Are the Women in AV Offensive For Existing?

Posted by Kelly  |  June 15, 2015, 8:15 pm


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Happy and safe travels everyone InfoComm15-bound, see you in hot and humid Orlando!! Our very best Women in AV wishes to everyone for a fantastic and successful show. Enjoy the true warmth and communications that is the most welcoming and enjoyable part of our industry!!

Whether you’re hitting the show floor or following around the globe, bookmark AV Nation , AV Technology Magazine, and Commercial Integrator for all the latest videos, blogs, product launches, and AV/IT industry news!!

DON’T forget our FAVORITE Drunk Unkles, play on Day 1-Wednesday, June 17th. and stop by any sponsor booth to get tickets for their can’t miss  10th Anniversary Rising fr M the Swamp!!

And, of course say HELLO to all your Women in AV and JOIN US and our awesome sponsors for the 4th Annual Women in AV Reception and 3rd Annual AV Nation AVTweetup with WAVE!

We couldn’t be more thrilled and inspired to turn 4 years-old in Orlando, Happy Birthday WAVE for all your achievements, talents, and success we’ve accomplished together, just 9 shy of our 1,000th member. Let’s make it happen at IC5, join our WAVE Group here!!

So far in 2015 alone, our industry has sent 3 WAVE scholarship winners to NSCA’s Business and Leadership Conference, our rocking UK WAVE Chapter has held 5 networking business events, the 4th WAVE Mentor Award winner will be honored at IC15, SF/Bay Area’s WAVE Chapter went live in May, and woman-owned FSR celebrates 35 years in AV.  Way to go WAVE, get involved now!!

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So, that’s all she wrote, right!?! Onward and saddle up Orlando! Skies are blue and we’re just a happy group of hard-working, down-to-earth, Rock Stars ready to make moments that last a lifetime.

Uhh-huh.. I guess every party has one Debbie Downer and with show doors yet to even open, apparently someone’s idea of #AVLove is throwing cheap shots at Women in AV mission and values and doesn’t think we should exist. Go AVTeam!

Speculating on what purpose it serves is a waste of time. Pretty sad someone sees disparaging women AND men helping other’s fulfill their dreams as either relevant or a cool thing to do…  Maybe they need the website views or being nasty must feel good. Who knows??

Enter left and thank you Mr. David Danto. Like most of us, I’ve been up since Sunday herding the last minute surpises. Raise your hand WAVE if your lists have lists now!! Just before 6:30a PDT, an email came through asking if WAVE had seen Mr. Danto’s opinion on Sexism In the AV Industry.


Here you go:


Sexism Is Offensive – All Sexism. Booth Babes have no place at InfoComm. Bravo to us that we finally have greater awareness of that now. Regrettably, neither does a Women in AV movement. As beneficial as the intent is, it is as offensive to me as a Catholics in AV or Caucasians in AV might be to others. As an industry we should not be celebrating any special group. We should be celebrating the best and brightest contributors regardless of labels. It’s sad that we tryy to compensate for inappropriate past recognition levels of the contributions of one class of industry participants by inappropriately recognizing only one class of industry participants. 

And, please. If you’re looking for a real and honest discussion on this topic, visit our WAVE LinkedIn Group here and be heard.



WAVE Founding Board InfoComm Award Winners
L-R: 201o Young AV Profesional Jennifer H. Willard, 2013 Young AV Professional Gina Sansivero, 2014 Women in AV Cory Schaeffer

Back to the original post, I know I pretty confused myself!!

So, what exactly is it Mr. Danto takes such exception with WAVE’s mere existence that offends his perfect sensibilities? (I still can’t figure this one out??) And, am I the only who sees it talking out both sides of your mouth singing “Bravo’s” for reducing the number of scantily-dressed women trying to sell your products and then try to tell us we have no place being at InfoComm15. Does using the word “Regrettably” make you feel less arrogant than it sounds?


  • For the record, WAVE adores special-interest groups with a clear, stated mission and purpose and would love to support and partner with you. So, if you’re out there Tin Foil Hats in AV, puuhlease get in touch!!!


