Women in AV

Posted by Kelly  |  April 25, 2012, 1:56 pm

Wednesday, April 25, 1 p.m. (New York)


This webinar will focus on the fundamentals of mentoring as well as different types of mentoring, including personal, professional, business development and reverse mentoring. The panelists will discuss theoretical and real-life examples of productive mentoring techniques. The webinar will include an overview of the Women in AV (WAVE) mentoring program, slated to open to AV industry colleagues in Spring 2012. This webinar is open to all and is a pre-cursor to the WAVE mentoring Luncheon at InfoComm 2012 on Thursday, June 14 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Panelists: Steve Greenblatt, CTS, President and Owner, Control Concepts
Malissa Dillman, CTS-D, CTS-I, Training and Education Manager, Kramer Electronics
Peggy O’Keefe, Professor, New York University and Baruch College

Sponsors for Mentoring Webinar

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Women in AV (WAVE) Mentoring Awards

Posted by Kelly  |  April 14, 2012, 3:25 am

Deadline:  Friday, May 4 2012 at 5pm (PDT).


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 two female AV professionals who have distinguished themselves within the AV industry. These awards are designed to recognize two women who are recognized as mentors 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.


The awards will be  presented at the NSCA Women in AV reception held June 13th, 2012, in Las Vegas. The award winners should plan to attend and be recognized in front of their colleagues at the Reception. Winners will be notified by May 20, 2012. The award includes:

  • Award sponsored by Listen Technologies Corporation
  • Recognition at Women in AV Reception on Wednesday, June 13, 3 to 4 PM held in the NSCA Booth #C11536
  • 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. Advocacy and guidance
  4. Serving as a successful role model
  5. Supporting mentee’s personal development
  6. 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.

Awards 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 4, 2012. 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 here: Women in AV Mentor Award

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Women in AV (WAVE) Mentoring Survey

Posted by Women In AV  |  April 4, 2012, 3:39 pm

The Women in AV Mentoring Survey is live and ready for your input. This survey is intended to gather details about everyone who wants to participate, as either a mentor, a mentee, or both!! The survey will be open through Friday, April 13thhttp://womeninav.polldaddy.com/s/wave-mentoring

The plan is to gather as much information as we can about how everyone wants to be involved and we’ll then be able to match everyone with the best opportunities that work for you!

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Women in AV and AV Gents: Let’s Bake and Tweet Up to Help Those in Need!

Posted by Women In AV  |  March 20, 2012, 5:33 pm

Let’s celebrate our AV community and work together raising much needing funding for a wonderful cause, Choice Humanitarian. http://choicehumanitarian.org/ Choice Humanitarian is a Utah based non-profit that works to end poverty in third-world countries. Not only do they help with services and funding, they also provide critical resources, including AV equipment! http://choicehumanitarian.org/critical_needs.php


So, how are we going to do this?! During the 1st week of April, we invite everyone to plan and hold local Bake Sales within your company’s offices throughout the world. Pick a day or multiple days that work best for you! This is about building the strength of community in our industry, and we ask that you participate. AV Gents, you too! If you are not a baker extraordinaire yourself, have your wife, sister, mom, or even your local super market whip something delicious up for your event!! We know that many of you are masters in the kitchen. Here is your chance to show and tell.


On Friday, April 6th, 2012, we’ll have an industry-wide WAVE Tweet Up and gather in cities across the world to meet and share with each other about our Bake Sales and how much each of us and as an industry we’re able to raise in support of Choice Humanitarian’s wonderful cause.

Throughout the week, we want everyone to tweet using the hashtag #WAVE about your Bake Sales and tell us what having a strong sense of community means to your company. Share pictures, send links, tell us stories — let everyone know however and as often as you can!

Check back here soon for an official invite from your WAVE coordinator about where your local Tweet Up will be held!

Alright everyone, we know how seriously our industry loves a challenge. So, who’s in and better yet, who’s going to make the best cupcakes!!

