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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.

Leigh Stringer

Leigh Stringer

LEED AP, workplace strategist for EYP, author
Jodi Bondi Norgaard

Jodi Bondi Norgaard

Consultant, with JB Norgaard Enterprises, founder and creator Go! Go! Sports Girls
Gina Glantz

Gina Glantz

Political strategist, founder of GenderAvenger
Linal Harris

Linal Harris

Founder and principal coach, Insights 4 Life Coaching, LLC
Molly Breazeale

Molly Breazeale

Founder of AlignED and Fierce Inc. master facilitator
Laurel Bellows

Laurel Bellows

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

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.