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.

Toward Healthier Juneteenths

Wellness fairs and events addressing health inequities and access to health care in Black communities are increasingly being woven into Juneteenth celebrations in destinations across the United States.

BY Barbara Palmer June 14, 2024

Making Space for Makers in Portland

Portland’s My People’s Market has created opportunities for local makers and entrepreneurs who need a platform — and the events, tourism, and hospitality industries are a part of the mix.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 12, 2024

Events Industry Veteran Reflects on 40-Year Career

Carolyn Pund is retiring from her job in global strategic meetings and digital events management at Cisco Systems, but plans to stay involved in the industry that has given her so much — and to do what she can to contribute to what is yet ahead.

BY Michelle Russell June 10, 2024

Discovering Indigenous Culture Through Crafts and Stories

Marc Forgette, founder of Makatew Workshops, uses Indigenous crafting sessions at meetings and events to help participants focus on the story he shares about his Indigenous heritage.

BY Casey Gale June 10, 2024

5 Ways to Move the Dial on Women’s Leadership in the Business Events Industry

A comprehensive look at why gender disparities persist in senior leadership roles in the business events industry — and ideas for how the global industry can create change.

BY Barbara Palmer May 15, 2024

Filling in Staffing Gaps With the Right Talent

A new initiative in Boston aims to solve two problems at once: the shortage of highly qualified professionals in the hospitality industry and the lack of diversity in managerial and senior leadership roles.

BY Barbara Palmer May 6, 2024

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

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