Author: Suelynn Shiller

WILD In Search Of New Board Members

LightNOW ‘s editor, Suelynn Shiller, recently interviewed Katherine Stekr, Associate Director of HLB and Women In Lighting & Design (WILD) Board Member, about the experience of being on the WILD board and the current campaign to nominate new directors.

LightNOW ‘s editor, Suelynn Shiller, recently interviewed Katherine Stekr, Associate Director of HLB and Women In Lighting & Design (WILD) Board Member, about the experience of being on the WILD board and the current campaign to nominate new directors.

Shiller:  Katherine, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions about WILD’s call for board nominations. What is your role with WILD?

Stekr:  Currently, I’m serving as Vice President nationally.

Shiller: We noticed social media posts calling for nominations to the WILD board of directors. How many Board seats are open?

Stekr: We have 6 total seats open for nominations: President-elect, Secretary, Marketing Director, Outreach Director, Membership Director, and Chapter Director.

Shiller: Who is eligible to become a Board Member?

Stekr: Anyone who is a WILD member is eligible!  And being a WILD member just means joining a chapter or getting on our mailing list.

Shiller: What are the responsibilities of a WILD board member?

Stekr: Depends on the role, but we have clearly defined roles set forth for each position we are looking to fill so that everyone has a purpose and no volunteer is wasting their time.  We welcome anyone to expand their role as they see fit.

Shiller: What is the average expected monthly time commitment?

Stekr: Depending on the role, and the time of year, 2-10 hours.

Shiller: How long are the board terms?

Stekr: President-elect will be a 4-year term; the rest of the terms are 2 years.

Shiller: What is WILD planning for 2023? And for the longer term?

Stekr: Well, WILD is just rolling off the last 12 months spent incorporating as a non-profit.  We have been busy setting up the framework for how WILD will function in years to come.  In 2023, our focus will be more on our initiatives (Lamplighter, DIER, Parenting) and getting more Chapters formed.  Long term, WILD is looking to have many more chapters created in cities across the US and Canada, as well as expanding as needed into other countries.

We’re looking forward to providing larger virtual events every quarter and continuing to tackle tough issues like our Lamplighter Coalition was created to do.

Editors Note: We reported on the Lamplighter Coalition’s work on August 12.

Shiller: What are the details of the election? Does the board vote for new members, or does membership? When will it occur?

Stekr: Right now, we are accepting nominations, you can nominate yourself or a fellow WILD member.  The Nominations committee will review and confirm everyone nominated wants to run and has the capacity to volunteer.  Then for the elections, every WILD member is eligible to vote and should!  The election will be held this fall, Oct 17-28.  Voting will be done via Google Forms sent through email.

Shiller: Who are you looking for in the lighting industry? Lighting designers? People in sales and or marketing? Engineers? Rep agency folks?

Stekr: WILD wants all those; if you are a woman, identify as a woman, or just care about women, we welcome you to join us!  Its not limited to lighting designers as we know that successful projects get completed by a lot of people being involved from start to finish.

Shiller: Why should someone self-nominate or nominate someone else?

Stekr:  I’m a firm believer in self-nomination.  I appreciate it when someone is brave enough to say, “yes, I want to do this; look how lucky your organization would be to have me.”  WILD thrives on those voices.  Those who step up to get things done while passionately caring about WILD and all things that affect women in our industry.  The more voices that sit at our table, the better we can represent the industry and hopefully work toward better diversity in the industry as well!

Shiller: Katherine, why are you a WILD board member?

Stekr: I’m a board member because I’ve seen first-hand how a local WILD chapter can create a really strong network of women who support other women.  We’re breaking the cycle of women not supporting peers/competition and are finding out that we thrive when we are connected.  I want our WILD National group to be able to have the resources to bring this to any city/group that wants to form a WILD chapter.  Women are powerful, and it’s time we start using our collective voices to create change.

Shiller: Is there anything else that you would like to share about the experience of being a WILD board member?

Stekr:  I’ve enjoyed getting to know the other women on the BOD personally, as in other settings, I would likely never have had a reason to meet with them.  They are smart, compassionate, kind, and tough.  WILD is not afraid to have open and honest conversations about really tough issues, and I am so in awe when we have hard conversations, at the care everyone takes to hear multiple sides of the conversation.  We’re practicing having hard conversations and are hopefully creating safe spaces for others to dare to have hard conversations. We all learn when we talk to those who think differently. Our Board has had a lot of work this year, from forming a non-profit to discussing in-depth how we respond to issues like Roe v Wade.  It’s a great group of people, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for WILD.

To nominate yourself or someone else for a spot on the WILD Board of Directors, fill out the form at this link. To learn more about WILD, visit their website.

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WILD’s Lamplighter Coalition Shines Light on The Need For Awareness & Action

The Lamplighter Coalition is a newly introduced program of Women In Lighting + Design (WILD) that is poised to address issues of safety at industry events.

TW: sexual harassment

 

 

From academia and scientific associations to the legal profession and event planner organizations, sexual harassment at business events is identified as an issue that must be addressed head-on through codes of conduct, trainings and resources.

