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I have often joked about the similarities between my ICT career path and twisted-pair. Balanced twisted-pair requires complex engineering design efforts that enable cabling construction to support an expanding range of applications, allowing convergence of differing applications as seen in the current ICT industry. The same care and "design" can be seen along my career path. My journey began in the late 1970s when information and communications technology (ICT) was only a concept on the distant horizon. While working for a Lighting Designer, I witnessed converging technologies of the 1980s—data communications, electrical and telecommunications. The support and project specification I provided on lighting design concepts and objectives for architects, interior designers, consultants, engineers and contractors, exemplified the importance of industry-specific, technical knowledge. It was these trial-by-fire experiences, coupled with the support from talented individuals, that presented me an opportunity to work in the data communications industry. I was fortunate to have good mentors and often tested their patience when calling to ask many questions, some that were as simple as "What is a 'Pin-Out'?"—there was no Google in those days! Many of my early data communications experiences included the introduction of new technologies to my career, such as local area networks and learning about the future of the Intelligent Building. It was exciting and challenging to work in this young industry, especially when learning how to best support the project design requirements that faced the consulting engineer, contractor and architectural firms. The challenges I faced exemplified how critical continuing my education on current and emerging technologies was, especially at a time when there were very few women in the industry. I knew that expansive industry knowledge, a strong peer network and sheer determination to succeed would be huge components to a successful career. I was introduced to BICSI during my "early" years working for a Northern Californian Manufacturer Rep firm owner. Their industry-leading educational resources provided invaluable learning opportunities and helped me achieve the Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD ® ) credential, which led to greater credibility among my peers. Fast forward 30-plus years to the ICT industry that exists today and look at the industry convergence! Lighting has become an important component of the Internet of Things and design for More than Words from Women in BICSI My Journey Through ICT Convergence by Lylette Macdonald, RCDD ORGANIZATION (continued on page 14) Page 13

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