A young lighting designer once asked for examples of mothers who excel in lighting design, yet also maintain great family lives. Try it, and you may find it is harder than it should be to name these women. Why? Some women are leaving lighting design after becoming mothers. They take positions with manufacturers, work in education, or join manufacturers’ representatives. Is this a coincidence, or are there aspects of lighting design that make the profession unattractive or difficult to manage in some circumstances? Deep dive into one of the most challenging issues for women in lighting design – balancing work and motherhood. This session will share the results of an extensive survey of more than 425 current and former US-based lighting designers. Discover the reasons why some women leave lighting design, how those who stay make it work, and what design firms can do to help retain mothers. This session is ideal for business owners, women, and design professionals.
- Learn about the number of women leaving lighting design after becoming mothers.
- Understand the reasons why some mothers are leaving lighting design.
- Learn how mothers who have stayed in lighting design are balancing work/home commitments.
- Learn what employers can do to help retain mothers in design firms.
Envision Lighting Design
Lisa J. Reed loves light! She is an award-winning lighting designer with 27 total years of experience in a variety of segments across the lighting industry. She is also a wife (with 27 years of experience) and a mother (with 18 years of experience.)
Emily Klingensmith, IALD, LC, LEED AP has been a lighting designer with Schuler Shook since 1996. Her work is visually and technically compelling, resulting in numerous lighting design awards. She has a degree in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and is a busy mom to two young daughters.