Beyond Design Community: Share knowledge with fellow Design & Product Leaders

Being a design leader can be lonely and challenging. Or like talking to a brick wall. We want to change that by connecting people and facilitating conversations.

We organise roundtables and conferences for a network of product and design leaders in the Netherlands - we call it the Beyond Design Community.

Our events are meant for design leaders like you, from a variety of companies. Here you can discuss your experiences and challenges, and exchange ideas with design and product professionals from different markets and industries. Different contexts, but same experience, or so we hear! The morning roundtables are informal, small group discussions with a maximum of ten participants from companies that do not compete with each other. The conferences bring the whole network together. Interesting, right? Join the Beyond Design Community today! 

The Roundtables

Who is it for?

We organise our roundtables for all product people in the Beyond Design Network. In previous years we focused on two separate groups for the Design Managers or Product Mangers. However, success in product design lies within collaboration. That's why from this year onwards, we bring people from both groups to the roundtables and by sparking a conversation, we create shared understanding, and enable each other to reach the full potential of digital products.

  • Design Managers
  • Design Leads
  • Product Owners
  • Product Managers
  • UX Researchers
Conversation is a catalyst for innovation. Morning roundtable in the Amsterdam office.
“Thanks for having me, and for building this community. Great discussion!”- Koert Bakker, Head of Strategy at PwC Experience Center

What is it?

Each roundtable is organised by our host and experienced facilitator Irene de Vocht, together with a topic expert either from our team or from the network. They steer the conversation depending on everyone's input. And:

  • We keep it high-level; no pixels and design tips & tricks.
  • You connect with like-minded product leaders and managers.
  • The sessions take place online.
  • It is invite-only. Apply for your invite below.
  • Once a quarter we get together for a in-person conference to connect the dots from all the recent talks.

When is it?

We organise Beyond Design roundtable discussions over morning coffee online. We start at 8:00 and finish up at 10:00 sharp. This way, you still have the second half of the day to look forward to.

Schedule Q1 2023

  • 07 Feb - Connecting product & business outcomes
  • 21 Feb - Researching the right thing & making informed decisions
  • 07 March - UX ResearchOps: Connecting insights

Since the pandemic, we've moved to remote sessions. Easy, from home, no travel time wasted.
"Yesterday I had an insightful morning discussion about design maturity with UX managers organised by Hike One. Always nice to share and learn about each other challenges and experiences in a likeminded group of people." - Den Tserkovnyi, UX Design Team Lead at Study Portals

Topics Beyond Design

The topics we discuss revolve around the bigger theme of DesignOps and levelling up the UX Maturity of your design practice. Here are some example questions we have dived into at the previous roundtables:

  • How do you build a strong team of designers?
  • How do you get started with UX Research?
  • How do you measure the added value of a design?
  • How do you create operational efficiency across the team and organisation?
  • How do you build bridges between clients and developers?
  • How do you share knowledge with the rest of your organisation?


Once in a while we bring the entire Beyond Design Network together for a live conference. We invite speakers to share their experiences on the Value of Design and usually aim to offer three different perspectives: agency, large corporate, and smaller organisation. That way there is something for everyone! 

Beyond Design Conference: The Value of Design; together with Miro & PostNL

You in? Submit your application below to request a seat at the roundtable. You'll hear from us once we form a full group.

"That was great! I loved the interaction and vibe in this group of UX leaders, let’s do this again sometime!" - Frank de Wit, Interim Head of UX Research & Design

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