Diversity Council at InfoComm Orlando

David Keene, June 5, 2023 – The AVIXA Diversity Council’s mission statement is pretty straightforward: “to encourage inclusion and promote human, cultural, and systemic diversity in all forms within the commercial audiovisual industry through the utilization of professional networking, educational opportunities, leadership development, and community awareness.” Having joined the Council last year, I can say that there are so many talented people on this council, and the leadership is amazing: some of the industry’s rising stars from some of our best companies. (Crestron, Audinate, Shure, Bloomberg, Exertis/Almo, to name just a few…)

The mission is a much needed one in this tech industry, where a few years ago diversity was sorely lacking at the top, at events, in educational sessions, despite the increasingly changing nature of the marketplace itself. Fast forward to today, the Diversity Council has been doing great things, important, fun, and all of them involving networking in person or virtually. One of the live-streamed events late last year was about cooking. As in show us your best. Amazing event, and attended by hundreds. And a recent webinar on Allyship was attended by over 500 AVIXA community members.

There’s no better place than InfoComm 2023 in Orlando to meet some of the folks involved in the AVIXA Diversity Council, if you don’t know them already. My tip on how to do that: go back to your InfoComm registration page. Then search out the topic, and sign up for events. And don’t overlook this one: on Wednesday June 24th, 2:30pm: the Diversity Council Meet-up in room W206C (and that room is not in Siberia, it’s in the Convention center, right near the main entrance to the show).

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