About Sanj Surati
Channels contributed to:Conferencing & Collaboration Content Production and Streaming Digital Signage Learning Solutions
Rooms participated in:Technology Managers' Forum ISE
This was one of my favorite sessions at ISE. I loved how @Iffat Chaudhry and @Kiel Hillier didn't shy away from the hard conversations. Our business and personal lives intersect so often, so navigating that is tricky for everyone. As a leader who also happens to be a woman, I appreciate being able to acknowledge that there are still situations where women are made to feel less than (or worse, in danger), and also recognize that it's not always as easily solved as a woman "standing up for herself." The amazing @Alesia Hendley said something incredible last year at #InfoComm - every step can be a step in the right direction, no matter how small. There is no end to this journey of betterment, so there should never be an end to our conversations about how to be the best leaders we can be.
🙌 It was great!
Exploring new and emerging technologies is the natural evolution of understanding where human behaviour will change. This discussion will be a great one to explore. I am very excited for this conversation.
Thanks for hosting SANJ. So many important issues and challenges. In no particular order:
- Not on the people side per se, but important: Margins/commoditization in AV. Many AV customers can just buy a simple collaboration stack on their own, so how to convince them that there is so much more to AV and experiential and production, and more.
- “Back to the Office” is only about half way there (for knowledge workers in the U.S.– I don’t have stats on other regions… does anyone here?). How do we support messaging that shows how the ideal office is not what many think, but empowers people to new levels wherever they are – but with an emphasis on new generation offices not WFH. Recent research says that people want to return to the office, but only to one that is not 2019-level but much more– and our industry has the tools to build those offices.
- Labor shortages (for lack of a better term) in AV: How do we better attract talent to our industry, and keep them here? Broaden the reach, to be more inclusive; Then broaden opportunity for advancement and mentoring and more, both at trade conferences and throughout the year– that last part is the huge challenge: we of course want people coming in person to the Trade events, but DEI is very much about reaching out to people, not just waiting for them to come to you… AVIXA is doing a great job but the challenge is still a big one and more hands are needed on deck.
These are really great questions @David Keene We'll put them on the list for sure. I agree with you regarding the labor shortages in this wonderful and vibrant industry. How do we attract more new and excited talent? Let's see how the discussion pan out in a few weeks.