Black Voices

Creativity Is Imperative and Wonder Is Not a Luxury

As the pandemic demands we find new ways of doing things, consultant Natalie Nixon offers a strategic and tactical map to becoming more creative.

BY Barbara Palmer October 1, 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

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

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

Tech Tools to Measure and Increase Racial and Gender Diversity

Two nonprofit initiatives have strengthened their focus to fight gendered racial inequities on conference stages and elsewhere — and lead transformation.

BY Barbara Palmer July 13, 2020

National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals’ Virtual Event Uplifts Spirits During Pandemic

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals recently hosted the Be Inspired Speaker Series: A Night at the Museum, a five-night virtual event that showcased African-American achievements through the lens of five different cultural institutions dedicated to the Black experience in America.

BY Casey Gale June 17, 2020

8 Ways to Make Your Conference More Racially Diverse

There has been a lot of talk about why all-male panels are a problem, Ruchika Tulshyan, the founder and CEO of Candour, a diversity consulting company, wrote last fall. “But less attention has been paid to how too many events also lack racial diversity.”

BY Barbara Palmer June 10, 2020

How a Racially Charged Incident Led to a Digital Event for Black Birders

A University of Georgia grad student was motivated to launch a weeklong digital event for Black birders after a video altercation went viral.

BY Michelle Russell June 3, 2020

National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals Chairman: ‘Our Nation Is at Odds’

Jason Dunn used the current historic moment of social unrest to spotlight how the economic fallout from COVID-19 has pushed off to the side the industry’s diversity efforts.

BY Michelle Russell June 2, 2020

Being Boz: The Marketing Guru on Being Authentic

Marketing superstar Bozoma Saint John said she has tried being less than her true self at work, but “it was just too hard.”

BY Barbara Palmer January 7, 2020

How Can We Create Workplaces and Events Where Diversity Thrives?

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the Metropolitan YWCA of Chicago, was the inaugural Ascent Thought Leader at Convening Leaders 2018.

BY Barbara Palmer February 12, 2018