June Sarpong OBE
11 Feb 2020 | 16:00 - 18:00 | Main Stage | AVIXA Add to calendar
AVIXA Diversity Council Event
Hear from June Sarpong, OBE and the first Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC, and our panelists as they share actionable ways in which attendees can promote and work towards diversity and inclusion in their organizations.

Chris Hope, Loop Lab
Sarah Joyce, AVIXA
Robin Hamerlinck, Shure

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Featuring TV broadcaster, panellist, author and diversity advocate June Sarpong as keynote speaker, this event follows a trio of successful events held in the UK in 2019, as well as at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, and in New York. The AVIXA Diversity Council is a group of AVIXA members interested in bringing together AV and integrated experience professionals from various backgrounds and cultures to facilitate a larger dialogue around initiatives of inclusion within the industry.

The AVIXA Diversity Council supports inclusion in the audiovisual industry, regularly organising events where anyone is invited to network, share motivational stories and talk about issues they may be facing. The aim is to make connections and work together to create a diverse workforce that represents the society we live in.


June Sarpong OBE
June Sarpong OBE
Broadcaster and campaigner, June Sarpong MBE, became the first ever ‘Director of Creative Diversity’ at the BBC in October 2019. As part of her role, she will develop strategies to support both on-air and production talent representation and portrayal across the BBC, its platforms and its partners, to make the BBC more inclusive and representative of the broad and diverse audience it serves.

Over a career spanning over 20-years, she has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television and has a keen interest in all matters relating to diversity.
Sarah Joyce
Sarah Joyce
Chief Global Officer
In her position as AVIXA Chief Global Officer, Sarah oversees all the association’s activities outside North America, including member services, education and certification delivery, standards adoption, government relations, and expositions. In addition, she sits on the boards of Integrated Systems Events, InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd, and TecnoMultimedia InfoComm..

Sarah served on the AVIXA Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. She organized the inaugural Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast at Integrated Systems Europe in 2015, helping establish the successful AVIXA Women’s Council, which now supports more than 32 groups around the world.

Prior to her role at AVIXA, Sarah spent 12 years at Electrosonic, most recently as Managing Director.
Kevin McLoughlin
Kevin McLoughlin
AV Manager
The Royal Society of Medicine
20+ years in the AV industry at a conference and meetings venue with experience in all aspects of professional AV including video production, video conferencing, and audio and video systems design, installation, operation and maintenance. Engaged in research and development for on-going AV upgrades and projects at the Royal Society of Medicine. Kevin is a great believer in networking and bringing the wider AV community closer together. He facilitates this as a Director of the AV User Group and actively supporting other industry groups such as AVIXA, the AV Cultural Forum, Women In AV and others.

As a member of the AVIXA Diversity Council Kevin is focussed on raising awareness of the Council's aims, specifically in the UK, organising events and conferences that promote diversity and inclusion in the AV industry. He is particularly interested in inclusivity for those who are hard of hearing and deaf, as he is completely deaf in one ear and at the RSM is working towards the 'Louder than Words' certification with Action on Hearing Loss (RNID).
Chris Hope
Chris Hope
Co-founder and Executive Director
The Loop Lab
Christopher Charles Hope, MDiv is the co-founder and executive director of The Loop Lab, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young adults of color to enter careers in the AV and media arts industries in Greater Boston. Hope received his B.A. from Tufts University, and a Masters at Harvard Divinity School. He serves on the board of advisors of the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, he is a Creative Community Fellow for the National Arts Strategies, and serves on the My Brother's Keeper Task Force for the Obama Foundation in the Cambridge Mayors office.
Hope is also an accomplished Audio-Video professional and on-air DJ with a podcast and radio broadcast called “Hip-Hope Radio,” having interviewed guests like Dr. Cornel West.
Robin R Hamerlinck
Robin R Hamerlinck
Senior Vice President of Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Shure Inc
Robin Hamerlinck is Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information
Officer at Shure Incorporated. She has been with Shure since 2007. In this role, she is responsible for all of the Company’s technology needs. This includes IT strategic planning, infrastructure development, application systems, network, operations, and security. She oversees strategic and tactical alignment, delivering system solutions and supporting engineering, manufacturing, corporate divisions, and the global sales, marketing and
service functions.

Robin has been involved in the development and expansion of global SAP-based systems,
planning, talent and leadership development, and building successful IT organizations for large and mid-sized companies. She is passionate about ensuring that her organizational goals are consistently aligned with business goals and broader company goals. She works closely with all divisions to identify opportunities, to structure, develop, and implement IT solutions that enable and deliver measurable returns to the business.

Before joining Shure, she was Chief Technology Officer at Merisant Worldwide, Inc. She has a
Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University. Robin resides in Chicago, Illinois.