WILD Announces Mentorship Program and Heritage Celebration

by | Jun 24, 2024 | News

Caribbean American Heritage Month

Women in Lighting + Design (WILD) is pleased to announce the official launch of the WILD Mentorship Program this fall, following a highly successful pilot. This program is designed to promote professional development and mentorship within the lighting and design industry.

Call for Mentorship Committee Volunteers

WILD is currently seeking dedicated individuals to join the Mentorship Committee. Volunteers will collaborate to shape the program, contribute ideas, and support ongoing needs. Interested parties can email wildmentorshipprogram@gmail.com to join the July meeting and help drive this transformative initiative forward.

Mentorship Applications Open in August

Applications for mentors and group liaisons will open in August. This presents an excellent opportunity for professionals to give back, mentor emerging talents, and build a stronger community. Details on the application process will be provided soon.

Celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month

Aligned with WILD’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR), the organization celebrates various Heritage Months. In June, WILD recognizes Caribbean American Heritage Month, highlighting the rich cultural contributions and histories of the Caribbean community.

Insights from Alexandria Rodriguez, Showroom Manager at Coronet LED

For Alexandria Rodriguez, Caribbean American Heritage Month is deeply personal. Raised with influences from Trinidadian, Haitian, and Jamaican cultures, she reflects on how these elements have shaped her identity. “From soca music to Carnival celebrations, each aspect of Caribbean culture connected me to my roots and made me feel part of a larger community,” she notes.

Rodriguez emphasizes the unity and resilience shared among Caribbean nations, which drives creativity and innovation. “Despite the differences among Caribbean nations, we share a common history of resilience and pride. This unity inspires creativity and innovation across different industries,” she explains.

Honoring Heritage and Achievements

Caribbean American Heritage Month serves as a celebration of achievements across literature, art, music, and more. Rodriguez sees it as a chance to honor the past, celebrate the present, and envision a future of equality and cultural exchange. “It’s a reminder of the enduring spirit and contributions of the Caribbean community,” she adds.

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