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women in lighting

Global Gathering To celebrate International Women’s Day, and its own second anniversary, Women in Lighting hosted a special Global Gathering on 8 March, inviting participants from all around the world. Here, they tell us more about this inclusive event.


he WiL Global Gathering was

and Martina Alagna of Nulty (UK), while the

you achieved in 2020. You can nominate

International Women’s Day,

and Anna Sandgren of the GreenLight

Initiatives and Supporters.

WiL project, and to bring the growing WiL

Lastly, in the Americas, Anne Militello of

someone who inspires you, someone new to

It started at 6am GMT on 8 March, and was

session; Alejandra Hernandez of AH

initiative that made a difference. Some WiL

connect all the speakers and participants.

Dandridge-Gaines of Performance Lighting

high achievers, top supporters and favourite

themes of Inspiration, Project, Action and

session came from Monica Luz Lobo of LD

detail. These awards are about the people

speakers with the opportunity for some Q&A

Lighting Design (Chile).

partners and ambassadors of the initiative

spanned across 13 countries, with more than

social roulette, which enabled attendees

Nominations can be made on the WiL Awards

total of 75 countries, making it a truly global

The event was sponsored by four

The event was divided into three parts to

formalighting, including Fos Lighting,

and participants around the world at a time

Brands; while Archifos was an event partner.

included immersive art expert Dorothy

to reflect the importance of the day, and

Glowing Structures (Australia), Nelson

women’s movement in the UK for more than

Dugawalla-Moeller of Light.Func (UAE/

It was an uplifting gathering for all the

(New Zealand).

it is - diverse, international, passionate and

provided by Jorg Frank Seemann and Michela

who took part in the #WILGlobalGathering

Project sessions came from Massimiliano

The event also saw the launch of the WiL

Cherine Saroufim of IDEP Consult (Lebanon)

to seek out and celebrate the things that

an online event to celebrate

Action session was led by Emilio Hernandez

people under the categories of Achievement,

the second anniversary of the

Alliance (Sweden).

Maybe it’s someone who supports you,

network and community together.

Vortex Lighting (USA) led the Inspiration

lighting, someone who had a great idea or

fully focused on its aims to inspire and

Consultancy (Mexico) and Lauren

ambassadors have created a panel to pick out

Featuring a selection of sessions under the

(USA) held Project talks, and the Action

initiatives that WiL can honour in more

Social, it included a mix of live and recorded

Studio (Brazil) and Pascal Chautard of Limari

within the WiL community - so the founders,

and social sessions in each region. Speakers

Each regional session was followed by a

are all excluded from being nominated.

1,000 participants signed up to attend from a

around the world to randomly connect.

project section of the website.


manufacturers alongside WiL main sponsor

ensure that it could include presentations

Huda Lighting, Casambi and Bruck by Ledra

to suit them. In the APAC region, speakers

For the event, WiL changed its branding

Di Stefano (Australia), Fay Greenhalgh of

used the colours that have represented the

Ng from Isometrix (Hong Kong), Sakina

100 years - purple, green and white.

Tanzania) and dark sky researcher Kyra Xavia

people who make the WiL community what

In the Europe/MEA region, Inspiration was

inspiring. This could be seen by all the people

Bonzi from Lucespazio (Switzerland).

social media campaign.

Baldieri from Baldieri Lighting Design (Italy),

Awards. Through the awards, WiL wants