‘Queer Eye’ co-host and culture expert Karamo Brown to join PCMA Convening Leaders 2019


Karamo Brown, culture expert and television host for the Emmy-nominated Netflix series “Queer Eye”, will speak at PCMA’s signature annual event for the business events industry.

His session, “Know Thyself: Using Your Uniqueness to Create Success” is part of the Convening Leaders “Disrupt & Deliver” program taking place Jan. 6-9, 2019, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brown will share how he embraces and strategically utilizes the strengths of his roles as an openly gay, black, single father and psychotherapist to achieve success.

“We often get into spaces where we dull who we are because we fear being judged or not being accepted, which can create emotional and mental distress, and you have to get over that in order to achieve all you’re destined to achieve in life”, Brown said. “Bringing every bit of your identity to the forefront is the definition of diversity.”

His participation supports “Disrupt & Deliver’s” Ascent Studio, an education track focusing on diversity and inclusion. Ascent is a PCMA initiative to promote inclusion and diversity across the business events industry. It seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disabilities to find success in the industry, and strives to motivate and educate decision makers on the business case and best practices for inclusive workplaces and events.

“Our decision to create the Ascent Studio was driven by our strong belief that inclusion strengthens our businesses, industry and world”, said Sherrif Karamat, PCMA President and CEO. “In this studio, participants will learn what motivates and educates leaders and decision makers in the space of diversity, which makes Karamo Brown the perfect inspirational candidate and ambassador to offer his cultural knowledge.”

Brown began his television career on the 2004 season of MTV’s “The Real World” reality series. He founded 6in10.org, an organization addressing the mental health and self-esteem of HIV-affected individuals, and received the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. Karamo was invited by the Obama Administration to help create policies to provide after-school support to LGBTQ youth. He is an active member of the Never Again MSD gun-control movement after his Florida high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was the site of a fatal shooting in 2018.

Brown joins 2019 Convening Leaders speakers:

  • Nadya Okamoto, founder and executive director, Period.
  • Seth Godin, founder and CEO, Godin Productions.
  • Dan Sundt, president and chief experience officer, CXO Marketing.
  • Molly Breazeale, master facilitator, Fierce Inc.
  • Steve Pemberton, chief human resources officer, Globoforce.

Convening Leaders 2019 will feature nine content themes to educate and inspire attendees on latest industry issue, including diversity and inclusion; the business of events; event strategy and design; innovation; lifestyle; leadership; media; audience engagement and acquisition; and trending now, which discovers the hottest, newest and most inspiring events and entertainment insights, all aimed at inspiring and educating on the latest industry issues and hot topics so that participants leave motivated to apply learnings to their own events.

For more information on Brown’s and other sessions, visit conveningleaders.org.


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About PCMA

PCMA believes that business events can economically and socially transform communities, enterprises and individuals. As the world’s largest platform for business events strategists and their business partners, PCMA’s success is driven by a commitment to providing provocative executive level education, face-to-face networking and business intelligence to its global audience of 7,000 professionals and students.

Through its Ascent leadership initiative to promote inclusion and diversity across the business events industry and beyond, PCMA seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disabilities to find success.

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