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Women in AV (WAVE) to Offer Industry-Wide Mentoring Program

Posted by Women In AV  |  March 19, 2012, 6:33 pm

It is my honor to announce the Women in AV (WAVE) Group will be launching the first of its kind mentoring program for the AV professional community in April 2012. Over the past nine months, more than 300 women in the audiovisual (AV) industry have come together to share our stories; discuss important challenges and opportunities we face in a male-dominated industry; and celebrate our talents and the unique perspectives we contribute to our industry’s continued success and future growth. Now, we’re ready to take that sharing to a whole new level!

Mentoring is the chance to give of yourself to another professional and individual in ways you may not even know will change the course of their lives and career forever.  A mentor is defined as a wise and trusted counselor and teacher and we all have something within us we can offer each other.  In this unique time of technological changes, mentoring is multi-faceted and reaches across all generations.

There are currently four generations in our workforce, which has never occurred in our history. Each generation has unique values, priorities, assets and perspectives about what is important and makes a company thrive. Given we are undergoing a workforce transformation; we must also be assessing internally how we work together and are open to identifying and implementing our generational strengths and weaknesses.

With the advent of social technologies, we are looking to our younger generations to educate our industry on staying relevant and cutting edge in this new internet-based and AV/IT converged world we live in through reverse mentoring.  And, younger generations are seeking access and resources for learning experience and wisdom from our seasoned professionals on how to advance their professional and personal careers, especially, in a male-dominated industry.  Men, we’ll also be looking to you for your guidance and counsel as so many of you have encouraged and supported us and have a critical perspective we need to help advance women in our industry and recruit new members!

In April 2012, we’ll launch our WAVE website and one of our key focuses will be developing our mentoring program.  We will offer blogs, one-on-one connecting, webinars, education, resources and even a virtual book club!  InfoComm International has provided tremendous support to the WAVE group and we’re excited to share with you our upcoming events that will continue to provide opportunities for the development and empowerment of women in AV.

If you are interested in being a mentor or would like to know when the WAVE Mentoring Group is available, please send an email with your interests and what you want to see included in our mentoring program to womeninav@gmail.com.

And, register today for these exciting events to learn about mentoring and how to get involved!!

  • Women In AV: A World of Opportunity at InfoComm InternationalTuesday, March 27, 2012 3 p.m.-4 p.m. EDT
    InfoComm International offers a variety of ways for women to participate in the AV industry. From professional development to volunteering for standards development and committees, InfoComm provides resources and opportunities to be involved with your peers and colleagues to advance your understanding of and the future of AV.Join InfoComm International’s SVP of Membership, Duffy Wilbert, to learn and explore all the resources and opportunities InfoComm provides its members to be involved in the industry. Panelists Cory Schaeffer, SVP Listen Technologies and Jennifer H. Willard, CTS, Supervisor, AV Systems, California Administrative Office of the Courts, will share their experiences about volunteering for InfoComm and the benefits to women in our industry to get involved! Register
  • Women in AV: Mentoring Techniques | Wednesday, April 25, 2012 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT
    This webinar will focus on the fundamentals of mentoring as well as different types of mentoring, including personal, professional, business development and reverse mentoring. The panelists will discuss theoretical and real-life examples of productive mentoring techniques. The webinar will include an overview of the Women in AV (WAVE) mentoring program.  This webinar is open to all and is a pre-cursor to the WAVE Mentoring Luncheon at InfoComm 2012. Register
  • Mentoring Women in AV (WAVE), Today and in the FutureThursday, June 14, 2012 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m EDT
    Join your colleagues for an InfoComm-hosted luncheon to discuss and explore mentoring opportunities for Women in the AV (WAVE) industry.  Industry experts will share their experience and guidance for how to be both a mentor and mentee.  This interactive panel session will focus on learning about mentoring techniques, fostering an entrepreneurially environment, and the importance of reverse mentoring and why you need to implement these programs in your workplace. Register for InfoComm 2012 and this session.

We’re excited for this next step of our journey and the amazing accomplishments we’ll achieve together in 2012!!

– Jennifer H. Willard

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