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.

Adrienne Readings: ‘Memorable Immersive Experiences are High on the Agenda’

Australia’s first female GM of a convention center, Adrienne Readings, shares how the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia is leveling up to meet the changing needs of groups.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst May 27, 2022

Notified Executive Allie Magyar: ‘You’re Not Confined by Your Title’

From street racing to startups, serial entrepreneur Allie Magyar shares the highs and lows that come with forging your own path.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst May 27, 2022

Convention Center VP Cheryl Swanson: ‘We All Need to Shout About This Exciting Field’

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center’s Cheryl Swanson shares her thoughts on how the pandemic has given venues the opportunity to innovate.

BY Jennifer Dienst May 20, 2022

More Women Participated in Virtual Than In-Person Events

Two separate studies reveal that online events held during the pandemic resulted in increased participation among women as both as attendees and speakers, compared to their in-person, pre-pandemic versions.

BY Michelle Russell May 17, 2022

Cynthia Serrano: ‘Creating Solutions’ at the Fort Worth Convention Center

Cynthia Serrano, general manager at Fort Worth Convention Center, shares her thoughts on leadership, challenges with staffing and labor, and the center’s upcoming expansion.

BY Jennifer Dienst May 16, 2022

Mariana Atencio on the Importance of Authentic Leadership

At CEMA Summit, award-winning Latina journalist Mariana Atencio will take what she learned about authenticity from her experiences as a reporter and apply it to leading teams in a post-COVID world.

BY Curt Wagner May 9, 2022

Experience Columbus’ Return on (Diversity) Investment

Why a diversity apprenticeship program in Columbus, Ohio, is going all in on expanding access to management positions for people of color in the hospitality, travel, and events sectors.

BY Barbara Palmer May 9, 2022

Women Leading the Way at Convention Centers: Julianne Jammers

In this sixth installment of a continuing Convene series about female leadership at event facilities, we ask Julianne Jammers to share her perspective as the executive director of SwissTech Village, Hotel and Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.

BY Jennifer Dienst May 9, 2022

Women Leading the Way at Convention Centers: T. Taubie Motlhabane at CTICC

While women outnumber male business event organizers, only a minority of women hold executive positions at the facilities that host their events. In this fifth installment of a continuing Convene series about female leadership at event facilities, we ask T. Taubie Motlhabane to share her perspective as the CEO of Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst May 2, 2022

Making Event Spaces Sensory Inclusive

The pause on face-to-face events caused by the pandemic has given venues a chance to think about welcoming returning visitors through a lens of inclusivity. The Overland Park Convention Center now accommodates individuals with sensory needs, such as those with autism, anxiety, dementia, and PTSD.

BY Casey Gale May 2, 2022

Women Leading the Way at Convention Centers: Julia Corkey

While women outnumber male business event organizers, only a minority of women hold executive positions at the facilities that host their events. In this fourth installment of a continuing Convene series about female leadership at event facilities, we ask Julia Corkey to share her perspective as the chief executive of the International Convention Centre (ICC) Belfast in Northern Ireland.

BY Jennifer Dienst April 25, 2022

‘Talent is Everywhere’ and Other Lessons in Leading DMOs During a Pandemic

Tammy Blount-Canavan reflects on what she’s learned in her role as a leadership consultant for DMOs during the pandemic, as she prepares to step into the top job at Visit Seattle.

BY Barbara Palmer April 19, 2022