Women in AV, Let’s Take The WAVE Career Pledge!

Posted by jhwillard  |  January 30, 2019, 2:16 pm

Women in AV(WAVE) partners with TierPM, AV/IT’s leading workforce solution provider, to offer all females in ProAV the WAVECareerPledge to advance your career in AV!

As females in a male-dominated industry, our challenges for furthering our careers are many and solutions aren’t always easily identifiable. Whether it’s a lack of time to focus on career development, uncertainty if we have the skills for a new position, or simply unaware of what options are available, just knowing where to begin can sometimes feel daunting.

Women in AV (WAVE) and TierPM want to take the guesswork out of those questions by providing you with free, professional resources backed by a team of talented, expert technical recruiters available to assist with all of your job-seeking and career development needs.

TierPM is AV/IT’s leading workforce solutions provider offering AV professionals and companies services in recruiting, staffing, application development, and project management. In collaboration with WAVE, TierPM will generously support any female seeking employment or career advancement in AV/IT with these services for free~ any time, any where, worldwide!

It’s easy and the only requirement is a passion to take your professional career to the next level! When contacting TierPM or applying for a job, simply use “Women in AV” as a referral to connect with a Technical Recruiter who can assist you with:

  • Updating Your Resume
  • Job-Placement Services
  • Interview Skills Development
  • Researching Certification/Training Programs

You can find all the TierPM resources and job postings at:

  • TierPM Job Listings here
  • Contact TierPM here

To learn more about the WAVE Career Pledge, watch our AVNation TV WAVEcast with WAVE’s Jennifer H. Willard and TierPM’s, Maura Quinn here

We’re beyond grateful to TierPM’s Maura Quinn, Management Team, and fantastic Technical Recruiters for generously giving women the much-needed resources and expertise to ensure they thrive and succeed with careers in AV/IT. Never before has a tech-industry come together in offering women a concrete, decisive advantage for improving, not only our individual career paths, but, demonstrating ProAV’s commitment to creating more diversity and inclusion in our workplaces and industry.

So, let’s take the WAVE Career Pledge ladies and get those jobs in AV!!

 

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Introducing WAVE Society, Join us Women in AV!

Posted by jhwillard  |  May 2, 2016, 7:50 pm

Women in AV are thrilled to announce our WAVE Society is finally here!!!

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 online resource portal for true collaboration, learning, networking, recognizing, and energizing ourselves and each other to grow as AV professionals and incredibly inspiring women who do it all. As always, everyone’s welcome at WAVE.
Join us AV Gents, TBD AV Pro’s, and Young AV!

New member features include: chat/discussion forums, education resources, job listings, member profile promotion, networking opportunities, upcoming events, and exclusive news, podcasts, blogs, and the latest in AV industry technology.

 

Join the WAVE Society NOW to receive a one-year annual

subscription plan for only $59! 

Click Below for Membership Subscription Plans

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It’s Official WAVE: Now you can wear Women in AV Loud and Proud!!

Our Very Own Women in AV Merchandise is Now Available.
 Visit our WAVE Store on Dazzle for all the fun ways to tell people know who we are!

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Join us WAVE, let’s make more amazing 

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Meet Media Vision’s Women in AV : AV Nation Podcast Ep: 1!!

Posted by Kelly  |  September 29, 2015, 1:59 pm

Women in AV are thrilled to partner with AV Nation and bring you a series of WAVE video podcasts where you get to meet the real WAVE behind the companies that drive our AV industry every day.

We are so pleased in our inaugural episode to meet and talk with Media Vision’s Women in AV!! Michelle Shimizu, Annabelle Gazzo, and Alissa Massey are 3 of Media Vision’s most successful, influential, and BUSY employees you will find in ANY company. Between them all, they manage and lead the companies sales, marketing and PR, and HR/Administration departments. Learn how these women manage business, being a women in a male-dominated industry and balancing it all with taking care of their families here.

Media Vision has continued to increase it’s sales and growth in such a way they continue leading, not only the AV industry, but all technology sectors with best-in-class awards and fastest growing private companies. In 2014 alone, they were #19 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area and #3 in the East Bay. Read more about a company who makes continuing 40-45% growth year after year look easy here.

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Media Vision and it’s CEO Fardad Zabetian have been one of Women in AV’s first and biggest supporters since the group founded in 2011.  Media Vision has always given their greatest and most generous efforts to promoting and encouraging women in the AV industry.  We couldn’t be more thankful and thrilled to be one of the organizations they believe in and support.  You can see everything they do and put their efforts and hearts into turns to gold!!

Learn more about the wired and wireless audio/video conferencing solutions Media Vision can offer you and your company here.

Thank You to our partners AV Nation, the AV industry’s leading high-quality broadcast resource for the AV industry news, information, trade show event coverage, and technology innovation. Learn more about their blogs, videos, podcasts, and the latest breaking industry news here.

