Watch more from our newest Ascent Luminary, Gina Glantz, cofounder of GenderAvenger.

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ASCENT LUMINARIES

The Luminaries series is part of the PCMA Convene Ascent initiative, which seeks to promote inclusion and diversity across the business events industry.

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.

Pragya Agarwal

Pragya Agarwal

Creative strategist, social entrepreneur
Lisa Kay Solomon

Lisa Kay Solomon

Innovator, educator, author
Linal Harris

Linal Harris

Founder and principal coach, Insights 4 Life Coaching, LLC
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
Rania Anderson

Rania Anderson

Founder and president of The Way Women Work, executive coach, author
Janet Sperstad

Janet Sperstad

Educator, innovator

ASCENT STORIES

The Ascent CEO Promise

What is Ascent?

  • Ascent is an initiative by PCMA-Convene 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.

Do you know someone who would make a great Ascent Luminary?

Please nominate them below. We’re counting on your input to help us build the most effective and engaging inclusion and diversity program possible.