Lighting the Way for Women to Connect
New programs often expose their need organically
In the male-dominated lighting industry, the American Lighting Association’s (ALA) Women in Lighting Committee knew that some women might not be comfortable seeking out opportunities to expand their professional network. So, this month, the committee launched a new mentor matching program to provide a platform for women in the lighting industry to connect.
ALA established the Women in Lighting Committee over two years ago, and participants quickly identified networking as a major opportunity for women in the industry.
ALA had planned on rolling out a mentoring program before the pandemic hit, and when the committee recognized an even greater need for women to connect in the absence of in-person events, they simplified their original plan. “We really looked at it and realized: It doesn’t have to be that complicated,” said Women in Lighting co-chair Laura Van Zeyl.
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