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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Not Just a Talking Point!

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Q4 Spark: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Not Just a Talking Point!


Don’t miss the Q4 Spark program taking place on Thursday, October 29, 2020! While the audience will not be meeting face-to-face, you will get the chance to virtually experience a live event fully produced from a local venue to be announced soon. The event theme, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Not Just a Talking Point!, will offer a thought-provoking session on unconscious bias, a hands-on workshop to develop the skills and language you need to mitigate biases, showcase a meaningful conversation around race, and more. If you are curious to see what a face-to-face event may look like in the near future, but from the safety of your home or office, sign up to attend Spark on October 29!


1:00-1:15 PM     Welcome Remarks

1:15-2:45 PM     Keynote: CJ Gross  – Unconscious Bias Awareness

Christopher “CJ” Gross, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Worldwide

Ascension Worldwide’s Unconscious Bias Awareness Keynote provides participants with the skills and language they need to mitigate their biases and have meaningful conversations with their colleagues, supervisors, and direct reports. Additionally, participants will develop an awareness of how first impressions can lead to biased decision making in the workplace and techniques to interrupt that process. Participants will learn practical tools they can use when making decisions about teams, promotions, hiring, and annual reviews. 

Learning Objectives:

                        • Recognize your own biases and how your background and experiences have shaped them 
                        • Understand the brain science associated with bias 
                        • Master mitigating techniques including six strategies for disrupting your biases 
                        • Apply techniques in the course to your business decisions and interpersonal interactions 
                        • Develop your social and emotional intelligence skills 

2:45-3:00 PM:   Break

3:00-4:00 PM:   The Suffragette Movement: An Intimate Conversation on African American Sororities and Their Legacies



With the National Elections right around the corner, this is a perfect opportunity to reacquaint the Capital Chapter with the history of the Women’s Suffrage movement and their continuing efforts to combat voter suppression and ensure the right to vote in the United States.  

Join us for this special engagement to hear from each of the four distinguished African American sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. This will be a dynamic conversation highlighting not only the earliest origins of their historic contributions to both women of color and women’s rights but their overall contributions to American rights. Each sorority’s legacy and history continue to be truly relevant to today’s conversations.

Moderator: Carson Edwards, Global Account Executive, Marriott International, Global Sales Team, North America


4:00-4:15 PM:   Break

4:15-5:00 PM:   Fireside Chat: An Uncomfortable Conversation About Being Black in the Meetings Industry

Join us for an intimate fireside chat to hear how Greg O’Dell, President & CEO of Events DC, has flourished in the meetings industry, some of the challenges he has faced and continues to face as a black man and how we can all work together to even the playing field for people of color and other minorities.



There is no better cause than to help a child succeed!

Bright Beginnings is a child development center for homeless children and they desperately need our help.  Please donate any items from their Amazon wish list or mail to Bright Beginnings, 3418 4th Street, SE, WDC 20032.  I know our industry village can help!

  • Underwear (up to size 6 children)
  • Diapers (especially sizes 4-6)
  • Pull-ups (4T/5T)
  • Toiletries and dental supplies
  • Gift cards (Safeway, Giant, CVS and Rite Aid for $10-$25)
  • Metro fare cards ($5-$10 per card)
  • Baby wipes
  • Sippy cups
  • Breast pumps
  • Blankets


All Access Passholders: This event is included in your pass. Your registration code will be sent once online registration opens. Contact capital@pcma.org if you have not received your discount code.

Scholarships are available, please email capital@pcma.org for details.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Tourism VancouverPMSI – Professional Marketing Services, Inc., EventEQ and Ascension Worldwide



October 29
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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PCMA Capital Chapter


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