Category: Philanthropy & Community Service

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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Nuckolls Fund Distributes $130,500 In Grants For 2022

In March, The Nuckolls Fund announced its 2022 Fund recipients. A total of $130,500 was awarded for 2022.

In March, The Nuckolls Fund announced its 2022 Fund recipients. A total of $130,500 was awarded for 2022. Included in that total are three $30,000 Nuckolls Grants recipients to expand lighting criteria, one $7,500 Lesley Wheel Grant to develop a new curriculum, one $13,000 Edison Price Fellowship for a summer internship, and four $5000 Student Achievement Awards.

Nuckolls Fund 2022 Grant Summary

Nuckolls Fund – $30,000 each

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, by Jake Tucci
  • School of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech, by James Jones and Ron Gibbons
  • Mississippi State University, by Robin Carroll.

Lesley Wheel Grant – $7,500

  • Victoria McReyolds, Texas Tech.

Edison Price Fellowship – $13,000

  • Arpah Guha from Lawrence Technological University at the Light and Health Research Center at Mount Sinai

Student Achievement Awards – $5,000 each

  • Sachintha De Vas Gunawardena, Rensselaer Polytechnique
  • Wangyang Song, Pennsylvania State University
  • Makayla Thompson, University of Nebraska/Lincoln
  • Paola Kwan, University of Colorado/Boulder

Learn more at EdisonReport here.

 

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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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Lighting Designer Donates $25K Endowment To Establish Penn State University Student Emergency Fund

Beyond the already costly rates of college tuition and housing, students may have unexpected expenses, from repairing a car to an extra charge for enhanced educational experiences. To support Penn State University students in such circumstances, Helen and Rob Diemer created the self-named Student Emergency Fund in the Department of Architectural Engineering. 

Beyond the already costly rates of college tuition and housing, students may have unexpected expenses, from repairing a car to an extra charge for enhanced educational experiences. To support Penn State University students in such circumstances, Helen and Rob Diemer created the self-named Student Emergency Fund in the Department of Architectural Engineering.

Helen and Rob, who both earned their Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degrees from Penn State in 1981, said that the architectural engineering department was integral to their growth — and with their $25,000 endowment, the couple wants to return the favor.

Upon graduating from Penn State, Helen and Rob started work at a consulting engineering firm in Minneapolis. The couple later moved to New York City where they held numerous positions, including at the Flack + Kurtz engineering firm where Helen worked as director of lighting design services and Rob as an associate principal. Later, Helen began working at The Lighting Practice, becoming a principal in 1996 and majority owner in 2009 before rising to her current role. Rob worked at the AKF engineering firm starting in 1992, eventually becoming a partner and member of the executive committee before retiring in 2020.

Read the full story 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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