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.

‘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

Webinar: Rolling Out the Rainbow Carpet: Creating Inclusive Events and Welcoming Destinations

How do we make our destinations and events more inclusive and welcoming? Join destination representatives and organizers who are ready to share the struggles and triumphs they’ve experienced to ignite action as we work toward a more inclusive reality for all.

BY Josh Henry Chase Brunson Maria Grasso Jason Dunn Rory Archibald June 28, 2022

Mesa, Arizona — ‘The Most Accessible City in the U.S.’

Here’s how Mesa, Arizona, became the first-ever Autism Certified City. It all started with Visit Mesa CEO’s less-than-great vacation experience in another destination.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 24, 2022

Social Impact and Silver Linings Through Latin America’s Convention Centers

Grupo Heroica president and CEO Juliana López Bermudez shares how the convention industry in Latin America ‘has an extraordinary capacity for economic spillover.’

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 22, 2022

At Detroit’s Huntington Place, 3 Women Execs Carve a New Path Forward

Huntington Place in Detroit is the first U.S. convention center with women serving in the highest executive roles.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 16, 2022

Celebrating Juneteenth — and Fort Worth’s Opal Lee

Sometimes the long haul is long, said 95-year-old activist Opal Lee, who worked for four decades for the recognition of Juneteenth as a national holiday.

BY Barbara Palmer June 13, 2022

Making Shifts to Meet the Evolving Needs of Convention Groups

“Groups want options and they want to feel confident that we can accommodate them,” said Monique Wise, director of sales and marketing at Indiana Convention Center, in the latest profile from our series highlighting female leaders at event facilities.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 8, 2022

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