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Our mission is to provide the lighting community an inclusive and open environment for professional and personal growth by offering networking, mentorship, and knowledge sharing. Women in Lighting + Design is open to all women and their allies, creating a supportive and safe network for all.

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.

We are WILD.


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.

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WILD National Board of Directors
President: Kelly Roberts (New York City)
Vice President: Katherine Stekr (Denver)
Secretary: Lily Knoerzer (Philly)
Director-at-Large: Alessa Aguayo (NYC); Bridget Cross (Chicago); Lauren Dunn (Denver); Lois Hutchinson (LA)

WILD Atlanta
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WILD Austin | Follow us on Instagram!
Committee Members:
Sarah Mosser*

WILD Chicago | Follow us on Instagram!
Committee Members:
Carla Bukalski        Bridget Cross      Jess Goings     Evelyn McGowan     Brooke Ziolo*

WILD Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)| Follow us on Instagram!
Committee Members:
Alriah Hunt*   Alyssa Stewart

WILD Denver | Follow us on Instagram!
Committee Members:
Brittany Lynch     Alyssa Weber*

WILD Des Moines | Follow us on Instagram!
Committee Members:
Shelby Klooster*

WILD Detroit
Committee Members:
Paige Donnell*

WILD Houston | Follow us on Instagram!
Committee Members:
Michelle Cruz*

WILD Los Angeles
Committee Members:
Lois Hutchinson     Heather Libonati       Stacey Quesada*

WILD New Jersey Follow us on Instagram!
Committee Members:
Barbara Maranhao           Nydia Bonilla*

WILD New York City
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Committee Members:
Alessa Aguayo         Megan Carroll         Kim Daley*          Neri Diaz
Melanie Freundlich          Jessie Frias       Sarah Gentile        Natalia Lesniak
Nastassia Ortiz        Kelly Roberts        Nehal Youssef

WILD Pacific Northwest
Committee Members:
Luz Garcia       Mariel Taviana*

WILD Philadelphia | Find us on LinkedIn!
Committee Members:
Sarah Dennie      Darcy Veneziale*      Kristen Kent Carangi      Lori Delgado
Lillian Knoerzer      Rochelle Spahn       Laura Teter        Maryn Gemgnani     Caitlin Bucari

WILD San Diego | Follow us on Instagram!
Committee Members:
Diane Borys*     Midory Esquer

WILD San Francisco
Committee Members:
Eileen Reo*      Megan Butala-Fettig     Melinda LaValle     Haley Laurence

WILD St. Louis
Committee Members:
Liz Arras     Terri Lux     Lisa Reed*

WILD Toronto
Committee Members:
Azin Dilmaghani    Bincy Koshy    Patricia Clark    Donna Thomas     Julia Ly     Rhomney Forbes
Dawn Brown      Sepideh Nabaee    Lisa Depass    Mary Ellen Lynch    Julia Vandergraaf    Jeanie Tam
Jessica Pignataro*    Tricia Besserer    Hania Hani    Alexandra Mullergati