LIGHTFAIR recently announced it will offer a new lighting professional mentorship program in the spring of 2021.

The six-month program creates opportunities for experienced and emergent professionals to connect on-to-one, culminating in an in-person networking event at LIGHTFAIR 2021, October 25-29, in New York City.

Some 18 professionals from the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and leading design firms have been handpicked by the LIGHTFAIR team to serve as the inaugural mentors. Confirmed mentors include Lee Brandt, principal, HLB Lighting Design; Jessica Krometis, senior designer, Hartranft Lighting Design; Mark Loeffler, principal, Mark Loeffler Design Consulting, LLC; Caitlin Mulligan, specification sales manager of business development & key accounts, SCI Lighting Solutions; Giuliov Pedota, partner, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners / Lighting Designers; Kathy Prysgoda, founding principal, Light Studio LA; Lisa Reed, founding principal, Envision Lighting Design; Daniel Salinas, president | lighting design systems designer, Salinas Lighting Consult; and Chrysanthi Stockwell, associate vice president, senior lighting designer and engineering market leader HGA. They will be matched with mentees based on their area of specialty and interest.

Mentors and mentees will be expected to check in at least once per month after they are connected until LIGHTFAIR 2021. They also will be expected to participate in a private LinkedIn group and report on the program to LIGHTFAIR.

In addition to a dedicated connection to an experienced lighting professional, mentees will also receive a three-day exhibit hall pass for LIGHTFAIR 2021, one 60-90 min conference session, and complimentary registration to the New Attendee Orientation & Tour at the show.

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