PCMA Ascent

Promoting Inclusion & Diversity in the Business Events Industry

  • Ascent is an initiative by PCMA to promote inclusion and diversity 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:  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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Ascent Webinar: Unconscious Bias: Get Rid of the BS
Risha Grant talks about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion through the lens of humanity using terms like BS or Bias Synapse as a way to explain our brain's involvement in the processing and validation of bias ...
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Ascent Webinar: Unconscious Bias: Get Rid of the BS

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Webinar: Realistic Steps for Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
As we navigate these unprecedented social, economic and political times in America, many members of the HR and Diversity & Inclusion space are getting similar questions from leaders and professionals wondering - What should we be doing? How can we become more informed and aware? How can we better support ...
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Webinar: Realistic Steps for Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

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Welcoming Diverse Travelers with More Inclusive Events
LGBTQ+ business events attendees can still face challenges despite the best inclusion efforts of events organizers. In this session, we’ll take a closer look at the LGBTQ+ audience and how efforts including gender-neutral language and bathrooms can make all business events participants feel welcome ...
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Welcoming Diverse Travelers with More Inclusive Events

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Webinar: Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders: How to Attract, Retain and Engage Millennial and Gen Z Talent
The method by which we engage with employers and employees has fundamentally changed and at the root is organizational culture. Join New York times best-selling author, Lindsey Pollak, as she delves into millennial and gen z trends and expectations that can strategically support your organizational strategy ...
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Webinar: Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders: How to Attract, Retain and Engage Millennial and Gen Z Talent

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00:55:51
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Webinar: Welcoming Diverse Travelers with More Inclusive Events
Organizers want everyone to feel welcome at their events, but LGBTQ+ attendees face challenges that are often not understood or even addressed by the industry. In this webinar, we’ll take a closer look at the who LGBTQ+ attendees are and how their experience can inform a more inclusive welcome for ...
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Webinar: Welcoming Diverse Travelers with More Inclusive Events

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The Ascent CEO Promise

ASCENT STORIES

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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.

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
Jodi Bondi Norgaard

Jodi Bondi Norgaard

Consultant, with JB Norgaard Enterprises, founder and creator Go! Go! Sports Girls
Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite

Political strategist, founder of GenderAvenger
Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi

Founder, president, chief hopes and dreams officer, and chief minority officer at Rent-a-Minority
Gina Glantz

Gina Glantz

Political strategist, founder of GenderAvenger
Leila Hoteit

Leila Hoteit

Partner and managing director Boston Consulting Group, engineer, women’s advocate

ASCENT LUMINARIES

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