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.

What Job Skills Will You Need in 2020?

As technology disrupts industries, the demand for soft skills — including creativity and emotional intelligence — is growing fast.

BY Barbara Palmer June 18, 2018

PCMA Convene Quiz: Are you a “workaholic”?

Studies have suggested about 10 percent of the average population are workaholics. Depending on the context, the term “workaholic” can have many connotations. While some proudly identify as being a workaholic and equate the designation with a solid work ethic, others may view the term negatively as it may indicate prioritizing work above all else. Take this quick quiz to see which camp you fall into and learn why both sides may be right.

June 15, 2018

Suggest Someone For The Ascent Spotlight

The PCMA-Convene Ascent initiative is creating a video series featuring individuals with stories to tell about inclusion and empowerment in the business events industry.

BY Cristi Kempf June 6, 2018

Paying Her Dues, Building Her Toolbox, and Climbing the Ladder

Lanette Myers, CMP, the executive director of catering, conventions and events at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, weighs in on the demands and rewards of working in F&B.

BY Corin Hirsch June 1, 2018

How to Make Your Conference Welcoming to All

Honest feedback from some attendees on how they felt less than part of the community at Risk Management Society’s 2017 conference led to new inclusivity initiatives at this year’s event.

BY Casey Gale May 31, 2018

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Unbiased?

Short answer: Yes. But machine learning is only as good as the data it’s based on. And that’s where it gets challenging.

BY Casey Gale May 29, 2018

What Kind of Diversity Unlocks Innovation?

Adopting a multidimensional view of diversity will accelerate your organization’s success, according to Women in Innovation Forum NY speaker Laura Sherbin.

BY Jasmine Zhu May 22, 2018

‘The Future Belongs to Women’ + 3 Other Work Mega-Trends

The World Economic Forum has identified four mega-trends for the future of work, and they raise the bar for the events industry.

BY Michelle Russell May 16, 2018

PCMA President & CEO Sherrif Karamat Launches Ascent CEO Promise

As part of an ongoing effort to promote diversity and inclusivity across the events industry, PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE, on Monday launched the Ascent CEO Promise during IMEX Frankfurt. The promise asks CEOs to commit to embracing a culture of inclusiveness in their organizations and events.

May 14, 2018

Inclusivity Helps Destinations Prosper

A recent report by the Urban Institute identifies U.S. cities whose economic growth corresponded with the inclusion of low-income residents and communities of color.

BY Michelle Russell May 1, 2018

Diversity, Inclusion, and Intersectionality

How can we distinguish between those three goals for the best possible outcome at business events?

BY Michelle Russell May 1, 2018

Inclusivity Helps Destinations Prosper

A recent report by the Urban Institute identifies U.S. cities whose economic growth corresponded with the inclusion of low-income residents and communities of color.

BY Michelle Russell May 1, 2018

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