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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.

Kristen Przano

Kristen Przano

Senior manager, Capital One Garage Innovation Center
Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa

Adventure racing world champion, CNN Hero, founder of Project Athena, author
Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi

Founder, president, chief hopes and dreams officer, and chief minority officer at Rent-a-Minority
Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach

Retired soccer star, advocate for pay equity and inclusion
Nadya Okamato

Nadya Okamato

Founder and executive director of PERIOD
Molly Breazeale

Molly Breazeale

Founder of AlignED and Fierce Inc. master facilitator
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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.

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