Our mission is to provide the lighting industry an inclusive and open environment to engage in conversations and inspire action. We are committed to empowering our members by increasing representation, amplifying their voices, and providing a safe and supportive network for personal and professional growth through connection, mentorship, and knowledge-sharing. Our purpose is to advocate for equity, dignity, and autonomy for women and the benefits of a gender-balanced industry. We welcome all women in lighting and our allies to be part of our community.
Together, we are WILD.
Our vision is to create a more balanced, equitable, and diverse industry that empowers and celebrates women.
Growing from a need for community and networking opportunities in the lighting industry, Women in Lighting + Design (WILD) began meeting casually in the 1990s. From small beginnings, WILD has blossomed into an established organization with multiple chapters nationwide and a burgeoning international presence. Each chapter controls their own events, allowing growth within those communities at their own pace. A core group of women from each chapter create the national committee to help plan networking events at larger conferences.
We are a feminist organization, believing in the equality of the sexes, and strive to promote and encourage this in the lighting industry. WILD connects and supports our members, convening for discussions on topics such as professional growth, workplace sexism, financial health and parental planning, as well as supporting charitable causes. Some events are open to men to help further understanding of current issues, to broaden perspectives, and to inspire engagement in the process. These are not simply women’s issues, but are problems that affect the entire community. We acknowledge the struggles of our past while focusing on how to build forward into the future.
Join us at our networking events for animated discussions on women in the workplace and current lighting trends while making new friends and meeting mentors. Learn from our history and discuss how we can strive to push forward as a group and individually.
WILD Int’l Board of Directors
Kelly Roberts, President
Alessa Aguayo, VP / President-Elect
Amber Poirier, Secretary
Sriti Singh, Treasurer
Cindy Foster-Warthen, Marketing Chair
Haley Laurence, Outreach Chair
Lois Hutchinson, Programs Chair
Srushti Totadri, Membership Chair
Rachel Bauer, Chapter Chair