FSR SPONSORS FIRST FEMALE CANDIDATE IN 8th Annual Cabling Skills Challenge!!!

Posted by Kelly  |  April 27, 2015, 1:10 pm

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FSR Sponsors First Female Candidate In 8th Annual Cabling Skills Challenge

Competition Held During BICSI’s 2015 Winter Conference In Orlando, FL


Woodland Park, NJ (April xx, 2015) – FSR, a leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, is proud to announce that along with the Women in BICSI group, it recently identified and sponsored Lana McAdams as the first female candidate to compete in the 8th Annual Cabling Skills Challenge held at BICSI’s 2015 Winter Conference in Orlando, FL.

The Cabling Skills Challenge features the world’s best Information and Communications Technology (ICT) installers testing their skills and knowledge as they compete for the title of Installer of the Year. The Installer of the Year is named at the Annual BICSI Awards Banquet and receives a prize of $5,000.

Competitors for the challenge are selected from a field of entrants based on qualifying criteria such as professionalism, quality of resume and work experience. Over the course of the two-day challenge, participants compete in events including copper and fiber installation; fusion splicing; firestopping; grounding and bonding; cable assembly and cable troubleshooting. Scores are based on professionalism, resume, orientation (attendance and promptness) attitude, safety, tools and equipment, attention to detail and aesthetics.

“The Cabling Skills Challenge is one of several industry events in which FSR feels it is important to show its support,” says Jan Sandri, FSR president. “The competition is a fun and friendly way for some of the best Information and Communications Technology (ICT) installers in the world to come together and show off their skills and knowledge and really put their experience to the test. As for Lana McAdams, FSR couldn’t be more proud to help sponsor the competition’s first female candidate. We hope that we continue to see more women become involved in this event.”

Other than FSR, sponsors for the candidate included BCL IT Consulting of West Chester, OH, an IT engineering firm specializing in vendor neutral information technology planning and design. BCL’s markets include: Education, Higher Education, Health Care, and Data Centers.


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: www.fsrinc.com.



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Royal Society of Medicine Hosts UK WAVE- Mon. April 20th!!

Posted by Kelly  |  April 17, 2015, 11:32 am



All our thanks! to the Royal Society of Medicine and UNICOL for sponsoring the upcoming Women in AV UK Local Chapter Meeting on Monday, April 2oth, 2015!!!  Join us WAVE!!

Our agenda for the afternoon/evening:-

  • Arrivals from 4.30pm
  • Networking & refreshments
  • 5.15pm– Introductions
  • 5.35pm – 1stpresentation – Abigail from Openingz
  • 5.50pm – 2ndpresentation – Rachel from Unicol
  • 6.15pm– tour of facility by Kevin
  • More networking, depart from 7.00pm

Should you not be able to come, please do notify Abigail Brown via text/mobile/email if possible.

Email: abigailb@imagoscansource.com /Mob: 07720 097 478


See you there!

P.S. Heads up re our next event for your diaries – 12 noon Thurs 21 May at the Business Breakthrough event, The Brewery (near Barbican), London.

Thank you to our Sponsor, The Royal Society of Medicine and UNICOL,

visit them to learn more: HERE! 


Learn more about Unicol HERE:


Women in AV UK Chapter brought to you by:

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Just Over a Week Remains, Nominate a WAVE 2015 Mentor!!!!

Posted by Kelly  |  April 15, 2015, 11:02 am

Women in AV Mentoring Award 2015

Please complete by 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, April 24, 2015
Click Here to nominate a Women in AV today!!

Women in AV (WAVE) Group Mission

WAVE establishes a multifaceted approach to educating, supporting, encouraging and inspiring women in the audiovisual industry through collaboration, research, mentoring, and networking opportunities. The Women in AV Group promote the growth and performance of women by empowering women to feel recognized, respected, productive, and important to the AV industry.

Awards Purpose

The WAVE Mentoring Awards highlight female mentors in the AV industry and the important contributions that these women have made to the mentees they have impacted. The mentoring relationships formed by Women in AV can enhance one’s professional and career development goals.
Mentorship is one of the most important determinants of a successful career, yet it is often a component of career development that, while prized by recipients, is rarely rewarded. The Women in AV place great value on mentorship, and this award was created to reward those efforts.
Nominate an AV professional who has made significant contributions to your career and life or other women in the AV industry.

Program Summary 

Each year, WAVE honors one female AV professional who has distinguished themselves within the AV industry. This award is designed to recognize one woman who is recognized as a mentor to others in the AV industry.

For the purpose of this award, mentoring is defined as the process of guiding, supporting, and promoting the training and career development of others. The key roles of a mentor include, but are not limited to providing:

1) Advising and guiding
2) Challenging and inspiring women to become engaged citizens of the world who aspire not only to achieve understanding, but also to advance the cause of social justice.
3) Advocacy and guidance in personal, organizational, and professional matters.
4) Serving as a successful role model.
5) Showing concern for women as individuals and supporting their personal development.


