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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.

Vernā Myers

Vernā Myers

Vice president of Inclusion Strategy, Netflix
Linal Harris

Linal Harris

Founder and principal coach, Insights 4 Life Coaching, LLC
Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson

Innovation and disruption theorist
Cam Kashani

Cam Kashani

Co-founder and CEO of COACCEL
Karamo Brown

Karamo Brown

Television host, activist
Von Diaz

Von Diaz

Writer, radio producer
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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.

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.