This blog post is reprinted with permission from rAVe [Publications].
When I walked into the San Francisco Library this past Saturday, I was ready-to-go and excited to pour through every periodical, microfiche, encyclopedia and card catalog available to learn about the history of womens accomplishments and success in the AV industry.
Theres Adele de Berri, founder of Da-Lite and inventor of the silver projection screen; there have been three female presidents of what we know today as InfoComm International; women have contributed to film and movies since the silent film era. As I explained to the staff I was researching the history of Women in AV, everyone enthusiastically went out of his or her way to scour resources and point me in new directions where I may have found data. Fantastic, I thought. If anyone knows how to find facts, its librarians!
That’s why I left the library more optimistic and inspired about what the future holds for professional women in the audiovisual industry. We are standing on the doorway of a fresh journey and adventure to collectively celebrate, support and learn about the amazing successes and challenges we’ll all face and be proud of each other and ourselves for many years to come. I know the information is there, it just may be up to us to discover and bring it to the foreground.
What’s certain is what we may lack in numbers, we more than make up for in achievement and success across our industry. In less than four weeks, our LinkedIn group is 84 members strong and we ARE business owners and executives, consultants, editors, engineers, manufacturers, pioneers and award winners. We span the entire globe and touch every sector — publishing, product development, sales and marketing, customer service, design, sustainable technologies, and more.
Our LinkedIn group has arrived, ladies! We just need you to share your passion and desire for everything AV. Our journey starts here: http://lnkd.in/gAzu3W
A special thank you to Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Pubs, for publishing our first article. You wouldnt be reading this were it not for Gary. Were incredibly fortunate for the men in our industry who encourage and support our efforts.