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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.

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Roberto Bedoya

Cultural Affairs Manager (and Minister of Belonging on USDAC Cabinet), City of Oakland
Roberto Bedoya is Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland, CA, overseeing the Cultural Affairs Unit, housed in the City's Department of Economic and Workforce Development. He previously served as executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, overseeing grant making... Read More →

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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... 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 Communications... Read More →
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Cayenne Harris

Vice President, Lyric Unlimited, 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 – its... Read More →
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Anh Le

Assistant Director of Marketing, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Anh is the Assistant Director of Marketing at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL), overseeing all direct mail and print collateral in addition to providing key strategic support for audience building and community outreach efforts. In addition to her duties at OTSL, Anh has spoken... Read More →
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David Lomeli

Casting Manager & Hart Institute for Women Conduct, The Dallas Opera
David Lomeli joined The Dallas Opera in July of 2014 as Artistic Coordinator. In June of 2015 he was promoted to Associate Artistic Administrator. In April of 2016, David was promoted to Casting and Hart Institute for Women Conductors Manage where he assisted Music Director Emmanuel... Read More →

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... 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 CDT
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor
  General Session, OVI