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Friday, June 22 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Moving Toward an Equitable Organizational Culture

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Opera’s homogeneity is increasingly out of place in a country that is ever-more diverse.  Motivated by increased self-awareness, external expectations and the potential for increased artistic richness and relevance, companies are striving to improve equity in hiring, programming, casting and community engagement.  To be successful, new practices must be rooted in changed organizational cultures.  Learn from leaders who have succeeded in guiding organizational cultures to achieve greater equity.

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Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor of Psychology, Saint Louis University
Dr. Kira Hudson Banks is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University and focuses on race, racial identity and intergroup relations. She has worked in the field to improve intergroup relations since 1998 through research, community outreach, and school-based interventions... Read More →
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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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Julie Grady Heard

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inlcusion, Cincinnati Opera
I am passionate about embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's implementation and sustained presence in our Mission, Vision and every step of our strategic priorities.
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Andrew Jorgensen

Director of Artistic Planning and Operations / General Director Designate, Washington National Opera / Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Andrew Jorgensen will become the fourth General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on July , 2018. He is currently the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center (WNO), where this season he has also been acting as Interim... Read More →
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Melanie Powell-Robinson

Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership
Melanie Powell-Robinson is the Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership. She serves the St. Louis region through her dedication to community service and advocacy for inclusion and equity both professionally and socially.Melanie’s dedication to community advocacy began... Read More →

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Fisher Dachs Associates

Sponsor: Equity Theme, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is dedicated to creating performing arts spaces that work brilliantly for all constituents; the artists, the audience, management and staff. Our expertise is in planning and designing intimate, dynamic, technically superb and highly functional theatres, opera... Read More →
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Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Sponsor: Trustee Network
Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to contributed... Read More →
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Technical/Production Network and Under 35 Mixer Sponsor, InstantEncore
LiveNote® - The Philadelphia Orchestra and InstantEncore have combined forces to introduce LiveNote® - an interactive performance guide for your mobile app. With LiveNote, your audience can view translations, program notes, and images smoothly in real time via any internet conn... Read More →
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →

Friday June 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Regency Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session