The AVIXA Women’s Council has experienced a surge in the formation of local groups following this year’s InfoComm show. In just four months, the AVIXA Women’s Council has more than doubled its number of groups and now has 32 worldwide.
Local groups provide the opportunity for technology professionals to meet regularly with peers in their communities through networking, education, philanthropic causes and more. Brandy Alvarado, Marketing and Business Development Manager for Visual Solutions, and Cory Schaeffer, Director of Systems Solutions for QSC, are leading the initiative to grow the council’s local groups.
After this year’s InfoComm, many attendees of the show’s annual council breakfast took knowledge gained from the event to form their own local groups. Since its inception, the AVIXA Women’s Council has added groups across the United States and globally, including in the UK, India, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The most recent group to be added is in Denver.
Many of the local groups gather to network, learn from featured speakers and support the community. The Southern California group recently hosted a headshot photo event and collected donations of gently worn work clothes for nonprofit organization Working Wardrobes. The Pro AV industry sponsors and supports each local group, whether it’s through funding, event space or speakers.
“The idea to begin the AVIXA Women’s Council local groups program came from members and continues to be a member-driven initiative,” Amanda Eberle Boyer, Senior Director of Member Services, AVIXA, said. “As with all of AVIXA Women’s Council initiatives, everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. In the two years the local groups program has been in existence, it has been exciting to see these close-knit AV communities grow. The support, encouragement and learning opportunities are valuable for everyone who participates, no matter the stage in their career.”