Ascent: Inclusion & Diversity

Ascent strives to motivate and to educate decision-makers on the business case and best practices for inclusive workplaces and events. Learn more about this initiative.

Dan Levy’s Serious Side

A peek at what the Convening Leaders 2022 audience has in store when the Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, director, and producer and LGBTQIA+ activist takes the stage in January.

BY Michelle Russell October 20, 2021

Convening Leaders 2022 Speaker Mateo Salvatto: ‘Imagine What Any of Us Can Do’

Meet the 22-year-old entrepreneur, author, and innovator whose free app Háblalo has started a global conversation about inclusion.

BY Barbara Palmer October 15, 2021

Marriott and Howard University Address Equity in Hospitality

Beginning on Oct. 25, the Howard Hospitality Week event will bring together Howard University students and hospitality leaders.

BY Casey Gale October 13, 2021

Honoring Indigenous Peoples in Seattle

Why Visit Seattle has become more vocal about honoring its Indigenous communities and heritage.

BY Barbara Palmer October 7, 2021

Allyship and Inclusion Shouldn’t Be ‘Heavy’

The second edition of Uplifting Impact’s inclusion and allyship summit will be held virtually Oct. 4-6, with an emphasis on sparking joy.

BY Michelle Russell September 30, 2021

Telling the Stories of Underrepresented Communities

Melissa Cherry has made a career out of telling destinations’ often overlooked stories of diverse communities. In her new role with Miles Partnership, she’s using her 25 years of tourism experience to help organizations make DEI part of every conversation.

BY Casey Gale September 27, 2021

Michelle Mason Comes Full Circle

After stumbling into association management, Mason turned barriers into opportunities and used her platform to elevate others who are underrepresented. She now leads ASAE as president and CEO.

BY Curt Wagner September 20, 2021

Neurodiversity in the Workplace — and at Events

Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., spoke with Convene about how the Stanford Neurodiversity Project is helping to make workplace experiences more accessible for neurodiverse individuals, and how meetings can do the same. 

BY Casey Gale September 17, 2021

How Diversity and Inclusion Changed Microsoft for the Better

Since 2015, Microsoft has hired more than 150 neurodiverse individuals to work full-time at the technology corporation.

BY Casey Gale September 16, 2021

In a Brand-New Role, Sonya Bradley Looks to ‘Make a Bit of a Mark’

As Visit Sacramento’s chief of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Sonya Bradley is applying her marketing and communications background at the bureau she has served for 19 years to social justice issues — locally and more broadly.

BY Michelle Russell September 15, 2021

How Planners Are — and Aren’t — Approaching the Non-Binary Gender Question

Spoiler alert: Most event organizers say they don’t ask about gender on their event registration forms, but a study examining attitudes toward non-binary gender identification indicates that’s a missed opportunity.

BY Curt Wagner September 1, 2021

How a Database Unites Destinations Through Their Street Art

The Urban Art Mapping George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database records and maps street art with important social messages from around the world.

BY Casey Gale August 18, 2021