It appears Mr. Danto’s measuring stick to justify his argument comparing WAVE’s presumption to exist with conceivably the 2 biggest majority classes of all time’s existence. OK.


  • In that line of thinking we should stop all further ttempts to bring starving kids around the world fresh water. Because, who are they to consider themselves anything special since we privileged folks don’t call ourselves special simply having the likes of Perrier, Brita, and any of the fancy filtered refrigerator facet-stuff. Because, if the privileged majority who owns privilege don’t think there’s any value or merit to it, then surely it’s of no good in the world.

Where or how did Mr. Danto come up with the gem inappropriate past recognition…. Is that really a thing??


  • Anyone heard of anything inappropriate with recognizing and celebrating our awesome AVGents, who happen to also be some of WAVE’s biggest supporters? Can anyone show me the recognition that motivated months of planning between NSCA and WAVE, multiple AV industry sponsors, and Drunk Unkles fundraising concerts to provide 3 WAVE scholarships to NSCA’s 2015 BLC Conference, all expenses paid? Someone must be able to name all those who logged 20-100 volunteer hours to send three winners to one of our industry’s premier Business and Leadership Conferences I missed the PR recognition train behind that one somehow…


  • And, what Women in AV baiting and fishing expedition is complete without mentioning our Booth Babes. They are just as hard-working women with families, bills, and a life to support like Mr. Danto himself. If there is any one offense the Women in have with this post is the implied righteousness of “ as long as it’s not in my backyard”… So per Mr. Danto, bravo AV industry becoming the enlightened Buddha’s to have “seen the light” of how objectifying women to sell your product says a lot more about why I shouldn’t buy your product than anything else and there may now be a single 23 year-old mom out of a job. Bravo for being so philanthropic.


  • And, how exactly does Mr. Danto think this big epiphany came about in the AV industry? Perhaps he may be in with the Catholics in AV and it was a case of divine intervention? Surely it couldn’t have been the Women in AV celebrating 4 years hustling day after day to recognize, mentor, inspire, advance, and educate women in the AV industry. Nope, we are just love all the face time and getting recognized.


And, please let me disclose. Women in AV do NOT take this personally or too seriously. We’re only upset for the time lost it took clarifying Mr. Danto’s opinion so when a young woman who’s considering joining AV reads something like that she won’t expect that’s the environment she’s walking into when all she wants is to pursue her career. In fact, there’s a tremendous amount of very kind, generous, and helpful people who would be over the moon happy to show her that her presence is an enormous asset to AV and help her in any way she needs.



2014 WAVE Mentor Award Winner Theresa Hahn

We’re actually really GRATEFUL to get this “happens at least once a year” stuff out of the way early so those of us who have to go to work aren’t dealing with senseless and petty negativity that adds no value, has no benefit, and creates no winners when it comes to uplifting and encouraging to each other.


Mr. Danto saves his best sage advise for his last statement. This one always just really cracks me up though…

Wait for it…. “And finally, one important piece of advice I remind my colleagues of at this conference is to keep an open mind. “


There you have it Women in AV, our fabulous friends, and every one who will get up tomorrow and have a FANTASTIC InfoComm15 week promoting each other, RECOGNIZING the awesome communication technology solutions and services we provide,  and continuing to advance the AV industry and keep us all relevant and employed!

We love any and every reason to celebrate and being special sounds like a fabulous one to us! Every one is always welcome to come hangout at WAVE’s party any time! Except, next time please just leave Debbie at home….


Written by: Jennifer H. Willard, Proud member of the Women in AV


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Join FSR in Celebrating Their 35th Anniversary At InfoComm15!!

Posted by Kelly  |  June 10, 2015, 4:19 pm

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Press Briefing at the Booth on Thursday, June 18th at 12:30 followed by a champagne reception to honor FSR’s 35th year serving the AV industry. Click to RSVP.

