Rants & rAVes — Episode 1289: AVIXA Women’s Council Adds Christina Cruzeiro as Co-Chair

December 14, 2023

In this Steph Takeover episode of Rants & rAVes, I interview Tammy Fuqua and Christina Cruzeiro about what it is to be a woman in our industry (news flash — it’s tough). During COVID-19, the percentage of women in the AV workforce actually declined! But the AVIXA Women’s Council does great work, and to continue […]

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AV Gives Debuts STEM Initiative Partnership with Rosie Riveters

March 8, 2023

AV Gives has launched its 2023 fundraising campaign and networking initiatives in support of Rosie Riveters, a non-profit organization that empowers young girls by building personal confidence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills through hands-on, community-based STEM programs. Under the direction of co-founders Erica Carroll and Jennifer Goodyer, CTS, AV Gives’ 2023 goals share a common purpose of engaging and […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1192: The AVIXA Women’s Council Is Starting a CTS Study Group

January 5, 2023

QSC’s own (and co-chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council) Tammy Fuqua joins me on my latest videocast to talk about a study group that is open to all AVIXA members. The group will meet every other week and will collectively work on educating everyone in time to take the AVIXA CTS test at InfoComm later […]

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Zuzana Yalcin Appointed as Head of Marketing for easescreen

December 5, 2022

While women are still underrepresented in the AV and Digital Signage industry, there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of women in upper management positions. The current war for talent and the overall effort of our industry to bring in young professionals necessitate creative thinking and an open-minded approach. With a […]

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Cory Schaeffer: A Legacy of Help, A Legacy of Change

June 27, 2022

By Dan Ferrisi, Editor in Chief, Commercial Integrator As commercial AV has matured, it has become increasingly clear that ours is an industry not of technology, per se, but of people. At our best, commercial AV professionals are committed to creating experiences that tell compelling stories and leave indelible memories. In that way, the technologies […]

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Trade Show Season Is a Time to Support Diversity

June 24, 2022

rAVe [PUBS] and many other industry publications have written recently about the great work of the AVIXA Women’s Council and its partnership with Rosie Riveters. Since this has been written about in many places, I won’t rewrite everything here. There are a few points I would like to make, however. First, it is fantastic to […]

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AVIXA Women’s Council Will Reunite at InfoComm 2022 after Celebratory Return to In-person Gatherings at ISE 2022

June 3, 2022

After reuniting in person at ISE 2022 last month in Barcelona, the AVIXA Women’s Council will continue the fanfare at InfoComm 2022 in Las Vegas. On Thurs., June 9, the council will host its annual breakfast, which draws hundreds in attendance each year. The event will feature keynote speaker Melanie Spring, Chief Visionary of Confidancia, an agency built to help […]

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AVIXA Women’s Council to Host Event in Phoenix on May 23

May 22, 2022

The Phoenix Group of the AVIXA Women’s Council is set to host a local event on Monday, May 23 titled “Good Wine Ends With Good Talk”; the event will be held Level 3 Audio Visual from 4 – 6 p.m. “We’re back,” exclaimed Elizabeth Chavez, who co-leads the group with Lisa Hale. “Come meet with […]

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AVIXA Women’s Council Launches Rosie Riveters Initiative

May 12, 2022

The AVIXA Women’s Council has partnered with Rosie Riveters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization built on the premise that innovation is cultivated where experimentation is encouraged, and that failure is not in conflict with success, but a necessary and crucial part of it. Watch the video below to learn more about the AVIXA Women’s Council Rosie […]

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InfoComm 2021: Connect, Learn and Celebrate the Industry’s Resilience

November 11, 2021

InfoComm 2021 welcomed the ProAV industry back together Oct. 22-29 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. “InfoComm is the home for commerce, networking, and learning in the AV industry,” said David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, CEO of AVIXA. “It was incredible to be back in person and play host for AV professionals […]

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InfoComm 2021 Memorable Moments

November 1, 2021

Last week, #AVtweeps gathered for InfoComm 2021 in Orlando, Florida. For many, it was the first time they had seen this many of their peers in the same room since ISE 2020 in Amsterdam. We asked AV professionals to share their favorite show memories. Here’s what they had to say! What was your favorite part […]

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Sara Potecha Headlines AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast

October 29, 2021

Sara Potecha headlined the annual AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at InfoComm 2021. Potecha, a well-known author and speaker, examined how being “pressed” leads to two different roads, one where we become stressed, repressed, unimpressed and downright depressed — or one where we learn to decompress, reimagine, recover and, in time, become irrepressible. During the breakfast, […]

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Hong Kong Added to AVIXA Women’s Council Locations

October 26, 2020

The AVIXA Women’s Council, a global community for supporting and empowering women in the AV industry, is pleased to announce the addition of a new local group in Hong Kong. The AVIXA Women’s Council was formed in 2015 and today has 47 local groups around the world with more than 860 members. With the addition […]

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Sara Potecha, Author of West Point Woman, to Keynote AVIXA Women’s Council 2020 InfoComm Breakfast

March 9, 2020

The AVIXA Women’s Council, a global community for supporting and empowering women in the ProAV industry, will host its annual breakfast event at InfoComm 2020, on Thurs., June 18, with keynote speaker Sara Potecha, author of West Point Woman. “I’m always fascinated by industries where women are not the majority – where they’re going up […]

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Shure CEO Christine Schyvinck to Keynote the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at InfoComm 2019

March 6, 2019

The AVIXA Women’s Council, a global community for supporting and empowering women in the AV industry, will host its annual breakfast event at InfoComm 2019, on Thurs., June 13, with keynote speaker Christine Schyvinck, president and CEO of Shure Incorporated. At the breakfast, Schyvinck will discuss attracting and retaining women in the audiovisual and technology […]

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The AVIXA Women’s Council Will Hold Big Canadian Event in February

January 15, 2019

The AVIXA Women’s Council continues to grow, with 34 current worldwide groups and more being on-boarded in 2019. The local Toronto council was formed in May 2018 and is lead by Christina Cruzeiro of Stampede Presentation Products and Cristina Lucas of Genesis Integration. They run quarterly events for professionals in the AV / IT fields. […]

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AVIXA Women’s Council Local Groups Have Doubled Globally Since InfoComm 2018

October 15, 2018

The AVIXA Women’s Council, founded by the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, with a mission to provide a global community for supporting and empowering women in the AV industry, has experienced a surge in the formation of local groups following InfoComm 2018. In just four months, the AVIXA Women’s Council has more than doubled the […]

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On Diversity

October 8, 2018

“I’m a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are.” –Homer J. Simpson I’m with you, Mr. Simpson. Even if my ideas aren’t all crazy, I understand that as a cisgender, heterosexual, Caucasian male living in the United States of America I have just about every […]

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