PCMA Ascent

Promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Business Events

  • Ascent is an initiative by PCMA and Convene to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the business events industry.
  • Ascent seeks to empower those who might have found their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or disabilities to have created unfair barriers to their 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.
  • Our CEO Promise has been signed by over 100 industry leaders. Add your name.

ASCENT RESOURCES

ON-DEMAND SESSIONS & WEBINARS

Webinar: Rolling Out the Rainbow Carpet: Creating Inclusive Events and Welcoming Destinations
How do we make our destinations and events more inclusive and welcoming? Join destination representatives and organizers who are ready to share the struggles and triumphs they’ve experienced to ignite action as we work toward a more inclusive reality for all ...

Webinar: Rolling Out the Rainbow Carpet: Creating Inclusive Events and Welcoming Destinations

Length:
00:49:12
Clock Hours:
0.75
The Business of Belonging: Creating Transformative and Inclusive Digital Events
As the business events industry constructs the future of virtual and hybrid events, one question continues to surface: How can you create the magic of an outstanding live experience digitally? ...

The Business of Belonging: Creating Transformative and Inclusive Digital Events

Length:
00:59:35
Clock Hours:
1.0
Turning Allyship into Action: Integrating Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Diversity into Business Events
Driving diversity, inclusion, and allyship involves difficult conversations and change, but that doesn’t have to be an impossible lift ...

Turning Allyship into Action: Integrating Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Diversity into Business Events

Length:
00:58:46
Clock Hours:
1.0
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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.

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera

Marvel comic book writer
Kristy Tillman

Kristy Tillman

Leader of global workplace design at Slack
Zontee Hou

Zontee Hou

Founder of Media Volery, co-leader of the Convince & Convert consulting team
Katie Martell

Katie Martell

Co-executive director of Boston Content
Barbara Seymour Giordano

Barbara Seymour Giordano

Speaker, speechwriter, presentation coach
Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs

Mayor of Stockton, California

ASCENT LUMINARIES

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

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