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EMPOWERMENT
Female Leadership
COMMANDING
THE TABLE
The second feature in our female-focused series looks at the powerful women who
serve in leadership roles, while also delving into their responsibilities as mentors.
By Amala Reddie
IN THE FIRST INSTALLMENT of our threepart
series on women in the integration
industry, we witnessed women taking a stand
to have their achievements and expertise
recognized within and outside the industry.
They also advocated for the inclusion of other
women in senior-level positions, as well as
at the grassroots level. Moreover, each of
them touched upon the relationships they've
forged with their fellow women in the AV industry.
They also explored the fact that most
of those relationships resulted from various
organizations' gatherings, as well as through
mentor-mentee connections. Indeed, having
a mentor in a historically male-dominated
industry like commercial AV can be a huge
pillar of support for women.
Continuing our celebration of the powerhouse
women in our AV industry family,
Commercial Integrator sits down with three
powerful female leaders who, in addition,
have served as inspiring mentors to the
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women in the AV workforce. This month,
we speak to Johns Hopkins University's Erin
C. Maher-Moran, QSC's Cory Schaeff er
and Listen Technologies' Maile Keone, all of
whom expound on their journey and what it
takes to command the table.
Climbing the Ranks
It seems to be common knowledge that nearly
everyone in the AV industry discovered
their career path by accident. For Maher-Moran,
multimedia services manager of the
classroom audiovisual technologies services
department at Johns Hopkins, the journey
was no diff erent. She remarks, " I started off
with a work-study job at my university where I
pushed TV carts and helped set up projectors.
At that time, I didn't realize I was the
only girl, as my university had a [substantial]
majority of males back then. " Maher-Moran
continues the story, saying that she came to
occupy her previous supervisor's position after
graduation and, eventually, found her way
to Johns Hopkins. " I've been here [at Johns
Hopkins] for about 18 years, and it has been
higher-ed AV all the way, " she exclaims.
Schaeff er, currently director of alliances
and ecosystems at QSC, also fell into the
commercial AV industry. She recalls, " In
college, I took an entry-level marketing position
at a company. I learned that marketing
was not a fi t for me personally; yet the company
was [a fi t]. And, today, the company is
called ClearOne. " During the following 13
years, Schaeff er steadily rose from the entry
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