Geena Davis to give keynote speech at Convening Leaders

Oscar-winning actor Geena Davis has joined the roster of keynote speakers at PCMA Convening Leaders, an event which, this year, has a strong emphasis on diversity and gender issues.

The Thelma and Louise star, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Accidental Tourist, has become an advocate for women and a media spokeswoman on gender issues.

Convening Leaders takes place 6-9 January at the David L. Lawrence Convention Centre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is considered the Super Bowl of the business events industry.

Also on the roster are tennis legend Billie Jean King, marketing guru Seth Godin, diversity expert Steve Pemberton and millennial entrepreneur Nadya Okamoto.

Thousands of business events professionals gather each January for education sessions and networking.  More than 100 speakers will address a wide range topics, from design thinking and audience engagement to diversity and social impact. Women represent more than half of the 2019 Convening Leaders presenters.

“We are thrilled to count Geena Davis among the powerful influencers joining us at Convening Leaders”, said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, PCMA’s President and CEO. “We sought her because she is a champion for social change, and that is paramount to PCMA.”

Davis is Chair of the Geena Davis Institute, a non-profit she founded to engage film and television creators to eliminate unconscious bias in media made for children. The institute encourages development of more female characters, aimed at creating strong role models and eliminating gender stereotypes. Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union, and is an official partner of UN Women.