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Emerging Professionals. -A new Society initiative to help those new to the lighting industry; a grass-roots program to help accelerate lighting new comers to reaching their full potential. Who is an Emerging Professional? .

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Emerging professionals

Emerging Professionals

-A new Society initiative to help those new to the lighting industry; a grass-roots program to help accelerate lighting new comers to reaching their full potential


Who is an emerging professional
Who is an Emerging Professional?

  • Students in a field of study that will enter the lighting world after graduation

  • Others employed in the lighting industry with less than 5 years experience, including:

    • Sales and sales support persons at agents, manufacturers, distributors

    • New employees at engineering, architecture and consulting firms

    • New Lighting Designers

    • Anyone else making a career in lighting


The benefits why should your section care
The Benefits-why should your section care?

  • Encourages younger members and those new to the Industry to get actively involved in the IESNA.

  • Creates special learning opportunities.

  • Creates programs/activities geared toward EP members’ interests.

  • Develops emerging professional skills and abilities.

  • Expands the EPs recognition in the community.


The benefits continued
The Benefits (continued)

  • Creates new leadership and integrates new ideas into the Society.

  • Creates opportunities for EPs to share their concerns and needs with each other and to facilitate the fulfillment of those requirements.

  • Provides a much needed voice to the Society about future needs.

  • Provides opportunities to meet mentors.

  • Provides both Local and Society service and career opportunities for Emerging Professionals.


How to start your ep group
How to start your EP Group

  • Identify those in your territory who are emerging professionals (EPs) and have them join the Society as Student or Associate members

  • Choose a leader from among the EP group

  • Appoint the leader as Chairperson of the EP Committee and invite them to attend your Board meetings

  • Make sure your Board commits to looking for ways to assist the EPs in efforts


What the ep group does
What the EP Group does

  • The Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee will arrange meetings of their group from time to time, This could take the form of:

    • Networking opportunities

    • Specific educational opportunities

    • Mentorship availability

    • Tours of manufacturing facilities (where they exist)

    • Specific program meeting topics aimed at their needs

    • Etc.


What happens next
What happens next?

  • The Chair reports to your Board

  • The Board finds ways to address the EPs needs

  • The Board implements appropriate programs and activities

  • The Board finds outside resources for the EPs


Getting started
Getting Started

  • Contact the your local Membership Committee Chair and Section President to verify if an EP initiative already exists or if there are others in the area showing interest.

  • Request a list from your local Section of the Society members in your area with five (5) years of experience or less.

  • Confirm, with the local Section President, that the chair of the EP will be invited to serve on the local Section Board of Managers.

  • Arrange an EP “get together” for interested EPs and select a Chair.

  • Find a senior advisor – likely a local Board of Managers Member - to assist with program planning and EP initiatives.

  • Find experienced members who can help as volunteers or Mentors


How the society can help
How the Society can help

  • Engage Society level mentors

  • Develop informational resources that can be shared with the EP group

  • Consider suggestions that originate with EP groups that can’t be addressed at the local level


Building momentum
Building Momentum

  • Allow both members and non-members to attend EP events, but charge non-members more—make the differential large enough that it will encourage people to participate in the program.

  • On the event flyer, invite people to bring a friend or two.

  • Identify the event discount associated with being an emerging professional member.

  • Make announcements at Section events to encourage Members to think about, and extend a welcome to, EPs at their companies.


Why should your section chapter participate
Why should your Section/Chapter participate?

  • Help develop a stronger, more educated lighting community

  • Source of new members for your section

  • Source of new leadership candidates for your Board


Who s already started
Who’s already started?

  • A pilot project has been developed in Ottawa and initial results are very positive.

    • Emerging Professionals have had some challenges holding face to face meetings, but have corresponded by email

    • Group has identified mentorship, training, networking and membership dues assistance as some key objectives

    • Section has identified a list of local mentors who can provide assistance to the group members.

    • Dues assistance concerns will be forwarded to the Society for consideration

    • Group chair will be invited to attend an education planning meeting for input in developing the Society’s future courses



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