FSR to Commemorate 35th Anniversary at InfoComm 2015 with

New Products, Upgrades Across Every Range, and Champagne

Significant Enhancements to Metal Line, Electronics and Collaboration Systems to be Unwrapped

Woodland Park, NJ (May 20, 2015)FSR, a leading manufacturer of products for all segments of the ProAV industry including, education, hospitality, government, corporate and religious markets will commemorate its 35th anniversary at InfoComm 2015 with a briefing and bubbly! The New Jersey-based manufacturer will brief the press on all their new products and upgrades at 12:30 PM on Thursday, June 18th in Booth # 1331 followed by champagne and cake at 1.

FSR will honor its founding philosophy of merging quality with affordability by launching an impressive number of products this year comprised of additions to its Metal range including: wall and floor boxes, and table coasters; its Electronics line with several new scaling and HDMI switchers, HDBaseT modules, a FLEX I/O interface unit, and upgraded Digital Ribbon Cable; and will show a new version of the award-winning HuddleVU collaboration system plus models with added flexibility.

“We’re thrilled to share this milestone with the most important people on the planet; our team, our customers and industry colleagues,” says Company President Jan Sandri. “Celebrating at InfoComm is like inviting family to a significant birthday party. We get to unwrap all our new products and show them to the folks that made this all possible. It couldn’t be better!”

FSR, an engineering and manufacturing firm, was established in 1981 by Sandri, Bill Fitzsimmons and Charles Rodriquez to answer the need for quality and cost-effective control modules and metal integration products in the installation, integration and ProAV communities. Among the Company’s initial product ranges was FSR’s flagship floor box series, which is still considered a staple in installations around the world today.

To accommodate an industry in constant motion, FSR keeps in close contact with customers to identify needs and respond with reasonably priced, operator-friendly products and systems that not only address current requirements, but also provide elegant and practical solutions for tomorrow. Over the years, the Company’s offerings have been extended from wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes to a wide variety of matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT and CAT-X signal delivery solutions, and a full line of interfaces.

An Energy Star partner, FSR is committed to preserving the planet and incorporates an energy efficient design into each product while employing a lead-free process. Engineering and manufacturing are accomplished in the Company’s Woodland Park, NJ facility which allows for on-site quality control, fast production turnaround, and the ability to quickly customize solutions to meet specific needs.

FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. FSR sells into countries worldwide, and has a global network of representatives and distributors.

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About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.
The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information:


FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 •
Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising • Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 •

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Women in AV Join AV Nation for the 3rd Annual AV Tweet-Up At InfoComm15

Posted by Kelly  |  June 3, 2015, 4:20 pm





The Women in AV and our partners are joining our good friends AV Nation and the #AVTweeps for their 5th annual AV Nation’s AV Tweet-Up at InfoComm15!!  You are invited to join us WAVE for an exciting event to share stories, get business advice, and meet with old and new friends!!

Tweet-up is Thursday, June 18th from 4-6pm at the OCCC, Rm. 223A. From 4-5pm is a special time for the WAVE and join us 4:30pm for a WAVE group InfoComm15 picture and ceremony.

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WAVE is thrilled our sponsors Christie Digital Systems and Media Vision have made it possible for Women in AV to get together at InfoComm15 in Orlando! THANK YOU for supporting women in our AV industry and recognizing us for our achievements and the value we bring to our industry! Visit them at InfoComm15 Christie, Booth 3126 and Media Vision, Booth 411.

RSVP here to attend the AV Tweet-Up!

And our Special Thank You to Tim Albright, AV Nation’s founder, for being such a huge WAVE supporter since the start of Women in AV in 2011. Tim has in countless ways and time created opportunities and shared his knowledge and resources for helping women in our industry to feel included and recognized in AV.

Please join us for another great event WAVE!! See you there!!


Don’t miss AVNation’s complete InfoComm15 coverage, bookmark this LINK  for the latest show blogs, tweets, podcasts, videos and more!