Check out Media Vision’s Women in AV: AV Nation Episode 1 NOW!!  Click for details.

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2015 WAVE Mentor Award Winner Jill Renninger Talks Women in AV, Leadership, and Mentoring

Posted by Kelly  |  June 22, 2015, 10:51 am

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Please join us in congratulating the 2015 Women in AV Mentor Award Winner, Jill Renninger, President of IMS Technology Solutions!!  WAVE had the chance to speak with Jill and she shared her expertise and insights on being a leader and women in a male-dominated industry, why mentoring is important to the future of the industry, and what steps we need to take to encourage women to join us.

 

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IMS President, Jill Renninger 2015 Women in AV Mentor Award Winner

 

Please tell us about your business, it’s history, how you’ve evolved, and what you do for the AV industry? What sets you apart from your competitors and why is that important to being a leading company in the AV industry? What are the trends you see in where our industry is evolving to with the convergence of AV and IT and how can we stay relevant and successful?

I started in this business with my husband, John, after his experiences traveling as a sales and marketing executive, and trying to conduct client presentations on the road with inadequate equipment.  We saw an opportunity to fill a void in the market by renting high-quality projection technology to local hotels, meeting venues and traveling professionals. As that market started to change and the size and cost of projectors was reduced, we expanded into event staging services and shortly thereafter, some of our larger clients asked for help with systems integration projects so we brought that into the business too. Over the past several years, we have embraced this shift toward AV-IT convergence, and have further expanded our IT offerings, including adding video streaming, managed services, content creation, video collaboration, and digital signage.

The willingness and discipline to recognize and embrace market trends, and keep our company agile enough to quickly commit to change has been a critical competitive differentiator for us. Once we identify a growth area or an opportunity to expand our business, we fully commit to not only the opportunity, but to doing it better than anyone else in the industry.

To be a leading company in this industry, you have to be innovative, and continually add significant value to your clients.  A key component to doing that is recruiting and keeping top talent. We provide end-to-end accountability to our clients, so the strength and commitment of our team is critical.

 

IMS Technology Solutions is driving the use of Augmented Reality and it’s latest offerings allow for video and 3-dimensional content to be displayed on mobile devices via any image trigger. It’s a great tool for visualizing 3d renderings and models from a printed schematic and IMS is looking at bringing to all of client’s meetings, events, and training experiences.

 

Watch IMS describe and demonstrate their latest Augmented Reality Application
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Tell us about how you feel winning the award and what does mentoring mean to you, as a woman and also as a company owner? What qualities make someone a good mentor and how does a person get started to become one in their own lives? Why is mentoring important and how do you foster that environment in your professional and personal life?

I am honored and humbled to receive this award. We have grown IMS from renting projectors from our basement to managing events and system installations across the country and around the world… we’re not a huge company, only 80 people, but that’s still 80 people… and that’s really where I believe mentoring comes into play.  Any company can rent gear, truck equipment across the country or install AV systems.   We pride ourselves in building a team of highly skilled and creative people, and it’s their talent and dedication that makes the difference between a one-time customer and, and lasting and loyal customers.  Our Team is the PRIMARY reason we’ve experienced the tremendous growth throughout our 20 year history.

Each year we create a theme to base our yearly initiates around. Last year’s theme was “Rising Above to Shape Your Future”.  We asked each of our employees to first come up with ways in which they could “Rise Above” and how they could improve their performance or advance their skills.  The second part was what that would mean to them personally either within IMS or totally outside of work.  We received great insights into what was important to them…to their families and friends…things that their employment here at IMS was helping them build towards.

Part of being a mentor means recognizing what motivates your employees, respecting each one as an individual, and creating an environment where they can thrive and have the opportunity to reach their full potential, professionally as well as personally.

Being a mentor means investing in training and professional development for every position in the organization, including your own.  It means keeping a close eye on your growth and expansion and recognizing the needs of the future before they arrive. It means taking the time to listen to your employees, showing them you care and giving them the individualized attention that they deserve.

 

See IMS’s President, Jill Renninger, 2015 WAVE Mentor Award

Acceptance Video here.

 

How do you see the AV industry in being welcoming and/or encouraging women? What, if anything, do we need to do to bring or open the possibilities for women to want to join us and make a career of AV? What would you like people to know about being a what it takes to be a women leader in our industry for women who want to follow in your footsteps?  

We work in a tremendously fast-paced, ever-changing environment, with new technologies emerging every day, but there are still those old-fashioned principles that I believe everyone- not just women – in AV needs to live by:  hard work, honesty, integrity and a never-ending commitment to listening to your customers.

What does it feel like being a woman in a male-dominated industry? Have you experienced barriers in your career and where do you feel we are at now as an industry? What did you want to be growing up as a young girl and what interested you about it that stood out? Did any of those dreams play into your career and where you are today?

