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.

What is an 8K Crystal Ball?

Firstly, all our congratulations to our London and United Kingdom AV colleagues for an amazing showing as the 2012 Olympic host!! It’s beautiful to watch and you’ve done such an incredible job bringing the spirit and values of what the Olympics stand for to everyone across the world! With the kick-off of Bradley Wiggins winning […]

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WAVEcast Episode 4: Young WAVE!

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Episode 4: Recorded on July 20, 2012 Listen to the young Women in AV discuss what it means to be starting out in their career and what the futures holds for being a female in our industry. Jessica Spicer, AVI-SPL, Olivia Dumanovsky, Pakedge Device and Software, Molly Stillman rAVe [Publications], and Amy Fulton, Advanced AV share their thoughts and experience about everything […]

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Cable Management: What He Said

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One of the things I look forward to the most is reading rAVe [Publications] columnist LeeDistad’s articles.  I know each time I will learn something new about AV, customer relations and always walk away with a smile and chuckle for how witty he is in delivering great information. I wanted to follow-up on his most recent article about […]

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Independence is For Everyone!

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Here in the United States of America we are celebrating our Independence Day, wahooo!!  Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating; enjoy the sunshine, barbecues, and fireworks!! Most countries around the world have a national day where they celebrate being liberated from some oppressive power held over them by another.  It’s a day where people feel especially proud […]

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#InfoComm12 Was #WAVEmazing!!

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Congratulations to our entire AV industry on an incredible week of launching new products, generating new sales, and catching up with old friends and new ones atInfoComm12!! How fantastic is it for InfoComm International and our industry attendance was up with 34,268 converging on Las Vegas.  WAY TO GO everyone!!! Read rAVe [Publications] editor Sara Abrons’ article for […]

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It’s HERE!!

Normally, I agonize over my blog posts! I have this obnoxious attention to detail that makes me want to fact-check, proof-read, fact-check again, and just make sure everything is perfect before it goes live!!  (Which usually ends up backfiring and I don’t even bother with grammar because I stink at it.) That and I tend […]

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While We Are Sleeping

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It’s Memorial Day here in the United States.  This typically signifies the “unofficial” start to summer fit with all the beaches, BBQ’s, and celebrations we can pack into a 3-day weekend! Enjoy it everyone, especially, knowing we have InfoComm 2012 coming up in just a few weeks where we’ll be working our tails off for our companies […]

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Let’s Tweet Up at InfoComm2012!

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Show your support for the NSCA Education Foundation and join the Women in AV (WAVE) and rAVe [Publications] at NSCA’s Industry Charity Concert featuring the Drunk Unkles during InfoComm 2012. The Unks will perform Thursday, June 14, from 9 – 11 p.m. at Gilley’s Saloon, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd, South Las Vegas. More event details can be found on NSCA’s Facebook page! The Women in AV are honored to co-host a Tweet-Up […]

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The Wheels Came Off!

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Seeing a building go through the design and construction process is a thing of beauty. It’s simply awesome to watch what starts as a concept on a schematic drawing rise from the ground and become a high-performing environment.  In 2012, AV is a must-have and typically an extensive part of any capital construction project.  This is great […]

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Wavecast Episode 3: Women in AV: Let’s Write About It!

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On this episode of WAVEcast, we’re joined by four of our industry’s female editor-in-chief’s of AV news publication. These women are leading their sector of the AV industry which is otherwise male-dominated. Our guests Cindy Davis with EH Publishing, Sara Abrons with rAVe [Publications], Kirsten Nelson with Systems Contractor News and Healthcare AV and Margot […]

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WAVEcast Episode 2: Women, Music, and AV

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Host: Jennifer Willard, with guests: Julia Cooper and Elizabeth Schwartz. On this episode of WAVEcast, we’re joined by two of our industry’s female design engineers/programmers.  There is a small group of females in our industry who pursue the technical side of programming and AV Systems Design.  Ourr guests Julia Cooper, CTS with AVI-SPL and Elizabeth Schwartz, CTS-D with […]

