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


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Women in AV and NSCA Partner To Offer WAVE BLC Scholarship

Posted by Kelly  |  June 27, 2014, 4:43 pm

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

About Women in AV (WAVE) and NSCA’s Business & Leadership Conference

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.

NSCA’s Business & Leadership is the only industry-specific business conference where owners, executives and managers of commercial electronic systems companies meet to discuss common obstacles, challenges and opportunities.

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.



  • 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 2015 Business & Leadership Conference.
  • Must be recommended by the owner or president of the company, if not currently in that position.
  • Must provide at least one letter of recommendation. If not the owner of 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.

Application Procedures

  • The application must be filled out completely to be considered for the award.
  • Include letter(s) of recommendation(s) from employer, manager, colleague co-worker or client on company letterhead.
  • All incomplete applications will be returned unprocessed; there are no exceptions for late or incomplete applications.
  • Applications must be received by January 1, 2015.


Selection Process

Awards will be given on a competitive basis to qualified applicants. The Women in AV judging panel will select the award winner based upon the following: presentation of application, work experience and strength of letters of recommendation. Applications and supporting documentation become property of the NSCA Education Foundation and will not be returned to the applicant.

Award Procedures

  • Applicants will be notified of their award status no later than January 16, 2015.
  • The award will be distributed once an acknowledgment or thank-you letter has been received from the recipient.
  • Award will cover the registration fee to attend NSCA’s BLC 2015 in Tampa, FL, February 26 – 28, 2015.  Travel and accommodations expenses will be the responsibility of the award winner.


Send completed application and supporting documents:

NSCA Education Foundation

3950 River Ridge Drive NE, Suite B

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Attn: Katie Chism


OR by email to


     Women in AV (WAVE) Leadership Award Application




Name: _____________________________________________________________________

First                                  Middle                                        Last


Address: ___________________________________________________________________

Street Address



City                                      State/Province/Country             ZIP/Postal Code


Phone Number: (_____)_____________  E-mail: ____________________________________



Employer Name: ___________________________________________________________


Position: __________________________________      Years at Company: _____________


Employer Address: ___________________________________________________________



City                                      State/Province/Country             ZIP/Postal Code




List experience in electronic systems industry or related areas (if any):












Why do you want to attend BLC? __________________________________________________









What do you hope to gain by attending BLC? ________________________________________











Two letters of recommendation from your employer, co-worker, previous employer or former co-worker on company letterhead.



NSCA Education Foundation

3950 River Ridge Dr NE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Attn: Katie Chism





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Women in AV Honors Theresa Hahn with the 2014 Mentor Award!

Posted by Kelly  |  June 18, 2014, 7:40 pm

/ 18 June 2014 / — 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 Theresa Hahn, Director of Marketing & Business Development of Verrex, has been selected to receive WAVE’s 2014 Mentoring Award. The award will be presented at the NSCA/FSR/Exhibit One/Synnex Women in AV Reception, Wednesday, June 18th from 6:30-8:00PM at Vinyl  in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Whether as an employee, or a member of WAVE, Theresa has a ceaseless energy to serve others through her quiet yet confident leadership,” explained Nominee Thomas Berry, Jr., President & CEO in the AV industry. “I take great pleasure in giving employees the opportunity to participate in the industry, especially WAVE.  It is a chance to blossom among so many talented folks. Theresa gets involved and encourages others to make the time and effort, understanding the long term benefits that women will gain. You can’t teach that kind of leadership.”














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 Theresa 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 achiever and an example of how rewarding it is to support and uplift others.  She has given selflessly so much and I love that she is being recognized for it with this 2014 award.  It’s nice to put a spotlight on her and all of her efforts.”

“I am sincerely grateful that an organization like Women in AV exists, and that it thrives on core tenets of mentoring and goodwill,” said Hahn. “I have met so many brilliant and dedicated women and men through WAVE; I am humbled to receive the 2014 Mentor Award. Leaders like Tom, Cory & so many others, who recognize the value of providing women with encouragement, inspiration, and the opportunity to grow through WAVE as well as their own organizations, strengthens our industry as a whole.”


About WAVE

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 promotes the growth and performance of women by empowering women to feel recognized, respected, productive, and important to the AV industry. For more information visit

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2014 Women in AV Mentor Award

Posted by Kelly  |  April 21, 2014, 5:36 pm

Please complete by 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, May 16, 2014.


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 Las Vegas. The award winners should plan to attend and be recognized in front of their colleagues. Winner will be notified by May 30, 2014. The award includes:

-Award sponsored by Listen Technologies Corporation
-Recognition at NSCA/Women in AV Reception Wednesday, June 18th from 6-8:00pm PDT
-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, May 16, 2014. We suggest that you don’t leave it until the last minute to nominate someone in case there are any issues entering your information.

Nominate a Women in AV Here!

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Women Are Not Tire Treads

Posted by Kelly  |  August 13, 2013, 5:01 pm

The Women in AV had another amazing year at InfoComm13 and we saw record numbers again for our sold-out luncheon and reception.  In fact, the reception was so hugely popular, we actually maxed out the capacity of our space and people were spilling outside into the lobby area!  As always, we are so grateful to our partners and sponsors for making everything possible for the Women in AV and their support is truly a testament to how much our industry welcomes and encourages women to pursue a career in AV.