As a women in a male-dominated industry, I can honestly say that the AV business is no different from any other industry. I believe that creativity, hard work, honesty and perseverance are the keys to being successful in business. I just think women have to be better than their counterparts and must prove themselves over a period of time whereas men are accepted much quicker. Unfortunately it is the world we live in but in the scheme of things it really just makes women that much better as they rise to the top of their profession. I have two daughters, both of which are in the business and I couldn’t be prouder of the job they are doing and the profession they have chosen.

Growing up, I watched my parents work side by side and create a thriving business. I knew early on that I was meant to be an entrepreneur based on the role models of my parents.

 

How do you see the AV industry in being welcoming and/or encouraging women? What, if anything, do we need to do to bring or open the possibilities for women to want to join us and make a career of AV?

I think that organizations like WAVE are exactly what this industry needs to help women see the industry as a viable career. At IMS we are encouraging diversity in the workplace by implementing an internship program with some of the local universities. This gives us the ability to find excellent talent and introduce the industry to more women.

 

Thinking back ,what is something that “if I had known then, what I would do now” scenarios can you see for yourself that could help shape a young woman’s path in a meaningful way?

Simply believe in yourself and know that you are as good as anybody in the workplace.

 

To learn more about Jill and to contact IMS, please visit www.imstechnologies.com

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Women in AV Honors IMS’s Jill Renninger with the 2015 WAVE Mentor Award

Posted by jhwillard  |  June 18, 2015, 3:24 am

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 San Francisco, CA / June 17th, 2015 — Women in AV (WAVE), a global organization dedicated to promoting the growth and performance of women in the AV industry through education, networking and mentoring today announced Jill Renninger, Owner and President of IMS Technology Service Inc, has been selected to receive WAVE’s 2015 Mentoring Award. The award was presented at the InfoComm 2015 NSCA/FSR/SYNNEX Women in AV Reception.

View Renninger’s Acceptance Video here. To learn more about IMS Technology Services, visit www.imstechnologyservices.com

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“I am honored and humbled to receive this award. We have grown IMS from renting projectors from our basement to managing events and system installations across the country and around the world… we’re not a huge company, only 80 people, but that’s still 80 people… and that’s really where I believe mentoring comes into play”, says Renninger.

Any company can rent gear, truck equipment across the country or install AV systems. We pride ourselves in building a team of highly skilled and creative people, and it’s their talent and dedication that makes the difference between a one-time customer and, and lasting and loyal customers.

Our Team is the PRIMARY reason we’ve experienced the tremendous growth throughout our 20 year history.”

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2015 Women in AV Mentor Award WinnerJill Renninger, President IMS Technologies

Women in AV are grateful to Listen Technologies for sponsoring this important industry award for the third year in a row and greatly appreciate their on-going efforts and support to encourage the development of WAVE.

Women in AV are grateful to Listen Technologies for sponsoring this important industry award for the third year in a row and greatly appreciate their on-going efforts and support to encourage the development of WAVE.

“We are delighted to recognize Jill with this award for all the mentoring that she has done within our industry,” said Cory Schaeffer, Co-Founder & Vice President of Business Development Worldwide at Listen Technologies. “She is an outstanding role model of how rewarding it is to support and uplift others. She has given selflessly to her company, aspiring young women in AV, and her community. I love that she is being recognized for it with this 2015 award. It’s nice to recognize and share with others all of her efforts.”

“WAVE received many excellent nominations for the WAVE Mentor Award”, said founder Jennifer H. Willard. “Jill stood out to our judges because she demonstrates the type of leadership and inspiration we need in our industry. Her thoughtfulness, generosity towards helping others, and example as a role model that all women in AV can aspire to be are exactly the qualities that align with the mission and values of the Women in AV organization. We are thrilled to celebrate and recognize Jill for her outstanding service and dedication as a mentor to not only young women following in her footsteps, but, the AV industry as a whole.”

About Women in AV
Founded in 2011, Women in AV (WAVE) strives to promote collaboration, sharing of ideas and brainstorming about all things AV in a compassionate environment where treading in new areas for the first time is appreciated and encouraged. WAVE aims to support a balanced work/life principle where having success in one area never compromises the other. At the same time, WAVE provides research and education to women about opportunities for advancement within the AV industry. WAVE members mentor and offer young women assistance to advance their education and experience while pioneering sustainable business models to streamline daily requirements of commerce and advocate responsible, social and economical business practices. For more information, visit http://womeninav.com.
About IMS Technology Services Inc.
IMS Technology Services Inc. is one of the fastest expanding AV companies in the Philadelphia Region; growing at more than 40% per year. 
IMS operates several business units; Show Services/Event Staging; Audio Visual “Design/Build” Integration; Digital Signage Integration and Content Management; Audio Visual Service and Support; and Media Production. IMS is all about their people — with a combined Show Services experience of 100+ years and a combined Integration experience of 100+ years! We invite you to learn how IMS can be a true benefit to you and your organization. 
For more information, visit www.imstechnologyservices.com

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