Lighting : February 2014 Lighting (v2-HR)
38 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | February/March 2014 Stories like these suggest that that many companies are already aware of the need to support their female employees, not only to assist with the career progression of individual staff, but to retain the corporate knowledge and years of experience that many women have to offer the industry. And, as many of the women interviewed for this piece have demonstrated, it's certainly not impossible to be professional, strong, and to rise through the ranks of a leading company. In lighting education, for example, women hold senior positions overseeing some of the leading lighting design courses through which many of the industry's most successful designers will pass through early in their careers. Davis, who was handpicked by Warren Julian to take over the Master's program in Illumination Design at the University of Sydney; Isoardi, who works in lighting education at QUT; and Susan Mander, who leads the Graduate Certificate in Science & Technology (Lighting) at Massey University in New Zealand, are all leaving a lasting legacy on the industry by shaping future generations of lighting professionals. "There are quite a few females in the engineering building that I'm in; for example, my direct boss is a woman, and quite a few of my colleagues are as well," says Mander, who worked as an engineering and lighting consultant before entering academia. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Lighting design by Mirjam Roos and team at Steensen Varming, with JPW Architects. Photography by Brett Boardman.
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