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

Ascent Webinar: How to Enact Change in Your Organization
The need for real diversity and inclusion is clear - but HOW do we make it happen? For some organizations, only small changes are needed to encapsulate the true meaning of diversity and inclusion, but for others, massive steps need to be taken. Reed Exhibitions appointed Ron Walden as their ...
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Ascent Webinar: How to Enact Change in Your Organization

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Ascent Webinar: Prioritizing Inclusion at Your Events
Every event is planned with the utmost attention to detail and with the intention of making all feel welcome. PCMA has compiled of team of experts from the industry to discuss how to ensure that your attendees feel safe and welcome at all times, no matter the venue. In light ...
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Ascent Webinar: Prioritizing Inclusion at Your Events

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Ascent Webinar:  In Need of a Change: Understanding Perspectives to Lead
Through meetings and events, we are always striving to include as many different perspectives as we can to expand our education and satisfy our audiences. With the industry growing throughout the years and perspectives differing per generation, how do we expect everyone to open their minds and possibly shift their ...
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Ascent Webinar: In Need of a Change: Understanding Perspectives to Lead

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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.

Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter

CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Ayesha Khanna

Ayesha Khanna

CEO of ADDO AI, AI expert, author
Clara Shih

Clara Shih

CEO and founder of Hearsay Systems
Samantha Skey

Samantha Skey

CEO at SHE Media
Joshna Maharaj

Joshna Maharaj

Chef, activist
Laurel Bellows

Laurel Bellows

Lawyer, former president of the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association

ASCENT LUMINARIES

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