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.

How This CVB Executive Is ‘100-percent Focused on Inclusion’

Hilina Ajakaiye draws on her experience as an immigrant — and conference organizer — to invite everyone to the table in the Boston hospitality and events industry.

BY Barbara Palmer September 28, 2022

DMOs Are Putting Accessibility on the Front Page

DMOs Visit Lauderdale and Experience Columbus have expanded their websites to make accessible restaurants, hotels, and attractions in their respective cities easier for visitors — and event organizers — to find.

BY Casey Gale September 9, 2022

Peggy Daidakis Reflects on a Long Career in Venue Management

Peggy Daidakis, executive director of the Baltimore Convention Center and the first woman to lead a U.S. convention center, will officially retire in September.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 25, 2022

OVG360’s Shura Garnett on ‘Breaking Glass Ceilings’

The senior vice president of convention centers for OVG360 reflects on her career journey and challenges during the pandemic.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 18, 2022

Overcoming Obstacles at Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex

Toni Gamez, the executive director at one of the largest convention facilities in Latin America, talks about the talent shortage and offers her best piece of advice for those considering a career in the business events industry.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 11, 2022

Number of Indigenous-led Startups Growing; ‘We are Just Getting Started’

A new initiative at the Collision tech conference is expanding the community-centered impact and influence of Indigenous-led tech companies in Canada.

BY Barbara Palmer August 4, 2022

‘A Lot of Institutional Knowledge Is Leaving the Industry’

Patricia Muzquiz Cantor, director of convention and sports facilities for the City of San Antonio, speaks to the importance of being innovative in order to attract new talent.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 3, 2022

The Talent Crisis at Convention Centers

OVG360’s Joyce Leveston reflects on three-plus decades of working in convention centers, the war on talent, and coming together during the eye of the pandemic storm.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst July 25, 2022

What Happens When Women Lead

Our series of profiles on the women who are managing the world’s convention centers highlights the strengths of women who are leading through crisis.

BY Barbara Palmer July 21, 2022

Hawai‘i Convention Center’s Teri Orton on Leadership and Overcoming Obstacles

The general manager points to Hawaiian values as a guide for getting her business through the most challenging moments — “the pandemic brought into focus the great importance of family, community, and visitors.”

BY Jennifer N. Dienst July 13, 2022

Developing a Sustainable Pipeline of Diverse Talent

The director/GM of the Raleigh Convention + Performing Arts Complex, Kerry Painter, talks about what stands in the way of achieving more equitable leadership in the industry.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst July 7, 2022

Messe Wien’s Martina Candillo on Budgets and Better Infrastructure

The director of congresses and events sees solving for higher costs as a balancing act.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 28, 2022

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