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Saturday, June 23 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Recognizing and Undoing Racism

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Structural racism continues to influence decision-making at all levels, including choices made by and for opera companies. Structural racism plays a role in hiring practices, organizational funding, marketing and season planning, but can leave many unaware of its influence because of the unconscious nature of biases and inherited practices. In this session, community leaders will reveal patterns of racism and how opera company staff and board members can dismantle these practices within their own institutions.

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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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Mark Edward Kent

President, The Biome Foundation
Mark Kent is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Operatic Performance from Washington University and Master of Fine Arts in Operatic Performance from DePaul University. Mr. Kent made his professional debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 1999... Read More →
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Timothy O'Leary

General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, heading a leadership team that includes OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and Artistic Director James Robinson. Mr. O’Leary currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America, the... 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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Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →
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Felicia Shaw

Executive Director, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Felicia W. Shaw joined the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis as its Executive Director in 2015. A native St. Louisan, Felicia brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit arts and culture sector.Previously, Felicia served for eight years as Director... 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 →

Saturday June 23, 2018 9:15am - 10:45am CDT
Regency Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnur Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
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