Rock the boat, baby! Workshop with Emily Cohen

About the workshop
Is your work load constantly increasing and piling high with deadlines and obligations? Do you struggle with negotiating with employers, executives, employees and clients about prices, salaries, services and even the implications of their actions? Do you often take on more than you can chew? The art of pushing back, saying no and even negotiating as well as being honest with your professional relationships are critical skill sets that many creatives lack. We worry about what other people want, think, or need, and spend a lot of time doing things for others, often at the risk of hurting ourselves and our own team. We love being the nice guy and are notorious conflict-avoiders.

This session, designed specifically for those with three or more years experience, will focus on the who, when, where, why and how of saying no to clients, staff and projects. Learn how to identify opportunities to push back and say no more effectively, without damaging relationships or your business. Workshop will include interactive exercises inspired from real work situations. Swap tales of woe and learn strategies for how to better manage these situations more effectively. Let’s rock the boat, baby!

About Emily Cohen
A brutally honest consultant, Emily Cohen has worked with leading design firms helping them improve their operational effectiveness and build efficient teams and processes. Emily has been a consultant for over 20 years providing confidential, best-practice insights and advice on staff, client, and process-management strategies, conducting leadership retreats, client surveys and writing winning proposals and contracts. She served as Secretary for the AIGA/NY Board of Directors and has taught classes and conducted seminars for many leading design schools and organizations. Emily is a frequently-requested speaker on business-related issues for the creative industry and has spoken at numerous conferences and events sponsored by AIGA, HOW, Design Business Association in London (DBA), The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD) and Design Management Institute (DMI). She also currently teaches professional practices to BFA Design students at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She also runs www.evolvesymposium, an event consisting of expert-led business practice presentations and peer driven conversations delivering actionable results for design firm principals.

WeWork Northern Liberties
1010 N. Hancock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123


Saturday, September 17, 2016


Ticket Prices

AIGA Member: $100

Non-Member: $150

Note: This workshop is open to all, not only women.  

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Sales are final with no refunds unless AIGA Philadelphia cancels the event. However, tickets are transferable, so tell a friend to come as you if you are unable to attend.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to Career Wardrobe. Career Wardrobe is a nonprofit social enterprise that uses clothing and professional development to empower unemployed individuals to work.


About AIGA's Women Lead Initiative
Celebrating and fostering women’s achievements in design.

Women today outnumber men in AIGA’s membership—as in design schools and disciplines—yet leadership, representation, and parity remain a challenge.

The AIGA Women Lead Initiative (WLI) is committed to empowering women in design and advancing the vital discourse on issues facing professional women today without generalizing or segregating women designers. Instead, we aim to address persistent biases and inequities inclusively and constructively through programming around three goals:

Celebrate the achievements of women in design.
Cultivate awareness of gender-related issues, while building knowledge and leadership skills.
Connect by facilitating relationships within and beyond the design industry.

When & Where
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
1010 North Hancock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123