Preconference Leadership Forum

Preconference Leadership Forum

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Preconference Leadership Forum

About the IES Leadership Forum

IES Leadership ForumEvery year, volunteer members and lighting professionals gather at the Leadership Forum event held in conjunction with the IES Annual Conference to learn more about the lighting industry and leadership within the IES while building valuable relationships and furthering their lighting careers. The purpose of the Leadership Forum is to help leaders at all levels of the Society work effectively with volunteers and strengthen their leadership skills. The program offers career development, networking, and learning opportunities for IES volunteers and industry professionals.

The IES Leadership Forum is traditionally a full day in-person program, designed by the IES Leadership Forum Committee. The Committee focuses on topics that will help the attendee become more effective when returning to their respective Section/Committee and career by focusing on time management, team building, project management, communication, and leadership skills, among other topics. Because of the transition to a virtual Annual Conference in 2020, the Committee was tasked with creating the same enriching experience using an online platform and attendance was great both years! This year the Committee is developing an in-person program and looking forward to interactive activities pulled from the virtual platform that will further enhance the already engaging event.

Who Can Attend?

All are welcome! Recommended attendees include new IES Section officers, new board members, and committee chairs. However, you do not need to be a current Section officer or committee member to register for the program. In addition, the Forum is also great for IES Members and volunteers who want a refresher on the Society or those who want to share their successes as an IES Member. We encourage anyone seeking to improve upon their leadership skills to attend; the Forum offers new content and new presenters every year, so even if you have participated in the past, please join us again!

Time: 8:00AM – 3:00PM

The Leadership Forum Committee

The Leadership Forum Committee is chaired by Michelle Prew and Myranda Bergman and is comprised of around 15 member volunteers. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Michael Austerlitz (, Leadership Forum Staff Liaison.

Section Boot Camp Videos

The following videos were created as a prerequisite for and accompaniment to the Leadership Forum, and provide helpful and essential information about the IES, Section structure, and various responsibilities of the different Board of Manager roles.