NSCA has rebranded Ignite 2.0, the company’s committee focused on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the integration industry. The committee will now be called NSCA DEI Action Council. The committee launched in Summer 2020 and was born out of NSCA’s Ignite program, which reaches educators, students, and jobseekers to inform, educate, and foster recruitment possibilities for careers in the commercial electronics systems industry.
“The name ‘NSCA DEI Action Council’ speaks directly to our objectives,” says NSCA Executive Director Tom LeBlanc, who is also NSCA’s DEI Action Council liaison. “There should be no ambiguity. The 10 councilmembers decided to rebrand to help us build awareness of DEI and maximize the impact of the resources we’re creating for integrators.”
While maintaining the recruiting elements of Ignite, NSCA DEI Action Council expanded to focus on societal injustices and inequities as well. The committee takes on additional objectives of providing members with the foresight and knowledge needed to instill inclusivity and diversity.
The NSCA DEI Action Council aims to make a substantive impact on the integration market. Improving the industry’s diversity across age, gender, race, religion, identity, and experience is important—but it doesn’t stop there.
“As companies scramble to remain relevant and viable, we need resources and advice on how to make sure all the doors to success are open,” says Bruce Kaufmann, president and CEO at Human Circuit and an NSCA DEI Action Councilmember. “The DEI Action Council provides NSCA members with valuable information and resources to overcome potential obstacles to success.”
As an example, NSCA is also announcing a new Member Advisory Council partnership with livingHR, an agency that works with companies to make work more human for everyone by building inclusive cultures, optimizing talent, and humanizing experiences. NSCA members can participate in tiered livingHR + NSCA Exclusive Partnership Solutions to take quantitative steps toward transforming diversity, equity, and inclusion as a critical part of their company cultures.
“Many large companies employ chief diversity officers to provide DEI checks and balances within their organizations, but most NSCA members aren’t likely to budget for that,” says Mike Abernathy, NSCA’s director of business resources. “Including livingHR as a new Business Accelerator is a substantive alternative that NSCA members can more reasonably afford.”
The NSCA DEI Action Council meets biweekly to collaborate on steps and resources it can bring to the integration industry to improve DEI. Councilmembers include:
- Mike Boettcher, New Era Technology, U.S. (NSCA board president)
- Kelly Perkins, Hall Technology
- Chris Turner, New Era Technology, U.S.
- Bruce Kaufmann, Human Circuit
- Amy Blackburn, Mood Media
- Joe Perez, ClearTech
- Akin Adewole, Verrex
- Mildred Ramos, Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC
- Luis Schilling, WeInstall.IT
- Khalil Williams, Design Electronics
Those interested in staying in the loop regarding NSCA DEI Action Council resources and discussion opportunities can sign up to join our DEI Action Council Community here.