People in the lighting industry know anecdotally or from first-hand experience that the problem exists at our events too.

Elizabeth Williams, a member of WILD Detroit, President of the Illuminating Engineering Society Detroit Section, and a member of the IES Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect (DEIR) Committee had reason to believe that sexual harassment at lighting industry events was impacting participation and attendance. In her volunteer work for various organizations, she reviewed anonymous survey results indicating sexual harassment as a reason why some people avoid industry events.

As a working group of WILD, Elizabeth and a team of volunteers decided to take on the issue and create the Lamplighter Coalition. The name has layered meeting for the lighting industry, According to the website Intriguing History, lamplighters were responsible for igniting and extinguishing the oil and then gas lanterns that lit the streets of London…Lamplighters were considered trustworthy and dependable, akin to town watchmen. Like the lamplighters of past centuries, this group intends to spread light (and information) that makes our community safer for everyone.

Since announcing the coalition, Williams reports that she has received overwhelmingly positive feedback, and people have reached out to share anecdotes of related personal experiences.

The coalition has two initiatives underway, the BE AWARE BE THERE Campaign & the BREAK THE SILENCE Campaign.

  • BE AWARE BE THERE has a mission to provide tools and resources to help stop, repudiate and prevent sexual harassment and assault in social and professional environments. And to provide education and support for all member of the lighting industry to accomplish these goals.
  • BREAK THE SILENCE – is focused on creating awareness around sexual harassment and assault and its prevalent nature in professional culture. The goal is to spark a conversation in the lighting industry around sexual assault and harassment, and a universal understanding that these are serious and prevalent issues that must be addressed.

Kelly Roberts, President of WILD, explains why the coalition is important for the lighting industry. “The Lamplighter Coalition is a core program within WILD’s mission to empower our members and challenge the industry to become more inclusive. When a person feels unwelcome, uncomfortable, or embarrassed by sexual harassment their contributions to and advancement in the lighting industry can suffer. The Coalition is our active voice highlighting this issue and a targeted campaign against the pervasiveness of harassment in the industry.”

Alessa Aguayo, WILD Board Member & Director of Outreach shares her perspective, “Lamplighter is one of WILD’s many wonderful initiatives – not only do we believe in what the Lamplighter Coalition stands for, our Board of Directors will offer support through assigning volunteers from our various chapters, featuring them at industry events like our Networking Hour at LightFair and providing a dedicated portion of our website to further promote their message.”

WILD and Williams maybe on to something. An article entitled What It Really Takes To Stop Sexual Harassment, in the American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology, states that “Shifts in cultural attitudes toward sexual harassment may ultimately be the most valuable tool in combating sexual harassment by creating a shared sense of public responsibility and accountability.”

If you are interested in joining the effort to make the lighting industry safe and more inclusive, reach out to the Coalition at LamplighterCoalition@gmail.com to learn more, and visit their webpage to review the resources that they are curating.

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IESNYC Lumen Award Winners Announced

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) announces the recipients of the 2022 Lumen Awards at the 54th Lumen Gala held last night (June 16) at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers.

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) announces the recipients of the 2022 Lumen Awards at the 54th Lumen Gala held last night (June 16) at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers.

“We carry the difficulties of the past two years in our hearts, but we raised our glasses high, along with over 800 Gala attendees, and savored being together, once again,” says Lumen Committee Co-Chairs Clara Powell (Cooledge Lighting) and Adrienne Shulman (ERCO Lighting). “We can’t wait to enjoy the magnificent work that has been created by our New York City lighting community and encourage others to do so too.”

This year, ten lighting design firms received a total of 12 Lumen Awards for their winning projects. The award-winning projects are presented in three categories: The Lumen Award of Excellence, the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural application; the Lumen Award of Merit, in recognition for a meritorious permanent architectural application; and a Lumen Citation, in recognition for an art installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, temporary installation, or other work.

  • In the category of Awards of Excellence, four were presented. Fisher Marantz Stone two awards. One for Little Island, and the second for a Confidential Aerospace Defense / Headquarters; Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design won for the Stony Brook Medicine MART Building and Children’s Hospital Tower; and Renfro Design Group for the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • In the category of Merit Awards, five were presented. L’Observatoire
    International won for the Winter Visual Arts Center at Franklin & Marshall
    College; Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design for Manitoga / The Russel Wright
    Design Center; KGM Architectural Lighting for the 550 Madison Avenue Lobby;
    Buro Happold for the Denver Art Museum; and TM Light won for the Bike Barn at The Thedan School.
  • In the category of Citation Awards, three were presented. Sighte Studio won for Light Gowanus; Buro Happold for Terra–The Sustainability Pavilion, and One Lux Studio won for the Deutsche Bank Center Lobby.Over 100 submissions were received and reviewed by the 2022 Lumen Award Jury: Glen Fasman (Principal, Bliss Fasman; Michael Hennes (Associate Principal, CBBLD); Carrie Meadows (Associate Editor, LEDs Magazine), Kelly Roberts (Studio Director, WALD Studio and President, WILD), Claudia Saavedra (Lighting Designer, R.G. Vanderweil); Richard Southwick (Partner, Director of Historic Preservation, Beyer Blinder Belle); and Beth Turomsha (Senior Lighting Designer and Studio Leader, Schuler Shook).