These awards will be given at the InfoComm Show in Orlando. The award winners should plan to attend and be recognized in front of their colleagues. Winner will be notified by May 22, 2015. The award includes:

-Award sponsored by Listen Technologies Corporation
-Recognition at InfoComm 15 NSCA/FSR/Women in AV Reception
-Recognition on the WAVE website – a feature article.

Upon receipt, applications become the property of WAVE. Applications will not be returned to applicants. Late applications will not be accepted


These awards are open to all women working in the audiovisual industry.
Nominees should have a sustained record of mentoring over time.
Nominators must be a mentee of the nominee, or colleagues who have personal knowledge of the nominee’s mentoring efforts.

Criteria for Judging 

Your nomination for an excellence in mentoring award should describe how the person who has mentored you and has been outstanding in supporting and encouraging your growth, confidence, professional, and personal development. Please share specific examples, stories and anecdotes. A nomination must include at least one reason your nominee deserves the award.

Qualities the selection committee will be looking for in a mentor, are not just what experience do they have but evidence that they are a good listener, a collaborative communicator, have practical experience not just academic experience, are articulate (to the point), honest, skilled at getting their point across i.e. not judgmental but able to suggest a solution.

Nominations are reviewed and scored on the following criteria:
1) Advising and guiding
2) Challenging and inspiring
3) Serving as a successful role model
4) Supporting mentee’s personal development
5) Summary of why the nominee should receive the award (approx 250 words)

Each of these criteria are scored individually, therefore the nomination should provide sufficient detail and/or a specific example that speaks to each of these elements.

Award Submission Requirements 

It is the nominator’s responsibility to complete all sections in the on-line Nomination Form using the guidelines set out above. Nominations that are missing required information in any of these sections will not be considered.

Nominations must be submitted electronically on-line in this format no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, April 24, 2015. We suggest that you don’t leave it until the last minute to nominate someone in case there are any issues entering your information.


All our thanks to our Sponsor, Listen Technologies!
Visit them to learn about Assistive Listening Systems and Devices at: www.listentech.com

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Join us SF/Bay Area Women in AV on Monday, April 27th!!!

Posted by Kelly  |  April 8, 2015, 3:48 pm



Are you a Women in AV(WAVE) in the SF/Bay Area? Please join us Monday, April 27th to kick off 2015 and start our local WAVE chapter with NSCA at the Integration Business Survival Conference and Showcase in Brisbane, CA!!

Register and RSVP for the Women in AV Meeting Here.

From 5-6pm, join WAVE and NSCA for an opening reception. We will hold our business meeting immediately following from 6:30-7:30pm. The event is located at the DoubleTree Hotel just outside the San Francisco Airport at 5000 Sierra Point Parkway Brisbane, CA 94005.

Our partner, NSCA, will host the WAVE event during their Integration Business Survival Conference and Showcase scheduled Monday, April 27th-Tuesday, April 28th. Conference details can be found HERE. This regional event delivers integrators with training and new product access on emerging trends and business practices in AV, security, and IT. CompTIA will provide education sessions, view the schedule here.

If you are a Women in AV, NSCA is offering reduced  registration rates of $99 to attend the 2-day conference. Call (800) 446-6722 and let them know you are a WAVE registering for the IBSC Bay Area.

Women in IT(AWIT) are more than welcome to participate in both the conference and WAVE event and we hope you can join us!!

We are excited to start off 2015 with a WAVE and develop our local initiatives for women in AV located in the SF/Bay Area. We hope you can join us!!

For questions or concerns on the WAVE event, please contact Elisabeth S. Kelson at elisabeth.kelson@cmsalter.com.


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NSCA Education Foundation Women in AV (WAVE) Business & Leadership Conference Award 2015 Application

Posted by Kelly  |  November 6, 2014, 1:05 pm

Thank you for applying for the Women in AV (WAVE) Leadership Award through the NSCA Education Foundation. The NSCA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization supporting educational initiatives focused on the future growth and stability of the commercial electronic systems industry. The goal of the NSCA Education Foundation is to ensure the future success of the commercial electronic systems industry by building the next generation of workers through continuing education and training.

Please note the deadline to nominate a Women in AV is: Thursday, January 1, 2015. Don’t wait to nominate a deserving female in the commercial AV systems integration industry today!  

You can find the nominate form here.


  • A female currently employed by an industry-recognized commercial electronic systems integration company.
  • Must be in a management or decision-making role within the company.
  • Must be a first-time attendee to the Business & Leadership Conference.
  • Must be recommended by an owner or executive of the company, if not currently in a leadership position.
  • Must provide at least one letter of recommendation. If not an owner of the company, two letters must be provided; one letter must be provided by current manager and the other from a colleague, co-worker or client. If owner of the company, only one letter is required and must be provided by a colleague, co-worker or client.
For questions or more information, please contact: kchism@nsca.org.

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