Emerging Professionals Program
For more information about the Emerging Professional Program…

Contact the IES Membership Coordinator:
Marie Meacham
212-248-5000 x113

IES Emerging Professionals

The Emerging Professionals Initiative of the IES shall be an organization of members – regardless of membership classification – and shall provide unique opportunities for mentorship within the IES. Each member shall retain his/her own membership category of student, associate or member while participating in the group.

An Emerging Professional (EP) is a recent graduate entering the workforce for the first time OR a professional making a career move/change. A person shall be considered an emerging professional for five (5) years after graduation or entry into the lighting industry. Students will be considered members of this group.

The benefits of the Emerging Professionals Initiative are numerous and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Encourages younger members and those new to the Industry to get actively involved in the IES.
  • Creates special learning opportunities.
  • Creates programs/activities geared toward EP members’ interests.
  • Develops EP professional skills and abilities.
  • Expands the young professionals’ recognition in the community.
  • Creates new leadership and integrates new ideas into the Society.
  • Creates opportunities for Emerging Professionals 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.


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Activities may be designed to foster supportive relationships among students, emerging professionals and Society mentors. This Initiative shall be developed to promote the integration of emerging professionals into the leadership of the Society

The program may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Mentoring program; mentoring should encompass the sharing of a wide range of experience and expertise. Mentoring shall include a database of qualified volunteer mentors available for consultation to all students and emerging professionals. Tools shall be developed for the region and section for training membership to become mentors and to offer mentorship to the EP.
  2. Emerging Professionals section of the website may be developed and should be geared towards EP’s and students. The section should include mentorship database, internship/job announcements, and links to other organizations with emerging professional programs.
  3. Emerging Professionals column each month in LD+A. The column would either be by someone in this category, or devoted to topics that would interest EP’s and students.
  4. Have activities devoted to EP’s at each annual conference (the exact activities would be determined by the Conference Chair).


How to Start an Emerging Professionals Lighting Group?

It is easy to get started:

  • Contact the membership committee chair and Section President of your local IES Section 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.
  • Request that the local Section Board of Managers create a list of Volunteer Mentors in your area.
  • Find a senior advisor – likely a local Board of Managers Member – to assist with program planning and EP initiatives.

Now that you’ve started…build 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.
  • Create good, consistent programming and networking opportunities at every event – people will tell others about it and you will have success!