A signature program of the IESNYC, the Lumen Awards, and Gala, showcase and celebrate excellence in lighting design. The Gala, billed as the “lighting event of the year,” was on hiatus for the past two years due to COVID. The recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Lumen Awards and their winning projects, previously announced online, were also acknowledged and feted at this year’s Gala.

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NORA LIGHTING® DONATES OVER $15,000 TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE

Nora Lighting founders Jilla and Fred Farzan offered to double donations made by Nora Lighting employees and sales reps in support of the Ukrainian people.

Nora Lighting founders Jilla and Fred Farzan offered to double donations made by Nora Lighting employees and sales reps in support of the Ukrainian people. Nora Lighting employees and representatives donated $5,000 and the Farzan family doubled that donation to $10,000. 100% of the donations went to support the people of Ukraine.

“As immigrants who fled from our own country, we believe supporting the freedom of Ukrainians and their desire to remain an independent democracy,” said Jilla Farzan, Nora Lighting executive vice president.

The Farzan’s matched employee and rep donations to the following organizations linked below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nora Lighting is a recognized leader in the development and introduction of LED lighting products and offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive LED lines including: dedicated and retrofit downlights; track and rail fixtures; panels; troffers; MLS (multi-lighting systems) multiple recessed; linear lighting; accent lighting; under cabinet lighting; RLM shades; puck lights; tape lights; pendants; cylinders; step lights; and emergency/exit signs.

If your organization is supporting charities that are providing help in Ukraine or assisting refugees, let us know about it in the comments.

 

 

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Nominations Close Soon for WILLA Award

ALA Women In Lighting Leadership Award nominations for 2022 are due by January 31.

The ALA Women In Lighting committee seeks nominations for the ALA Women In Lighting Leadership Award (WILLA) each year to recognize outstanding achievements, mentorship, commitment to community through philanthropy or service, and support of the mission of the ALA. Nominations for the 2022 award are closing on January 31, 2022.

The recipient of the award must be a member of the ALA, nominated by an ALA member, and voted upon by the WIL committee.

The award will be presented during the Lightovation show in Dallas this June.

The nomination form and information about the 2021 WILLA recipient, Cathy Choi of Bulbrite are linked here.

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New Year – New Content

Happy New Year! It is that time of year again. Time for making resolutions, setting intentions and business planning. As the new team at LightNOW, we are excited about our plans…

Happy New Year! It is that time of year again. Time for making resolutions, setting intentions and business planning. As the new team at LightNOW, we are excited about our plans for 2022 and are looking forward to publishing news and information that is relevant, useful, and interesting for you.

In the coming weeks, we will be developing two new content categories for LightNOW  – Women In Lighting and Philanthropy & Community Service. Women in Lighting will focus on the accomplishments of women in the industry and the topics that are important to women in the workplace. We invite you to be in touch with your thoughts on this editorial category. Please send story ideas, recommended articles and other content that relates to women in lighting. Submission information is below.

Philanthropy & Community Service is an opportunity for our industry to share good works and contributions made to non-profits and to communities in need. Did your company donate product to people in Kentucky after the December hurricane? Is your company making a substantial donation to a local charity or national non-profit? Send us your photos and press announcements. We also want to share stories of work teams performing community service. If your team participated in a Day of Caring or other workplace volunteer activity, we would love to hear about the impact of the work on the community, the company, and your staff. See below for submission info.

Please submit press releases, story ideas and recommended articles, as well as relevant photos and images to: Suelynn Shiller, suelynn@lightingsold.com. We welcome your input, feedback, and engagement. Thank you.

 

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New Publisher Message from Suelynn and David Shiller

Hello fellow LightNOW readers! We are so excited to be the new editor & publisher of this very well respected and highly valued industry resource. We are committed to continuing…

Hello fellow LightNOW readers! We are so excited to be the new editor & publisher of this very well respected and highly valued industry resource. We are committed to continuing the tradition of delivering quality lighting news, that Craig has established and that we have relied upon and used in our consulting business. The best news is that Craig will continue contributing his exceptional quality articles and thought leadership to LightNOW.

You may already receive our firm’s monthly newsletter, Market Intelligence for Lighting Developers.  Please know that we will continue to publish that resource, and that the content you receive in our monthly publication will be complimentary to the articles, news notes and original content published in LightNOW.

While the content of LightNOW will continue to be carefully curated to be of the most use to you in your work, you will see some changes in the appearance of the site and the newsletter. Let us know what you think of the changes, through our email on the contact page.

Also, send us your ideas for content, press releases and white papers. We will carefully consider every submission. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

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Suelynn & David Shiller

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