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
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
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