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LeAnn Binford

Big Thought
Director of Big Thought Institute
A passionate advocate for creative education and life-long learning, LeAnn Binford joined the Dallas nonprofit Big Thought in 2007. As Director of Big Thought Institute she supports the organization’s mission to make imagination a part of everyday learning by facilitating partnerships with local, regional and national partners as well as through grant and project management. While in her previous position as Director of Education for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Binford was a leader in establishing the citywide Learning Partners collaboration, and she is credited with developing innovative programs at the DSO which have become models for the industry, including Young Strings and DSOKids.com. A 2014 Leadership ISD Fellow, Binford actively volunteers in Dallas schools, including the district’s celebrated Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts where she mentors students and chairs the Arts Council. She serves on the board of Voices of Change Contemporary Classical Music Ensemble, the Education Committees of The Dallas Opera and Dallas Winds, and shares her love of music as a pre-concert speaker for the DSO and Dallas Winds. A graduate of the Arts Management MA/MBA program at Southern Methodist University, she also holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Texas Tech University where she studied with William Westney.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, May 6