Black Voices

Michelle Mason Comes Full Circle

After stumbling into association management, Mason turned barriers into opportunities and used her platform to elevate others who are underrepresented. She now leads ASAE as president and CEO.

BY Curt Wagner September 20, 2021

In a Brand-New Role, Sonya Bradley Looks to ‘Make a Bit of a Mark’

As Visit Sacramento’s chief of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Sonya Bradley is applying her marketing and communications background at the bureau she has served for 19 years to social justice issues — locally and more broadly.

BY Michelle Russell September 15, 2021

Dzidra Junior: ‘The Hybrid Workforce Helps With Work-life Integration’

Earlier this year, Dzidra Junior left her long-term and high-level position at MGM Resorts International for a new role at the charitable nonprofit YMCA of the Rockies. She spoke with Convene about her time in the industry and her big career move.

BY Casey Gale August 18, 2021

‘Be Yourself, and Everybody Else Can Adjust to You’

PCMA Groundbreaker Ashlee Ammons, president and co-founder of event tech company Mixtroz, on how she and her mother found funding — and their way — in a white, male-dominated industry.

BY Casey Gale July 26, 2021

Who’s in Charge of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

An HR services company found that diversity, equity, and inclusion is not anyone’s responsibility at 17 percent of nearly 400 companies it recently surveyed. PCMA EduCon Main Stage speaker Janet Stovall says it’s everyone’s responsibility — and business has the power to solve racial inequity.

BY Michelle Russell July 22, 2021

Becoming a JEDI Warrior: The Four Bs of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Events

Justice is key everywhere, but is especially important in the event industry, Tanya Gibson of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America told the EduCon 2021 audience.

BY Casey Gale July 14, 2021

Celebrating Juneteenth at Emancipation Park

President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday designating Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, a federal holiday. It marks the day when — as relayed in a story which author Clint Smith calls a “long-held myth” — a Union general stood on a balcony in Galveston, Texas, to publicly

BY Barbara Palmer June 17, 2021

Remembering George Floyd

What comes next for Meet Minneapolis, says CEO Melvin Tennant, is being built on a foundation of equity.

BY Barbara Palmer May 24, 2021

Janet Stovall on Getting Serious About Diversity and Inclusion

The PCMA EduCon Main Stage speaker says challenging companies to commit to diversity, inclusion, and equity should come with specific goals — and consequences.

BY Michelle Russell May 19, 2021

Lessons From Lifelong Learner Wanda Johnson

The path to the top doesn’t always follow a straight line. For ASPEN CEO and PCMA Groundbreaker Wanda Johnson, it’s what she did with what she learned along the way that’s made all the difference.

BY Barbara Palmer May 17, 2021

What Event Planner Morgan Prewitt Has Learned Through Events

Her fast-paced career brought Morgan Prewitt many lessons along the way, from when to say ‘no’ to recognizing that no matter how much you feel the imposter syndrome, ‘you belong here.’

BY Curt Wagner April 30, 2021

‘Never Accept a Ceiling That Someone Else Might Create for You’

After 30 years in the travel and meetings industry, Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC and a PCMA Groundbreaker, is carving a path for a new generation of leaders to follow.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 30, 2021