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Who are We Women in AV! – Group Demographics 2013 Survey Results

Posted by Kelly  |  May 25, 2015, 1:53 pm


We all know what a difference 2 years can make in the world these days, the AV industry, and especially to organizations like the Women in AV(WAVE).  And, it certainly has been the case for WAVE. Within our 1st hour of launching in 2011, it blew me away WAVE had over 30 members. I thought to myself, WOW. Did we just find ALL 30 of us women in the AV industry!?! Little did I know, it was the 1st of many awe-struck and inspiring moments the last 4 years would see for our organization.

As I stand here in 2015, WAVE is an international women’s advocacy group providing mentoring, education, professional career development, local WAVE chapters, scholarships, and JUST LOADS OF FUN!! to its 980 members and more than 6,000 friends and supporters all working to recognize, value, and advance women in the AV industry.

One of our early initiatives in 2013 was to collect membership demographics on Who We Are WAVE and with InfoComm15 next week, it’s timely to reaffirm our contact information, expand our member database, and gather new ideas for growing our place in the AV industry.

It is noteworthy the Women in AV have a significantly high number of business owners, VP’s, and other senior management positions. Over 50% of WAVE are in top level positions across the total AV and STEM industries.

Key highlights about WAVE are:

- We are 984 members on LinkedIn over 5 continents (Africa and Antarctica we need you!)
- Our friends on social media include 5,868 Twitter, 156 Facebook, and 221 Pinterest who support WAVE
- Our group has never had a negative Week over Week Growth Rate in its 4 years
- Over 50% of WAVE are business owners, VP’s, Directors, and senior and executive management positions
- Sales and Marketing are the two leading functions performed by WAVE at 30%

View all the LinkIn Group Statistic here.

Get involved with all our Social Media Channels and Women in AV Friends!

LinkedIn: Women in AV Group
Twitter: @womeninav
Facebook: Women in AV
Pinterest: Women in AV

Here are some highlights from the 2013 survey. Please check back during InfoComm15 to take our 2015 WAVE Survey- Where are We Now!!

 It continues to thrill me every day to see the diverse, accomplished, and talented women in AV across our global markets and how women are being encouraged to get join us and pursue their goals and dreams. Our deepest Thank You for all of your support and love of the Women in AV. I can’t wait to look back in 2020 and see what we have achieved together by then!!

~Jennifer H. Willard, Founder


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Join us Women in AV for the 4th Annual WAVE Reception at InfoComm15!!

Posted by Kelly  |  May 22, 2015, 12:52 pm


Mark your calendars for the 4th annual Women in AV NSCA/FSR/Synnex Reception in Orlando!


What: Women in AV 4th Annual Reception at InfoComm15 
When: Wednesday, June 17th, 7-8:30pm
Where: Marlow’s Tavern, 9101 International Road, Orlando
How: Event is free, but registration is required and space is limited.

Come together with your AV industry colleagues to share tips, ideas and success stories about being a woman in a male-dominated industry. This one of a kind event honors the accomplishments of women in AV and offers networking and business opportunities to those females new to the industry and long-time veterans.

Please RSVP here.



Women in AV THANK YOU to NSCA, FSR, Listen Technologies, and Synnex for your generous and continued support in advancing the Women in AV and making us feel welcomed and important!!


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~ Jennifer H. Willard, Founder of Women in AV
“It is rare we as WAVE have a chance to all come together and this exciting event is YOUR NIGHT to say hello to old friends and make new ones. We are thrilled to again honor one amazing award recipient with the 2015 Women in AV Mentoring Award for their outstanding achievements in advancing women with our AV industry! The incredible support of our sponsors makes it possible to continue helping women advance and be recognized for their accomplishments and value they bring to the AV industry remaining relevant and successful.”

Immediately following, we’ll join NSCA and our favorite Drunk Unkles Concert as they Rise From the Swamp at BB King’s and really get to see real Rockstars of AV as they jam live, toast often, and raise the roof all in support of offering and growing education to all AV industry professionals. Drunk Unks concert details here.

Questions about Women in AV Reception, email

See you there WAVE!! 




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