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 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.

Joshna Maharaj

Joshna Maharaj

Chef, activist
Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Smith

Consultant, author, diversity and inclusion expert
Susan McPherson

Susan McPherson

Founder and CEO McPherson Strategies, angel investor
Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson

Founder of TechWell
Courtney D. Cogburn

Courtney D. Cogburn

Assistant professor of social work at Columbia University and pioneer in the use of VR to show racism’s impact
Leah Weiss

Leah Weiss

Educator, author, consultant, speaker

ASCENT STORIES

The Ascent CEO Promise

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.

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.