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 1500+ members, in New York, London, and San Francisco, 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 set out to catalyze change in the industry.

When WIN launched with a first event in March 2016, the founding team wasn't quite sure where it would lead them. 

Two years later, WIN has become a community of 1500+ members (and growing!), with events organized on a monthly basis across the world, partnered with 20 innovation firms, and participated in 6+ premier industry conferences. WIN continues to evolve with the women in its community. 



Ready to be a part of our community?