Participants in the American Lighting Association’s (ALA) Virtual Symposium will become part of a high-tech world as their personally designed avatars mingle with peers and enjoy a live concert during the Monday social event. In a time of social distancing, the unforgettable experience provides a way to reconnect with industry friends and have meaningful conversations in a virtual setting with a beach, sport field and other common areas, including private meeting rooms.
The social event wraps up the first day of the ALA Virtual Symposium, Sept. 14-16. In an unprecedented move by ALA, non-members are invited to register for the symposium to get a feel for the association and meet members “face to face” during the interactive gathering. Participants are encouraged to log in and design their personal avatar ahead of the event to ensure the best experience. During the party, attendees can converse with each other through their computer microphones or headsets, as if they were together in person.
Popular Nashville entertainer, Tony Lucca, headlines the gathering with a live concert exclusively for ALA. Lucca is a well-known singer, songwriter and is a past finalist on the television singing competition show The Voice. He has toured with many famous acts, including Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, *NSYNC, Marc Anthony, Josh Hoge, Sara Bareilles, Matt Duke, Tyrone Wells, and the late Chris Whitley. Lucca’s most recent album, Ain’t No Storm, which received critical acclaim, is just one example from his lengthy resume and list of songwriting accomplishments.
The symposium features an impressive speaker line-up:
- Bernard Baumohl, The Economic Outlook Group
- Dany Kimm, PhD, Raindrop Marketing Agency
- Mark Lien, LC, CLEP, CLMC, HBDP, LEED BD&C, Illuminating Engineering Society
- Terry McGowan, FIES, LC, American Lighting Association
- Bob Phibbs, The Retail Doctor
- Peter Romaniello, FIES, LC, Conceptual Lighting
- Crystal Vilkaitis, Crystal Media
Two panel discussions will explore the future of lighting and connected products, as well as how to work with designers to grow showroom business. Also part of the symposium are two networking sessions and 10 webinars that include live Q&A with each presenter.
Each registration includes access to all live events and recorded sessions. Early registration is encouraged to ensure seamless access once the event begins.