• ‘Queer Eye’ Co-Host and Culture Expert Karamo Brown to Join PCMA Convening Leaders 2019

     
    POSTED October 26, 2018
     

Karamo Brown, television host of the Emmy-nominated Netflix series “Queer Eye” and cultural expert, will speak at Convening Leaders 2019, taking place from January 6-9. His session, “Know Thyself: Using Your Uniqueness to Create Success” is part of the Convening Leaders “Disrupt & Deliver” program. Brown will share how he achieves success by embracing and utilizing the strengths of his role as an openly gay, black, psychotherapist and single father.

“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.”

Brown’s program supports “Disrupt & Deliver’s” Ascent Studio, an education track focusing on diversity and inclusion; Ascent is a PCMA initiative created to promote inclusion and diversity across the events industry. It seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disabilities to find success in the industry.

“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 joins 2019 Convening Leaders speakers Nadya Okamoto, Seth Godin, Dan Sundt, Molly Breazeale, and Steve Pemberton. The PCMA annual event will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will feature nine content themes to educate and inspire attendees. Themes include diversity and inclusion; the business of events; event strategy and design; innovation; lifestyle; leadership; media; audience engagement and acquisition; and trending now.

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