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

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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 […]

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Pacific Interactive: Building the IT-Centric AV Platform

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In 2005, I had the amazing opportunity while working for Avidex Systems LLC to be introduced to Pacific Interactive (PI). Avidex was the AV Systems Integrator for the nearly 40,000 square foot renovation of the Cisco Executive Briefing Center in Milpitas, CA. The project was extensive, complex, and the audiovisual systems were state-of-the-art. Think energizing LCD panels to display […]

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Wavecast Episode 1: Women in AV and the Four Quadrants

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Host: Jennifer Willard, with guests: Johanne Belanger, AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions, Jan Sandri, FSR, Inc., and CorySchaeffer, Listen Technologies Corporation. On this inaugural Wavecast – Women in AV discuss women’s leadership, including being female in a male-dominated industry, styles of leadership, the work/life balance myth, mentoring, and how to make it in AV and life! Running time: 50:13 Podcast: Play in new window […]

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21st Century Dad!

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I’m not a parent yet, so I fully know I don’t understand the challenges associated with raising children.  Let alone teenage girls.  However, I was one once (so I completely empathize) and was also raised in a very strict, German family where the term “five figure salute” might ring a bell for some. And, where the word […]

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Why You Need To Say NOPA to SOPA.

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There’s a beautiful neighborhood in San Francisco called NOPA, North of the Pan Handle.  It’s filled with busy, creative, and the “go everywhere everyone else doesn’t” kind of mentality.  There are fundraisers at hair salons because, what better than to donate to a great cause that makes you happy too.  It’s filled with people who ride […]

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Thank You 2011

At this time of year, I always reflect on the past and what lies ahead. Like so many, I had big goals, dreams, and aspirations in 2011 and find myself wondering, how did I do, have I left the world a better place? Did I have the right priorities, am I am closer to the […]

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What’s Your Apple Pie?

I’ve had Apple Pie on my mind all week. Yep, Apple Pie! Most times that wouldn’t seem like such a thought provoking topic, heck, who doesn’t love a great Apple Pie. Case closed. If you REALLY don’t like Apple Pie, please leave a comment and tell us why. I’m so genuinely curious what there could […]

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WOW, What a WAVE!!!

Once again, the Women in AV have blown my slippers off with the power of our group to pull off an amazing feat for the AV industry!! This past week, we hosted our first WAVE Tweet-Up (they’ll be more in case your missed). It was spectacular, and, worldwide~ we might add! 10 cities across the US hosted local events […]

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Women in AV: The Tweet-Up RSVP You’ve Been Waiting For!

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This Friday, December 9, 2011 at 7pm ET, 5pm MT, 4pm PT, we’re going to create a 1st in the AV industry by getting together–across the world– for a Women in AV Tweet-Up! Whether you can attend in-person at a venue below or on Twitter wherever your travels and time zone allow– let’s meet ladies and connect with each other about ourselves, the […]

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Women in AV: Save the Date!

It has been an amazing year for the women in our industry and our Women in AV group!  Tomorrow will mark our 5 month anniversary, congratulations ladies!!!  In that short time, we’ve accomplished so many 1st’s collectively.  We’ve grown to 210 members worldwide on our LinkedIn group, launched @WomeninAV on Twitter, had our 1st InfoComm webinar with over 200 attendees, and shared so […]

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Could our Government Pull off a Conspiracy?

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Last Wednesday’s test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS) has been declared a FAIL. Over 30,000 television, satellite, and radio providers participated in the test.  But, it didn’t reach all TV or radio viewers~ some DirectTV subscribers heard a Lady Gaga’s song as the audio message(is this a joke), TV’s displayed blank screens, and radio stations […]

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InfoComm100: An AV Honor and Industry Must

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“The invisible is still invisible. Look for it and do something about it.” – Daniel Burrus I had the incredible privilege of attending this year’s InfoComm100 recently held in Portland, Oregon. Hosted by the InfoComm International Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee, it is the one annual event where the top 100 leaders and visionaries in the AV industry come together […]

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