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.

PCMA Visionary Awards Honor Business Events Leaders

The black-tie event closed out a busy Business Events Industry Week in Washington, D.C.

BY Curt Wagner April 14, 2024

Ensuring Live Events are Accessible to All

Accessibility consultant Austin Whitney’s love of music and music festivals led to his life’s mission to improve access at events for people with disabilities.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 11, 2024

Making Travel More Neuroinclusive

In VML Intelligence’s “The Future 100: 2024” report, one new trend spotlighted is how the travel and tourism industries are becoming more inclusive to neurodiverse travelers and attendees — but this is not a new trend for Convene.

BY Casey Gale February 16, 2024

5 Immersive Experiences That Bring Black History to Life

Here’s how to make Black history come alive for event participants, any time of year.

BY Barbara Palmer Michelle Russell February 16, 2024

A Full-Circle STEM Event

How the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists is designed to further attendees’ academic and career pursuits — from the exhibit hall to a standout closing session featuring event alumni.

BY Casey Gale February 12, 2024

Brooke Eby’s Inspiring ALS Journey: Leveraging Social Media, Humor, Events, and Company Support

When she was diagnosed with ALS, Brooke Eby turned to social media and humor to bring awareness and research funding to the disease. Her employer gave her a much bigger platform — including the Dreamforce conference stage — to share her message.

BY Barbara Palmer January 29, 2024

Why Organizations Are Choosing to Meet in Controversial Destinations

Instead of canceling their events at — or boycotting — politically polarized host destinations, organizations are choosing to show up and speak up, in a show of support.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 22, 2024

Advancing Women Leaders in the Business Events Industry

A new research project looks at the disproportionate lack of women executives in the highest positions in the business events industry.

BY Barbara Palmer January 8, 2024

Outgoing PCMA Chair on Year of Growth, New Alliances, Evolving Education

Desirée Knight reflects on her year as chair of the 2023 PCMA Board of Directors and Trustees and shares her insights about what’s next for the business events industry.

BY Casey Gale January 8, 2024

Who’s Asking Questions and Why?

Bill Reed, chief event strategy officer for the American Society of Hematology, offered insights from his research and experience on the issue of men dominating Q&A conference sessions, after listening to a Convene Podcast episode on that topic.

BY Bill Reed November 27, 2023

Making Your Events Inclusive for Neurodiverse Attendees

The CEO of an organization founded to amplify autistic voices shares how to make events more welcoming to neurodivergent people.

BY Casey Gale November 20, 2023

‘Let’s Have These Conversations’ About Civil Rights

An annual summer event produced by the Big Ten Conference for student athletes brings the United States’ civil rights history to life. 

BY Barbara Palmer November 17, 2023

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