On October 18, I had the opportunity to speak at the IALD Enlighten Americas conference. The topic, "Illuminating A Glass Ceiling: Women in Lighting" was a very popular one, and the conversation is just beginning. In fact, it was even included in Megan Carroll's Six Takeaways blog. It was a hoot to speak alongside Barbara Horton and Vasiliki Malakasi. We all had different experiences and different views, but the point was not lost: There are gender differences, and it is a good idea to acknowledge those, and for all of us to help women achieve their best potential. By increasing diversity in our industry and in our own individual organizations, we will increase innovation.
The conversation is far from over, and many of the people who attended this session have asked for a part two. I hope we can make that happen. Ultimately, I would like to see this discussion lead to mentorship, support groups, and awareness that will cause changes in behavior and affirming shifts in the culture of our industry. The lighting profession has a STEM side, and we need to do our part to increase the inclusion of women and girls.
Lisa J. Reed, lighting designer and Principal at Envision Lighting Design, LLC