Ascent: Inclusion & Diversity
Making Allyship Part of the Program
Unfortunately, as in-person events have resumed, so has toxic behavior. An expert shares blind spots at meetings and opportunities for solutions.
Why Person-First Language Matters
A recent medical conference on obesity in Dublin, Ireland, reinforces the importance of using person-first language when referring to people living with an illness or disability.
5 Ways to Make Social Media Messages More Inclusive
Inclusive event design doesn’t stop — or start — with the event itself. Organizations and event marketers should practice it on social media, too.
SocialOffset: An Alternative to Destination Boycotts
The new initiative enables groups meeting in destinations whose policies don’t align with their values to offset their spending in that state by supporting charities that do.
Maximizing Minority-Owned Brands
A new training and mentorship program in the F&B sector of consumer packed goods is helping entrepreneurs of color gain access to — and find success at — industry trade shows.
There’s No Shortage of Black Speakers
Two resources — Black Speakers Collection and Black Executives Collection — continue to grow. Here’s an update to a story we published in December 2021 about the directories.
Recovering the Cuisine of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous chefs are using restaurants and special events to tell the mostly unknown story about Native food in America.
New PCMA Board Chair Focuses on Inclusivity, Sustainability, and Development of Future Leaders
Desirée Knight, chair of PCMA’s 2023 Board of Directors and Trustees, talks about her goals during her term and the challenges facing the events industry.
Looking Inward at Our Biases
Inclusive leadership expert Melissa Majors’ three steps to follow to mindfully mitigate your own biases.
How Diversity in Design Collaborative is Working to Bring Equity to Design Industry
Black designers are coming together to address the lack of Black representation in the design industry, and the events industry is part of that effort.
Will New Salary Transparency Laws Help Solve Pay Inequity?
New legislation around the country requires employers to disclose compensation at various points in the hiring process, which is prompting employers to take bigger steps in what many say is a crucial strategy in achieving greater pay equity for all.
Creating an Equitable Event Experience for Attendees of All Abilities
What the Raleigh Convention Center learned hosting the 2022 LEAD Conference, an event for — and by — experts in arts and accessibility, and what planners can learn from it, too.