Jennifer H. Willard

Jennifer Willard is an international speaker on AV design and construction in courthouses and a blogger and podcast host for rAVe [Publications]. She is also the founder of Women in AV.

How to Stay an AV Geek

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As bosses and managers, it is sometimes hard to stay up on on all the latest technology, industry news and best practices that are constantly changing the landscape of what we call AV. We all know how critical this is for our companies to stay relevant and leaders in whatever sector of the market we […]

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Is Being Nice Sexist?

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Last week, President Obama created a media stir when he publicly said that California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris is “by far, the best looking attorney general. It’s true! C’mon…” Many people had a fit saying the President was sexist and a “pig” and equally as many people said everyone should just “lighten up” and complaining about how now […]

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Next Kramer Electronics WAVE Webinar Is This Thursday

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Join us this Thursday, April 4th at 3 p.m. EDT, 12 p.m. PDT for our monthly Kramer Electronics Webinar — Under The Social Influence! Register here. We have a special guest for you. All AV Industry professionals should attend — young, seasoned, female and male! NSCA’s Executive Director Chuck Wilson will discuss his new book Under The Social Influence. It focuses […]

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Let’s Celebrate Women’s History Month!

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March is Women’s History Month and this Friday, March 8th is International Women’s Day! This marks a time when we can celebrate and honor the amazing strides women have made in gaining equal rights and also raise awareness on the continued struggle many women still face in ending poverty, violence, and unfair treatment around the world. In honor of the […]

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WAVEcast Episode 11: Executive Management Talks NSCA’s 2013 BLC

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This WAVEcast, we talk with the exective team of the National Systems Contractor’s Association (NSCA) about the 15th annual Business and Leadership Conference help in Phoenix, AZ last week. Chuck Wilson, Executive Director, Ingolf deJong, President of the Board of Directors, and Ron Pusey, Board of Director, share with us from the conference the history, highlights, and what attendees gain for their business […]

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WAVEcast Episode 10: Live from the floor of the BLC

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On today’s WAVEcast, Jennifer Willard is broadcasting from the middle of the NSCA Business Learning Conference. She get’s honest perspectives about the conference from three women attending the show: Erin Pusey – Communication Specialist, Cory Schaeffer – Co-founder and Vice President of Sales Worldwide of Listen Technologies, and Kirsten Nelson – Editor of System Contractor news. Having trouble listening to the podcast […]

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WAVEcast Episode 9: NSCA’s Business Leadership Conference

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Women in AV founder, Jennifer H. Willard, is attending and reporting from this year’s NSCA Business and Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. NSCA’s BLC is a one-of-a-kind industry conference that brings together the business owners and leaders of AV systems integration companies for 3 days of seminars, speakers, and networking with peers and colleagues about topics related to the state […]

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4K Zooms Into Super Bowl XLVII

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It’s that time of year again we are gathered around our TVs — or fully outfitted home theaters — for many of our readers to watch football’s biggest game, Super Bowl XLVII.  Regardless of whether you’re a sports fanatic or not, most everyone gets excited to watch the game.  Living in San Francisco the past seven years, I […]

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California Courts Make Bold Move

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Yesterday, the California Judicial Council, the policy making body of the California Judicial Branch, made an unprecedented and equally controversial move on the use of videoconferencing in courts. For the first time in the history of any justice system worldwide, the Council unanimously approved: The use of videoconferencing in all traffic infraction trials Adopted a […]

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CEA Fails Women, AGAIN

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Given last year’s utterly embarrassing and widely reported failure on the part of Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) president and CEO Gary Shapiro in response to being asking his opinion on “booth babes” and the subsequent backlash, I was hopeful 2013 would be a much better year. Never could I have imagined — or thought it was even […]

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Thank You 2012!

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It’s hard for me to believe this is the second time I am writing the Women in AV annual wrap-up! It still feels like yesterday when I was at InfoComm 2011 in Orlando thinking how much I would love if we had a women’s group where we could all come together and be there for each other.  Fast-forward […]

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We DID It Again, WAVE!!

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Congratulations to the AV Industry and especially the Women in AV!! Last Thursday, Dec.13th, we came together to celebrate our industry, share in the holiday spirit, and inspire each other at the first AV Holiday Party and WAVE Tweet Up.  This was actually our second annual Tweet Up, but this year we built on our […]

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The Power of AV Good

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I’ve always been so impressed with our industry and the people who are part of it. Being service-oriented by its very nature, our industry is comprised of people who just generally want to help others. But, what I’ve been witness to over the last few weeks has touched my heart profoundly and has been an […]

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Be Still My Beating Heart

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Oh My Gosh!! You have to read Joel Rollin’s blog about a Crystal Radio!! At least so SOMEONE has to help me understand what the heck that is 🙂 Seriously… Joel and I have had a lot of conversations about how we are not “Tweeters.” Meaning, neither of us feel we can say anything truly […]

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WAVEcast Episode 7: 2012 InfoComm Award Winners

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In this episode of the WAVEcast, we talk with two of the recently awarded 2012 InfoComm International Award winners. Women in AV winner Malissa Dillman of Kramer Electronics and Young AV Professional Christina Minihan of Visix Inc. share their thoughts about what it means to win their award, where we stand as women in AV, how we can help Hurricane Sandy victims and what […]

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Please Help Our AV Friends

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This morning I was catching up with posting our Women in AV demographic survey across our social media. While it is important to us and something we value, I couldn’t help but throw it all away as soon as I saw JD Systems’ post. We’ll make sure to advance women forward, but realizing the extent […]

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Who are we WAVE?!

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We are beyond thrilled to launch the very first Women in AV demographic survey —  we want to know about YOU WAVE!!  Who you are as a business professional, what are your interests in furthering your career and what types of opportunities you would like to see offered more by our WAVE group.  We’ve put […]

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AMC/DISH Settle – Now What?

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This past summer saw a clash of lawsuits between multiple satellite and content providers over carriage contracts. For background on the disputes, read my July post here. On Sunday, Oct. 20th, DISH Network and AMC/Cablevision reached a settlement in their breach of contract lawsuit that will see DISH pay $700 million to AMC and purchase […]

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WAVEcast Episode 5: Join us in Dallas For The Almo Pro E4 Tour!

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Episode 6: Recorded on September 5th, 2012 We are here for a special WAVEcast with Melody Craigmyle, Vice President of Marketing for Almo Pro A/V. We’ll discuss what you can gain from regional trade and networking events for an education and new product demonstration, as well as, meeting colleagues. rAVe founder Gary Kayye will open our show this week with his keynote at 9:00 a.m. […]

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