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Saturday, May 6 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Creating Change: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion LIMITED

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Responsible individual leaders in any sector make choices that create more equitable and inclusive organizations. For opera leaders, this means developing personal awareness about power, privilege and structural inequities to make informed programming, hiring and community engagement choices. With humble curiosity, the opera field gathers in this session to hear presentations from experts in other arts disciplines and sectors who have made strides to improve equity within organizations and their communities. Following these lightning talks, opera practitioners who have demonstrated leadership in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) respond and give voice to the steps that the opera field can take.

Moderators
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Roberto Bedoya

Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Oakland
Roberto Bedoya has consistently supported art-based civic engagement projects and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career. He is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland. Prior to his appointment he was the executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC), where he established the innovative P.L.A.C.E (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative that supported engagement projects in Tucson, Arizona... Read More →

Speakers
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Zenetta Drew

Executive Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Ms. Drew has been with Dallas Black Dance Theatre since 1987 and has seen the company grow dramatically over her tenure from an annual operating budget of $175,000 to over $4.9 million. The company’s yearly services have grown from 30 to over 600 with national and international venues and audience growth has increased from 20,000 to 150,000 annually. To date, the company has performed in 31 states, 15 countries and on 5 continents and two Cultural Olympiads. Select Awards: 2016 Texas... Read More →
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Brandon Gryde

Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
Brandon represents the opera field in front of Congress, the White House and Federal agencies, working on a range of issues that include support for the NEA and Arts in Education programs, tax policy for nonprofits, and international exchanges issues. He previously served as Comm... Read More →
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Cayenne Harris

Lyric Unlimited Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Cayenne Harris was appointed the Director of Lyric Unlimited for Lyric Opera of Chicago in July 2012. As the lead administrator for Lyric's community engagement and audience development initiatives, Ms. Harris has played an essential role in the creation of Lyric Unlimited – it... Read More →
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Anh Le

Publications & Brand Manager, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
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David Lomeli

Manager, Casting & Hart Institute for Women Conductors, The Dallas Opera
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Keryl McCord

Founder and CEO, The Equity Quotient
Ms. McCord is founder and CEO of EQ, The Equity Quotient, a national training and organizational development firm dedicated to supporting non profits interested in becoming more just and equitable community partners, with equity, diversity, and inclusion as outcomes of their work... Read More →
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Kevin Moriarty

Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center
Kevin Moriarty is the artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, where his work as a director includes: It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman; The Who's Tommy; The Wiz; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry IV; The Tempest; Fat Pig; Next Fall; his original adaptation of A Christmas... Read More →
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L. Michelle Smith

Director, AT&T Global Marketing Organization
L. Michelle Smith is a consumer insights expert who is helping one of the world's most respected Fortune 10 companies prepare for our nation's new reality-- an unwired, digitally-driven, multicultural and global society. Michelle leads Citizenship & Sustainability efforts for the... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor

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