AVIXA Commits to Accelerating Diverse Representation Across its Stages and Presentations

InfoComm Announces New Criteria for 2021 Call for Presenters

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 22, 2020 – As the association for AV professionals around the globe, AVIXA believes diversity, equity, and inclusivity are paramount for any industry, organization, and community to flourish. AVIXA is proud to announce it is putting a great emphasis on its search for diverse speakers to take the stage at InfoComm 2021 on June 12-18 and events throughout the year

AVIXA is dedicated to accelerating the representation of women, non-binary genders, disabled individuals, Black, Indigenous, and people of color across the industry.

“We're calling on the entire audiovisual industry to help us ensure we have full representation of voices for InfoComm 2021,” said Rochelle Richardson, CEM, Senior Vice President of Expositions and Events, AVIXA. “This is one step forward in championing a diverse and inclusive environment for speakers across all AVIXA stages and programs. Diversity will strengthen the value of our shows, our content, and the industry itself.”

InfoComm 2021’s Call for Presenters submission form will ask for speaker demographics for the first time. In addition to the InfoComm 2021 show, this year’s Call for Presenters entries will be reviewed and considered for a variety of additional speaking opportunities on various AVIXA platforms. Speaker selections will be based on the following criteria: concise objectives with actionable takeaways for attendees; a unique take on the latest trends in AV technology that will inform, inspire, and educate; and a diverse voice and point of view.

Also, to help grow the show’s group of speakers, InfoComm 2021 is introducing “pass the mic.” The concept is for industry insiders and past presenters to recommend lesser heard voices from every background across the globe to take the stage.

InfoComm 2021’s Call for Presenters is open now through Nov. 2, 2020. Visit infocommshow.org/call-for-presenters to submit a session. InfoComm 2021 is also accepting presentation submissions for manufacturers’ training. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.  

AVIXA’s commitment to diversity goes beyond InfoComm 2021. The AVIXA Foundation maintains partnerships with The Loop Lab and EnventU, non-profit organizations that seek to tackle racism and other social inequalities by providing career opportunities in the audiovisual industry. The AVIXA Foundation made donations of $5,000 this year to each organization and matched donations made by AVIXA employees.

AVIXA’s Diversity Council, which is currently made up of 278 members from around the world, will begin hosting exchange events in the new year. These forums will provide a safe environment for AV professionals to openly discuss diversity issues and learn from one another.

In addition, AVIXA will release data on the demographic makeup of the AV industry in the first quarter of 2021. This will provide a benchmark of the diversity that currently exists and will help AVIXA set goals and measure progress. 

“We know there is a lot of work to do to improve diversity in our industry, and it can’t be achieved overnight,” said David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, CEO of AVIXA. “But I can pledge to you that AVIXA is dedicated to this action and will continue to share our progress along the way.”

AVIXA® is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 11,400 enterprise and individual members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, live events companies, technology managers, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes for end users. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and is the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence, and thought leadership. Visit avixa.org.