PCMA Ascent

Promoting Inclusion & Diversity in the Business Events Industry

 

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WHAT IS ASCENT?

  • Ascent is an initiative by PCMA to promote inclusion and diversity across the business events industry.
  • Ascent seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or disabilities to find success in our industry.
  • Ascent strives to motivate and to educate decision-makers on the business case and best practices for inclusive workplaces and events.
  • We believe that greater inclusion across the industry will foster new voices to strengthen our leadership, our businesses, and our world.
  • By working together toward inclusion and diversity within our workplaces and at the events we produce, we will enact meaningful social change.

ASCENT STORIES

PASS THE MIC

Looking to make your next business event more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming? There’s no better place to start than with your speakers. We’ve hand-picked a few who may fly under the radar in the speaker circuit but raise the bar in making events more diverse — and way more interesting.

Susan McPherson

Susan McPherson

Founder and CEO McPherson Strategies, angel investor
Ritu Bhasin

Ritu Bhasin

Consultant, speaker, author, leadership and inclusion specialist
Gina Glantz

Gina Glantz

Political strategist, founder of GenderAvenger
Paulette Brown

Paulette Brown

First African-American woman president of American Bar Association, senior partner and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Locke Lorde LLP
Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite

Political strategist, founder of GenderAvenger
Rachel Godsil

Rachel Godsil

Law professor, cofounder of the Perception Institute

The Ascent CEO Promise