It is not hard to be hugely positive about WAVE when you think about all we do together and the amazing success we have created over the past two years.  Just at InfoComm13, Chair Theresa Hahn launched our WAVE Local Chapters Initiative that will kick off over the remainder of 2013.  This opportunity will create regional and local networking and mentoring opportunities to meet women on a more frequent basis.  If you are interested in getting involved and learning more about the program, contact Theresa at  And, stay tuned for InfoComm’s AV Week in October 2013, where the leaders of chapters will introduce the Local Chapter Handbook so you can start a chapter of your own!

With all that said, I’d be lying if I said there haven’t been challenges and struggles along the way.  The fact that WAVE exists is because we represent less than 20% of our industry and women can often feel alone and isolated over the course of their career.  Whether you are a man or woman, look around the next time you are in a staff meeting, training, or at a conference. Do you notice there are typically one or two women for every five to six men you see?

So, as much as I want us to focus on the positive and continually look to all we have and will achieve, it would be a disservice and frankly a lie, if we didn’t also tackle the very difficult struggles we as women, and, an industry are facing in how to support women taking on more leadership roles and getting involved.  As well as, the image and message we send out there about how women can expect to be treated when they come to our trade.

As the founder of Women in AV, I personally have had two separate occasions where men have tried to get me fired from my job or turn me into one of our associations with complaints.

The first one filed a complaint with my company because I called him out for his misogynistic language trying to disparage and defame rAVe Pubs female staff and then WAVE in his publication.  The second one I repeatedly asked in private, and, then publicly when that didn’t work, to please back off of WAVE — as it was making me entirely uncomfortable.  This person then tried to turn me into one of our trade associations because of my “demands”.

Neither situation went anywhere because — it’s RIDICULOUS.  But, each instance was incredibly stressful, lasted for over a month, and demonstrated the extent to which some will try to silence a woman when she stands up for other women and herself.  It is part of the “job” I signed up for when I founded WAVE.

However, I can’t imagine nor want to consider how many other women may have or will encounter a similar type of situation.  I take it as my personal responsibility the way I respond to these situations as to how a WAVE is treated.  It is a reflection of every woman in our industry and what they may expect to encounter.

You may know of the term “boothbabes”.  In short, it is a model that has historically been hired for a tradeshow to dress provocatively to draw guys in to generate sales.  We all know this was very common practice and has become increasingly controversial as to whether these practices inhibit women from being taken seriously.  This also extends to our advertisements and other print or social media.

This is a very serious issue and one I think we tend to ignore.  Until, something egregious comes across our radar and we are forced to address it.  Such was the case recently, when a fellow WAVE brought to my attention an advertisement she had come across in a August 2013 edition of an industry publication.  Now, think about it. Here is a female Gold Crestron programmer in AV reading a publication in which she is excited to see all the newest updates on products in our industry.  And, this is what she flips to:

Let me just say.  My intention in bringing up this kind of stuff is never to want someone to end up in “AV Purgatory.”  We all have been in the place before where we thought, “this sounds like a great idea” OR truly measured and determined the market share we’ll  gain far outweighs any type of backlash it may receive.  Fair enough.  I can respect either of those philosophies.  As long as you own it.

And, I can say that I reached out to IAVI and they immediately returned my call the next morning.  We had a respectful conversation and I appreciated the opportunity to share my concerns, as well, I hope and appreciate the opportunity to hear where they were coming from in terms of their concept. They distribute outside FL — got it.

And, that is what I don’t really understand.  The idea is to sell and show the breadth and depth of IAVI’s distribution.  Totally cool and I even really like the catch phrase. And, when I first saw the ad, I immediately went to their website to get some background.  I can say I was incredibly impressed with the number of manufacturers they represent and their company.  That is where it gets confusing for me.

Why would someone need to bring in a woman who is so obviously sexualized to, essentially downgrade the professional and extensive reach of their company.  Why, does it seem like a good idea to trade off all that you offer customers for a dirty “peep show”?

Let alone as I have said before.  Why is it, if you can’t hang this up in your office without a visit from HR — is it acceptable to put in a trade magazine or on a show floor?  Where is the review process?

And, let’s not jump to conclusions. It may have very well been a woman who approved this.  Regardless, why are we still at a place where this is message we want to portray about women, generally speaking?  And, what about the publishers who approve of running this type of “ad”?

Obviously, as a woman I am more sensitive to this than most men.  But, I am heartened to see more and more men raising their voices against the lame excuse “sex sells”.  It not only lowers the bar for our entire industry, but, it is now at the point where it is widely questioned what is wrong with your products or services if you need to take it to these types of extreme measures.

And, this is not only the time I have seen it — or the last I am sure.  Here are some reputable and award-winning companies’ photos from InfoComm13.  Can we do better?

Crestron Party Pre-Show:

Award Winning Digital Key Display:

Stampede’s Girls:

Again, my purpose is to raise awareness of the discomfort and discouragement this creates for woman so we can do better and move on.  That said, for anyone who will continue to downplay and repeat offend like CEA’s Gary Shapiro in 2012 and 2013.  Well… you can expect we will  continue to raise it every time it comes up.

Women are not Tire Treads for anyone to ride on when selling a product.

~Jennifer H. Willard, CTS


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