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.

Why Did Four Times More Women Than Men Leave the Workforce in September?

Of the 1.1 million U.S. workers who dropped out of the labor force last month, 80 percent were women. Here are some recommendations from workplace experts on how to stop the coronavirus crisis from creating a backwards slide in gender diversity.

BY Michelle Russell October 8, 2020

Ascent Webinar: How to Enact Change in Your Organization

The need for real diversity and inclusion is clear – but HOW do we make it happen? For some organizations, only small changes are needed to encapsulate the true meaning of diversity and inclusion, but for others, massive steps need to be taken. Reed Exhibitions appointed Ron Walden as their first global executive sponsor for race, and he is with us to discuss the practices Reed has put in place to hold the organization and its decision makers accountable to their plan.

BY Ron Walden September 29, 2020

5 Questions You Need to Answer to Make Your Digital Event Accessible

For those with disabilities, accessibility during a digital event is just as much of a concern as accessibility at an in-person event. Here are considerations every event professional should keep in mind to ensure their digital event is inclusive and accessible.

BY Casey Gale September 23, 2020

Racial Inequity Discussed at NCBMP’s 7th Annual State of Black Tourism Event

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) held its State of Black Tourism event virtually on Sept. 17 in partnership with the National Press Club. In his Chairman’s Address, Jason Dunn spotlighted how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black hospitality workers.

BY Casey Gale September 18, 2020

Ascent Webinar: Prioritizing Inclusion at Your Events

Every event is planned with the utmost attention to detail and with the intention of making all feel welcome. PCMA has compiled of team of experts from the industry to discuss how to ensure that your attendees feel safe and welcome at all times, no matter the venue. In light of our current climate, the panel will also discuss how to facilitate that effort for virtual experiences.

BY Derrick Johnson, II Gary Murakami Ann Garvey Richard Gray September 17, 2020

Checking in With Melvin Tennant of Meet Minneapolis

Tennant is in charge of marketing a destination where a movement was reborn. Here’s how he is leading his team through its complex challenges.

BY Barbara Palmer September 3, 2020

5 Questions About Race — Asked and Answered by Black Tourism Professionals

Black executives from seven destination marketing organizations across the country call for open dialogue about race and racism.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2020

The Freedom of Remote Work for People with Disabilities

Virtual setups — in the office and at meetings — provide many people with disabilities more opportunities to work, learn, and participate. Here are five ways to ensure your digital events are accessible for participants with special needs.

BY Casey Gale September 1, 2020

‘A Foundation of Values:’ Nightclub-Turned-Event Space Sends Message

Founders of the 74Wythe space in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood install mural celebrating New York CIty’s pandemic-time heroes, but commitment to social issues goes deeper than surface.

BY Barbara Palmer September 1, 2020

Risha Grant on Inclusion: ‘Wade Right Into Your BS’

Diversity is not a problem — it’s a strength, says entrepreneur and speaker Risha Grant. “Inclusion,” she said, “is where we suck.”

BY Barbara Palmer August 28, 2020

How Reed Exhibitions is Holding Itself Accountable for Diversity and Inclusion

Reed Exhibitions recently appointed Ron Walden, group vice president of strategic partnerships and activation of Reed Exhibitions USA, as its first global executive sponsor for race.

BY Casey Gale August 27, 2020

Do You Want to Talk About Race With Eventprofs?

The Eventsprof Book Club is hosting a discussion with events entrepreneur and diversity expert Ashanti Bentil-Dhue.

BY Barbara Palmer August 17, 2020