The IES Norfolk/Virginia Beach Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference
Aug 24 – Sep 4 all-day

August 24-28, 2020
August 31 – September 4, 2020

2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference2020 IES Virtual Annual ConferenceThe Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference (August 24 – 28, 2020 and August 31 – September 4, 2020) provides a range of educational programming on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. The 2020 Annual Conference has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to unfold, it became clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make tough choices. While it took longer than expected to reach a resolution, we believe that this was handled with the precision necessary to preserve the well-being of the Society while creating an opportunity for success both in the present and future.

DATES: August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th
TIMES: Official times to be determined, but there will be two blocks of sessions each day.
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members, but we encourage you to wait on registering for the conference until we announce the benefits of the EP Program for this year.

The virtual Annual Conference will have sessions that will be held August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th. By providing a schedule that offers content across these two weeks, registrants will be able to attend all sessions and not have to choose between different tracks.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope that you find this virtual Annual Conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

There will be no virtual tabletop sessions this year. We will resume tabletops when we return to an in-person annual conference.

More information, such as agenda, speakers, and more will be made available shortly.

Please note, if you previously registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your payment has been refunded. Those that have booked their rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the hotel will cancel your room reservation on your behalf.

September Kickoff Virtual Happy Hour
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This IES Season’s Kickoff meeting will be a Virtual Happy Hour meeting to introduce this year’s Tidewater IES Board of Managers as well as a presentation by our IES District 3 Chair, Becky Stuart Conner. She will be speaking about the IES and what is going on at the regional and national levels.

We will also look for feedback on educational topics everyone might be interested in this season. Please come with some ideas!

Becky Stuart Conner has been involved in the lighting industry for 20 years. Becky is currently an electrical designer for WSP in Richmond, VA, but over the years she has held many positions including lighting sales rep and project manager for a lighting distributor. She has been involved in the design of a variety of different projects including medical, retail, educational, hospitality and recreational facilities. Becky completed two years of architecture school at Virginia Tech, gaining a special appreciation for the design process and aesthetics, while her experience and education in the field of engineering keeps her in tune with practical and efficient design solutions. Becky’s affiliation with the Illuminating Engineering Society has been a constant since she started in the industry – she was elected Secretary of her local Section in 2004 and served in that position for 2 years, then took on the role of President and remained in that position for 10 years before being approached to serve as District 3 Vice Chair. Upon resignation of the District 3 Chair in 2016, Becky stepped into that role and has been serving in that position ever since. She will be wrapping up her second term in 2021.

Webinar: Automating GUV Lighting Solutions
Oct 14 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Automating GUV Lighting Solutions

Presented by the Norfolk/Virginia Beach (Tidewater) Virginia Section of the IES

Featuring guest speaker:

Phillip Ruane

Specification Sales Manager for Lighting Environments
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
11:45-12:00pm Login
12:00pm – 1:00pm Presentation

RSVP here!
Quality lighting design has long been integral to an occupant’s health and well-being in a built environment, but lighting solutions incorporating disinfection by GUV might be integral to the next generation of sanitizing and disinfecting spaces.  UV-C is invisible light between 280-100 nanometers that is germicidal, killing/inactivating 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens.  The technology, currently ubiquitous in healthcare applications to cut down healthcare associated infections, will become a critical tool for more applications in our fight against emerging dangerous pathogens.  However, exposing UV-C light to occupants could be harmful to their health, so the technology must be used in a smart way.  This presentation discusses UV-C disinfecting light and similar products, the economic value of such solutions, some safety considerations for the product.  Finally, we will propose a set of best practices to automate disinfection during off hours, so employees, patrons, and other occupants have pieces of mind that they are in a disinfected environment.

Presentation is AIA Accredited for CEUs

  • Define Germicidal Ultraviolet radiation and get acquainted with the science
  • Demonstrate the commercial necessity and viability of UV-disinfecting solutions in the future built environment
  • Discover the technologies that harness UV radiation to disinfect areas and their benefits and potential risks.
  • Discuss next-generation automation strategies to ensure safe operation of these powerful technologies.

