World's first professional community for women in innovation.

our mission

We exist to inspire and advance women as change-makers and leading voices in innovation.

We provide momentum for women in innovation through action-oriented programming, tangible tools and resources, and the support of a generous community.


We are a community of women who are active innovation practitioners


We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings together a community of 1000+ members, in New York and London, representing:

  • Women from leading innovation and design firms

  • Women championing innovation inside large corporate entities

  • Women who freelance at the intersection of research, strategy, and design

  • Women who have started companies that aspire to disrupt an industry

Our programming is offered to our members on a monthly basis. Each event focuses on a specific innovation topic and explores the subject matter through a range of different formats, such as moderated panels, keynotes, and intimate dinners. Each event has an interactive and hands-on element to it, as we continue to leverage best practices in workshop facilitation. 

Our events are curated and produced in partnership with leading innovation consultancies, brands at the cutting-edge of their respective industries, and/or academia to deliver a profound, transformational experience to our members.


“Every time I’ve attended a WIN gathering - I’ve left inspired. Every time - I’ve met a new person. Every time - I felt pushed to think more strategically about my professional trajectory.”

WIN started as a passion project of three colleagues

The three founders - Alfia Ilicheva, Maria Potoroczyn, and Melissa Tischler - identified a leadership gap in the field of innovation and they set out to catalyze change in the industry.

When we set out with our first event in March 2016 we weren't quite sure where it would lead us. 

Two years later we have created a community of 1000 members (and growing!), organized over 25 events, partnered with 20 innovation firm, participated in 6 premier industry conferences. We continue to reimagine and evolve alongside the women in our community. 


Ready to be a part of our community?