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    Women in Tech

    Unique barriers women face in pursuing careers in the audiovisual industry and how they overcome them

    MAY 13, 2021 • 1:00 PM EST

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      Hear three leading women share their insights on working in the audiovisual industry

      In 2020, the organization “Women in AV or WAVE” did a study highlighting women in tech. This study is the first of its kind, and very timely as we are seeing more and more women enter the live events and audiovisual industry.

      As in-person events start coming back, we talk to some industry veterans about being a woman in the tech industry. Some of the topics we will address are:

      • Unique barriers women face in pursuing careers in tech and ideas on how to overcome them
      • Ideas on how to quickly earn respect from a new crew on show site
      • The value of a women’s perspective in the industry
      • Insights on how to provide women with more opportunity in leadership, career advancement, and technical training
      • How to develop focused efforts aimed towards recruiting more women to pursue careers in technology

      Our Talented Panelists

      Moderator:  Stephanie Ottavan | Partner, Capital Stage Techs | President, Door No. 3 Design, Inc.

      Stephanie is Founder and President of Door No. 3 Design, Inc. Since 2005, Stephanie has grown DN3 Design into an award-winning graphic design agency with four employees. Aside from leaping tall buildings in a single bound, Stephanie has become one of the premier Graphics Ops in the country.

      When she is not running the company and designing PPT presentations for clients, Stephanie is traveling the world gigging as a Graphics Op in General Sessions for production companies like Freeman, KATAPULT Events, and On Services.

      Stephanie has been in the industry for 20 years and is currently hired mainly for large General Sessions and Plenaries where multiple responsibilities are required including: designing and editing PPT and Keynote slides (sometimes on the fly); running multiple content computers; working with presenters on their stage delivery; and collaborating with the production crew to ensure every graphic looks great from the audience perspective – all handled with grace, confidence, and a little bit of humor.

      Wendy Cassidy | Theatrical Technician

      Wendy has worked in the entertainment industry for 34 years. She spent the first 12 years of her professional career on the road touring the US, Europe and South America with various theater touring shows. Skilled in many disciplines of the behind-the-scenes world, she has worked as an audio mixer, a carpenter, props master, lighting designer, spot op, board op, the list is varied and long. She now spends most of her time in the theater, live events or television productions.

      Wendy has been a IATSE union member since 1995. And a proud member of several Local 22 charities, founding committee member of the Stagehand Emergency Relief Fund and a trustee for over 13 years on the Education and Training Fund.

      Nicole Greene | Account Manager | Projection Presentation Technology

      Nicole started her technical career as a closed-caption editor for a television show produced in-house by a non-profit organization, SOFCC. As her skills developed in video production and direction, talent coaching, and audio and lighting design, she eventually became the Director of Media responsible for the pre-production, production, and post-production of a television show that produced 6 distinct episodes. Nicole has also produced live events featuring countless national recording artists and Grammy award winners.

      Currently, Nicole is a creative live event and video production professional, who currently works as an account manager for Projection – in-house AV at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In this role, Nicole conceptualizes, designs, and sells production services for events with 50 to more than 8,000 attendees including video production, set/backdrop design, rigging, lighting, backline, stage coordination and execution. She also works as the technical director for some of the shows in which she is responsible for management of the technical crews. With 12 years of experience in managing live events from creative concept to execution, she has come to believe the most effective productions are the result of a seamless creative-production staff relationship that manages the process from start to finish.

      Elizabeth Kavanaugh | Technologist

      Elizabeth is a hands-on technologist who started in her hometown of Boston, and now travels around the country bringing live and virtual events to life. Her expertise ranges from logistics, pre-production and technical know-how, with the goal of supporting her clients in improving upon and obtaining their vision. Her communication skills and attention to detail have helped to build and maintain many lasting customer relationships.