In difficult times where unspeakable tragedies befall our great cities, I turn to a saying associated with Martin Luther King, Jr.: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
When a city’s residents or reputation are under attack, it hurts all of us. Recent events in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland underscore an important need for a world free of hatred and discrimination. As business events professionals, we understand how instrumental our industry can be in bringing together broader society to discuss complex issues.
PCMA is resolute about being inclusive and to use business events as our platform for bridging the gap of understanding. When we meet face-to-face, we begin to see eye-to-eye. We’ll continue to make diversity resources like Ascent and Pass the Mic available to the business events industry to break down any dividers that threaten to keep society apart.
Let’s celebrate culture, diversity and heritage that destinations have to offer and focus on making the world a richer place for all.
Moving forward together,
Sherrif Karamat, CAE
President & CEO, PCMA