Ascent: Inclusion & Diversity
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.