Ask an EP: Kailey M. Lietzke

Kailey M. Lietzke
Kailey M. Lietzke, HGA Architects & Engineers, Inc.
Kailey M. Lietzke, HGA Architects & Engineers, Inc.

Why lighting?
I really lucked into lighting. I went to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) for architectural engineering, thinking that it would be very technical but that I would get to work on buildings which I was hoping would satisfy my creative side. At MSOE, you have to decide on a specialty in your junior year—electrical, mechanical or structural. None of those specialties really spoke to me until I discovered that lighting was part of electrical. I had an epiphany, and suddenly I knew that lighting was what I wanted to do with my life. What I love about lighting is that it’s a perfect balance between art and science, which is what I was looking for all along.

Favorite project?
So far, it’s been a 680,000-sq ft hospital for Mercy Health in Muskegon, MI. I had less than a year of experience when I started working on it. The senior lighting designer (and my mentor), Cathy Hall, really made an effort to include me on all facets of the project, and it was an amazing learning experience. It’s being built now, and I’m excited to see the final outcome.

Best part of your job?
I really enjoy working for a full-service firm that includes architects, engineers, interior designers and researchers coming together to design buildings. It makes it much easier to collaborate when you’re all in the same office, and it makes for a dynamic work environment.

Biggest obstacle you’ve encountered?
The lack of formal feedback. People that are just graduating college have typically spent their whole life in school, where you have constant feedback in the form of assignments, quizzes and tests. The real world isn’t like that. Unless the person I’m working with has good communication skills, the only feedback that I can count on receiving is in my annual review. That shift in feedback made it difficult to get my bearings. For me, mentorship was the way to ease my transition from full-time student to full-time employee. Having a mentor that I knew wanted to help me succeed made it easier to ask for feedback and advice.

Most important thing for the future of lighting?
Guidelines. There’s a lot of discussion about light and health, and while the research is compelling, there are no guidelines on how to apply the research.

In five years, I see myself…
With all of the certifications I want to achieve—I’ll be going after the LC and PE in the next year—and also leading the lighting design on award-winning projects. More than that, I want to give back to the IES and other EPs. I want to be a mentor and a resource for students and Emerging Professionals and help them see all the great things I see in lighting design.

EP Zoom Platinum Sponsor - $20,000

What’s in it for you?

  •    Sponsor 5 Students/Emerging Professionals and the EP Day presentation platform
  •    Visibility and awareness before breakout rooms and throughout the event
  •    Opportunity to present a live or prerecorded personal closing message (15 seconds-1 minute duration)
  •    Shout-outs throughout the event
  •    Recognition as an EP Program Sponsor on all event communication
  •    Recognition on the IES Annual Conference homepage
  •    Recognition on the IES Annual Conference Emerging Professional homepage

EP Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor students and emerging professionals to attend the virtual Annual Conference event or the in-person Street & Area Lighting Conference. Student and EP recipients selected by Emerging Professional Committee.

EP Breakout Room Sponsor - $8,000

What do you get?

  •    Sponsor breakout room for live engagement and networking during EP Day
  •    Opportunity to present a live or prerecorded personal welcome message (15 seconds-1 minute duration)
  •    Visibility and awareness at the start of the schedule
  •    Personalized zoom backgrounds for moderators
  •    Recognition as an EP Program Sponsor on all event communication
  •    Recognition on the IES Annual Conference homepage
  •    Recognition on the IES Annual Conference Emerging Professional homepage
  •    Opportunity to provide personalized swag to attendees and moderators

EP Game Sponsor - $5,000

What are the benefits?

  •    Sponsor live interactive game session(s) during EP Day
  •    Ability to use your personal game hosting platform for the game session (IES can provide platform if needed)
  •    Be a Game Co-Host
  •    Opportunity to provide personalized swag or selection of IES publications as prize options

1 X Event Sponsor - $5,000

What’s in it for you?

  •    Visibility and awareness before breakout rooms and throughout the event – graphic image of logo
  •    Opportunity to submit a prerecorded personal opening/closing message (15 seconds-1 minute duration)
  •    Shout-outs throughout the event
  •    Recognition as a Leadership Forum Sponsor on all event communication
  •    Recognition on the Leadership Forum homepage

6 X Breakout Room Sponsor - $1,000 – (1 for each of 6 Breakout Rooms)

What do you get?

  •    Visibility and awareness at the start of the schedule – [verbal announcement/thank you]
  •    Personalized Zoom background for moderators – [moderators must use if provided by sponsor]
  •    Recognition as a Leadership Forum Sponsor on all event communication
  •    Recognition on the Leadership Forum homepage

3 X Leadership Forum Kahoot Game Sponsor - $500

What are the benefits?

  •    Sponsor live interactive Kahoot game session(s) during LF Day
  •    Be a Game Co-Host (optional)
  •    Recognition as a Leadership Forum Sponsor on all event communication
  •    Recognition on the Leadership Forum homepage

1x Gold Sponsor- $25,000

  •    Recognition as a Gold Sponsor in a fourth (1/4) page placement for 2 months in LD+A magazine
  •    Recognition as Gold sponsor on event app and all event communication, excluding Registration and Daily Digest communications
  •    Full registration for two (2) to the Annual Conference
  •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

2x Keynote Sponsor- $10,000

  •    2-3 minute Opening
  •    Introduce keynote speaker
  •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

5x Virtual Break Sponsor - $6,000

  •    Provided graphic visible during break duration
  •    Recognition as Virtual Break sponsor on event app and all event communications, excluding Registration and Daily Digest communications
  •    Full Registration for one (1) to the Annual Conference

1x Opening Session Sponsor- $5,000

  •    90-second video prior to session start
  •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

1x Closing Session Sponsor- $5,000

  •    90-second video prior to session start
  •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

1x Society Update Sponsor - $5,000

  •    Recognition as Society Update sponsor throughout web
  •    Recognition as Society Update sponsor on event app and all event communication, excluding Registration and Daily Digest communications
  •    Full registration for one (1) to attend the 2021 Annual Conference
  •    90-second video prior to session start

1x Registration Sponsor - $5,000

  •    Visibility as sole sponsor on the registration page and in all registration focused communications
  •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app

1x Daily Digest Sponsor - $5,000

  •    Visibility as sole sponsor in all Daily Digest focused communications
  •    Recognition on event webpage and communications as Daily Digest Sponsor

10x Event App Exhibitor Page Sponsor - $1,000

  •    Company logo and hyperlink placed on exhibitor page within event app