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AVIXA Diversity Council's Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Maneesh Kumar, an AV Creative

By Charmaine Torruella

During Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month, the AVIXA Diversity council features Maneesh Kumar who has overcome cultural differences to become an AV thought leader.

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The Journey from Science to Tech to AV | AVIXA Spotlight with Chris Hope, CTS

Everyone has an origin story. Before Chris Hope, CTS, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Loop Lab worked to help provide youth with a pathway to a career in the AV industry, he started as a minister and eventually worked his way through science and technology. Hope shares his experiences on his journey to AV. Learn more:

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Inspiring Hope with The Loop Lab | AVIXA Spotlight

As a minister in the Greater Boston Area with a background broadcasting and science, Christopher Hope was inspired to mentor and provide a pathway to the audiovisual industry to youth who needed a helping hand to maximize their potential. Hope founded the The Loop Lab with a hopes of inspiring the next generation of technology professionals. In this interview, we talk to Christopher Hope about The Loop Lab. The Loop Lab is a BIPOC-led nonprofit social enterprise specializing in media arts internships and digital storytelling. Their mission is to empower womxn and people of color in the media arts to develop careers in AV through job training and job placement. As a multi-racial organization, The Loop Lab is committed to ending inequality and racism through digital storytelling. They are also an official sponsor for AV apprenticeships in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Learn more about The Loop Lab: https://www.thelooplab.org​ Learn more about AVIXA's diversity initiatives: https://avixa.org/diversity​ #AVIXADiversity​ #AVIXAFoundation

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | William Brown

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. William Brown joins Tim Albright to discuss how he found his way into the AV industry, his experience as a man of color during his career and more. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity​ #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Willie Franklin

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. Willie Franklin, Senior Technology Specialist at Otterbein University joins Tim Albright to discuss the process of teaching technology in higher education, his start in AV and experiences in the industry. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity #AVNation #AVNetwork #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Alesia Hendley

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. “The Smooth Factor” herself, Alesia Hendley joins Tim Albright to discuss her journey through the AV industry. We talk about her experiences as a woman of color, the challenges she has encountered during her career, and how she worked through them. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity​ #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Vanessa Calhoun

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. Diversified Director of Operations Vanessa Calhoun joins Tim Albright to talk about how she got into the AV industry. We discuss her experience as a woman of color in the industry, the need for diversity in AV, and more. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity​ #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Mike Blackman

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. Mike Blackman of Integrated Systems Europe joins Tim Albright to discuss how he found his way into the AV industry, and his role in growing ISE. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity​ #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Althea Ricketts

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. Althea Ricketts, Shure’s Associate Vice President for Global Marketing & Sales, joins Tim albright to talk about how she made her way into the AV industry, her experience as a woman of color, and more. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity​ #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Rachael Harris

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. Rachael Harris chats with Tim Albright and discusses her path into the AV industry, the bridge between theater and AV, and how she has handled race when it has come up in her journey. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Anthony Watson

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. Tim Albright sat down with Senior AV Systems Engineer for University of Southern California Anthony Watson and discuss working in higher education, his journey into the AV industry, overcoming the biases of prejudice and more. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Jasmine West

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. Meet Jasmine West, Branch Coordinator for Conference Technologies. Jasmine joins Tim Albright to discuss her journey into AV, using her experience in theater for working with AV, and her experience as a woman of color in the AV industry. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Wallace Johnson

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. Wallace Johnson is the host of our AVNation's show focused on the live event space, The LIVE Life as well as Managing Director of WLJ Consulting. Wallace joins Tim Albright to discuss his start in the AV industry, the crossover of AV and the live event space and more. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity​ #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Robert Rasberry

In observance of Black History Month, AVNation, AVNetwork and AVIXA are celebrating the many talented persons of color across the AV industry. Keep checking back for new profiles regularly. EDTech series & Assistant Director of Multimedia Services for Drexel University, Rob Rasberry, chats with Tim Albright to discuss how he got his start in AV through the higher education space, how he has dealt with race in his career & how it relates to his upbringing, the importance of diversity within the industry and more. Explore more stories from the industry at AVNation: https://avnation.tv​ Learn more about AVIXA’s diversity initiatives: http://avixa.org/diversity #AVNation​ #AVNetwork​ #AVIXA

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Meet Vijita U.G.

By Charmaine Torruella

It’s Women’s History month, and in the 2021 trend of celebrating diverse AV "overcomers" and challengers, we showcase the AV maven, Vijita U.G. of NuTech Group.

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To the Symco Inc. Team & Frank M Culotta, CTS

The #AVIXADIVERSITY & Women's Council thank you for hosting us at Boston and NYC's shows and welcoming The Loop Lab and Lincoln Tech to your network!

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And the Award Goes To….Latoya Lewis

Latoya recently shared with AVIXA that she is the inaugural individual recipient of the Event Industry Council's 2020 Social Impact Award. A career highlight to put it lightly!

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Diversity Council Spotlight - Cindy Davis

By Charmaine Torruella

Read Cindy Davis's story about being on the AVIXA Diversity Council!

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Diversity Council Spotlight - Johanna Ocampo

By Charmaine Torruella

The AVIXA Diversity council would like to Recognize & Honor our council member, Johanna Ocampo.

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Diversity Council Spotlight - Columbus Jones

By Charmaine Torruella

The AVIXA Diversity council would like to Recognize & Honor our council member, Columbus Jones.