the brain filters information so you can make decisions
  • Develop an understanding of your own unconscious biases
  • Learn how to make better decisions without bias, just data
  • Critically review your own hiring and people development practices
  • Develop a plan to advance the abilities and culture of your teams
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