Inspiring gender equality within design: Kerning The Gap Conversations

On January 23rd Kinneir Dufort hosted the first Kerning The Gap Conversations event of 2020; an evening of compelling quick-fire talks, shared by senior experts within the design industry. For those who are new to Kerning The Gap, the community was founded in 2015 by Nat Maher, and is fuelled by an aim to encourage more women to aim for leadership roles within the design industry. Fast forward five years and the initiative is now nationwide, with cohorts in the North West, South West, London and Yorkshire, each working to collectively change the gender disparity in the leadership of the design industry.

Gathering of people from a birds eye view

As an industry it’s essential that we generate conversation around gender inequality but also empower individuals to act on it. Kerning The Gap Conversations evenings are a great platform for exactly this, providing food for thought and a spark to light a fire in the bellies of those in the room. For the latest Conversations evening we were fortunate to be joined by leading experts within the South West design industry in a round of quick-fire talks. With topics ranging from using failure as opportunity, to creating the right conditions to thrive, each expert spoke for 5-10 minutes, sharing their stories, offering their own learnings and exposing their vulnerabilities to ┬áprovide ample inspiration and provocation.

Seven Kerning The Gap speakers and presenter against a mustard background
Joined by Charlotte Lavender, Freelance Business Consultant, Kate Lenton, Managing Partner at Taxi Studio, Katie Scotland, Director at Future Me Consulting, Lisa-Marie Smith, Director at Forrest Brown, Craig Wightman, CDO at Kinneir Dufort, Caroline Hagen, Managing Director at Reach, Beth Pope, Founder & Brand Partner at Firehaus
Woman leading a presentation
A woman stood at the front of an audience leading a presentation
Kinneir Dufort CEO Merle Hall speaking

As well as these evenings, one of the cornerstones of Kerning The Gap is a year-long mentoring scheme that pairs mentors and mentees together, guiding them throughout a 12 month period. The 2020 South West mentoring scheme launches on February 25th with a mentor matching evening. You can find out more about this here and UK wide schemes, here. Equally, if you, or somebody that you know, would like to be a mentor or a mentee, please email [email protected] to speak to a member of the South West KTG team and find out more.

Find out more?

Contact our Communications & Events Manager Sorrell Walsh