Women in Lighting + Design is gaining traction in several cities. The mission is to provide lighting professionals with an inclusive and open environment for professional and personal growth, offering community, mentorship and knowledge sharing. WILD West hosts this exploration of issues concerning women in our industry; organizing breakout sessions to brainstorm for successful projects, career advancement and work-life balance.
The Art of Communication – Adrienne Kelly, PLP SoCal
Cultivating Clients – Becky Yam, Sean O'Connor Lighting, Inc.
Mentoring – Erica McNicholas, KGM Architectural Lighting
- We’ll define proven strategies and tools for effective communications to enhance your role and improve project outcomes. When you’re the only woman on the team, how do you “speak their language” and build consensus?
- Though there are several emerging professionals’ programs, the architectural lighting industry relies on informal mentorship. Learn the keys to good mentoring relationships and how mentoring is essential to advancing women’s careers.
- Cultivating clients is imperative at every level of lighting design. Learn from experts and to share tips and experiences in building relationships with clients and customers, current and future.
- Managing expectations in the employer-employee relationship is one key to achieving that elusive work-life balance in a deadline-driven career. How can networking empower you with options and information to define and achieve your career goals?
WestCoast Lighting Insider (WCLI)
Lois I. Hutchinson is editor at large for WestCoast Lighting Insider and a freelance writer and consultant specializing in lighting and sustainability. As principal of Inverse Square LLC, she delivers strategic content marketing. Benefiting from Lois’ decades of experience in lighting, Inverse Square clients enjoy elevated brand identity and positioning as valued industry resources.
Adrienne Kelly graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering when LED’s were limited to digital alarm clocks. For the last 21 years, she has been a Specification rep at PLP SoCal. She has taught several local IES classes and guest lectured at various colleges, conferences, and meetings of industry organizations.
Sean O'Connor Lighting, Inc.
Becky is an award winning lighting designer with thirteen years of experience in the lighting design industry. An active member of the LA design community, she has served as President for the IESLA. Becky was recognized by Lighting Magazine as one of this year's 40 Under 40 international lighting professionals.
KGM Architectural Lighting
With a background in interior designer, Erica McNicholas is an Associate Principal with KGM Architectural Lighting. With sensitivity to aesthetics and function, Erica has been crafting architecture with light for the past decade. Her passion for design and attention to detail has resulted in architectural and industry recognition.