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 womeninav@gmail.com

See you there WAVE!! 




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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:


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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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