Phillip Ruane joined the lighting industry seven years ago during the early adoption phase of LED lighting.  He’s worked with top specifiers and lighting designers from the Washington DC region and currently runs specification sales in the commonwealth of Virginia.  He publishes a monthly podcast called “Elevated Environments” where he highlights the intersection of architecture and technology.  He lives in Richmond with his wife and two daughters.

This program is designed for industry professionals, facility managers, consultants, architects, interior designers, sales representatives, distributors, engineers, and lighting designers who are interested in gaining a better understanding of how GUV  lighting can be incorporated safely into buildings. Please share this invite with your friends, coworkers, and clients.

Free Virtual meeting, but please RSVP so we can complete the attendance list for CEU certificates.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2020. RSVP here!  Deadline to RSVP is the event time.

Webinar: Inverters & Emergency Transfer Devices
Nov 12 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Battery packs, inverters, and generators have new applications and features due to COVID and business changes over the last year. Controls are changing to more wireless solutions, which also creates transfer time concerns with inverters that need to be addressed with new options and controls.

Topics covered:

  • Inverters and recent NEC and NFPA code changes
  • How to override switches, photocells, and other control devices while using inverters
  • How to eliminate outdoor cold weather battery packs
  • …and more!

Click “Access the Event” on the right to get the link to the Microsoft Teams Meeting. The link will be accessible after 11:30 am on November 12th.

Winter EP Social: Virtual Happy Hour & Trivia Night
Dec 9 @ 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Winter EP Social: Virtual Happy Hour & Trivia Night

Calling All Design Professionals!

Join us virtually to discuss the latest lighting news and play some trivia with your fellow Richmond & Tidewater Emerging Professionals Wednesday, December 9th at 4:45pm. Festivities will officially start at 5:00pm. Every attendee has a chance to win an Amazon gift card and Emerging Professionals get entered for a chance at an IES EP Membership!

We’re also hosting a best drink (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) recipe contest. Please email us at with your recipe prior to 12/09.

RSVP here! Deadline to submit your recipe and be entered in the prize drawings is 12/09 at 12 pm.  This event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams.  The link to the meeting will be released to the Eventbrite Online Event Page 30 minutes prior to meeting start time.

Webinar: Theatre System Design Basics
Jan 13 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm


Presented by the Norfolk/Virginia Beach (Tidewater) Virginia Section of the IES

Featuring guest speaker:
Bobby Harrell
Entertainment Lighting Designer and Programmer
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
11:45-12:00pm Login
12:00pm – 1:00pm Presentation

RSVP here!

This course introduces key fixture offerings for theatres, basic lighting design for schools, how to put a system together, dimming/relay options, choosing the right architectural control and theatrical control, and looks at the cost comparison between LED and tungsten.

Presentation is AIA Accredited for CEUs


  • Criteria needed for designing a theatrical space and the programming needs of a typical educational performance space.
  • Discusses the requirements for all necessary entertainment lighting components, as well as holistic requirements for the performance lighting system.

Bobby Harrell is an Entertainment Lighting Designer and Programmer that is recognized for technical and creative talents in serving the needs of clients on Broadway, theatre, opera, dance, corporate theatre, film and television markets by creating designed lighting in complex productions.  He has also been a Product Manager, adept at managing product development teams (hardware/software) for Strand Lighting’s theatrical and architectural control products.  He is currently Strand’s Business Development Manager for Installs that enhances client comfort through communications to create sales opportunities for Strand Lighting’s lighting control and dimming systems.  His role also includes Product Specialist to enhance client comfort through product demonstrations and problem solving through available technology.  

This program is designed for industry professionals, facility managers, consultants, architects, interior designers, sales representatives, distributors, engineers, and lighting designers who are interested in a better understanding of theater system design basics. Please share this invite with your friends, coworkers, and clients.

Free Virtual meeting, but please RSVP so we can complete the attendance list for CEU certificates.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 RSVP here! Deadline to RSVP is the event time. The link for the event will be in the Eventbrite online event page. Click “Access the event” on the right prior to the event starting to get the Microsoft Teams link.


For information on how to further your participation with the IES by membership or involvement with the local Tidewater Section, contact our president, Jackie Eury by e-mail Or just talk to any one of our local officers or board of managers at the next meeting. Look for the black and yellow nametags!

Hope to see you there!
Laura Ashley Alferes
IES Tidewater Vice President

Please email with any questions.