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The WILD Atlanta Chapter Adds Two Familiar LightFair Faces to Its Board


We’ve often said that LightFair is much more than a trade show and conference. It is a medium that brings the industry together, where lasting connections are made and strengthened, collaborations forged, ideas kindled, conversations sparked, and where, together, we shape the future of lighting.

Over our 30+ years of hosting LightFair, in addition to working closely with our co-owners – the Illuminating Engineering Society and International Association of Lighting Designers – we’ve also cultivated partnerships with a number of other top-tier industry associations whose members are among our attendees, advisors, presenters and thought leaders. They are dedicated and passionate lighting industry professionals who serve as the voice of the industry, who bring their unique and diverse perspectives to LightFair along with their subject-matter knowledge, while also helping to amplify our reach within and beyond the industry.

One such important partnership we are proud of and grateful for is with Women in Lighting + Design (WILD). Over the past few years, this incredible group of lighting professionals has been bringing thought-provoking conversations to LightFair through on-floor sessions and panel discussions.

At LightFair, in Las Vegas, June 2022, WILD speakers Lois Hutchinson (Principal, Inverse Square), Lauren Dandridge (Principal, Chromatic), Jill Cody (Principal, Dark Light Design), and Colleen Peach (Sr. Lighting Designer, Arup) led an important and inspiring conversation on bringing diversity into the lighting industry pipeline.

WILD Speaks – LightFair 2022, Las Vegas – Lois Hutchinson (Principal, Inverse Square), Lauren Dandridge (Principal, Chromatic), Jill Cody (Principal, Dark Light Design), and Colleen Peach (Sr. Lighting Designer, Arup)

LightFair Teammates Join WILD Atlanta Chapter

As we continue to build our partnership, we have some exciting news to share! LightFair’s own Lea Tranakos and Rowena Burcham are the newest members of WILD’s Atlanta Chapter, joining Ade Wilson, Chapter Liaison (Lighting Designer, Newcomb & Boyd), Remy C. Daniel (Newcomb & Boyd) and others.

Lea Tranakos, Executive Director, Customer Relations at LightFair will serve as the WILD Atlanta Chapter’s Treasurer and support sponsorship. Rowena Burcham, LightFair’s Attendee Relations Manager will serve as the Secretary. With 66 members and growing, the newly formed Chapter will explore topics that impact the lighting community via a LinkedIn group and other social media channels.

Lea and Rowena, who work closely with the association and its members to curate on-floor sessions and panels at LightFair, are looking forward to giving back to the community by joining the Atlanta Chapter.

Having been in the lighting Industry for many years, I love the people, passion and projects. The community is large but feels like family. Being a woman in the industry can be challenging having an organization that celebrates, supports, and encourages women is something we all need. I look forward to being a part of it and giving back to a community that has given me so much.

Lea Tranakos

Women in Lighting + Design is all about supporting and celebrating women in the lighting community. It is a place to network and gain knowledge about the lighting industry. I am a big advocate of lifting other women up – WILD is an organization I support and want to be a part of. When I heard that WILD Atlanta needed volunteers, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this wonderful organization. I am so looking forward to connecting with the Atlanta lighting community.

Rowena Burcham

About WILD

WILD’s 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, all marginalized genders, 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.
Contact: WILD Atlanta | [email protected]

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