Arts Leaders As Cultural Innovators: Round 1

Launched in March 2015, the pilot Round of ALACI included 16 arts leaders from Arizona, Rhode Island and the Greater Washington DC area.

Introducing ALACI Round 1
Participating fellows, with support from their executive coaches, conducted in-organization and in-community practicums that bolstered their skills in adaptive leadership, change management, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, organizational systems, and more. They benefited from seminars led by experts in the fields of organizational change management, leadership development and innovation, including Julia Fabris McBride, VP of Kansas Leadership Center;  Timothy O’Brien and Michael Koehler from KONU, John Shibley and Edgar Schein.

Read the bios about our Round 1 fellows, faculty, and executive coaches below.

Seminar Faculty and Executive Coaches


John McCann, Co-Designer, Partners in Performance
Mary Parish, President, MVP Associates, Davidsonville, MD
[Regina Romero] (# Regina Romero), Senior Executive Coach, Executive Coaching Roundtable, Washington DC
Julia Fabris McBride, Vice President, Kansas Leadership Center, Wichita, KS
Tim O’Brien, Partner, KONU
Michael Koehler, Partner, KONU
John Shibley, Faculty
Edgar Schein, Professor Emeritus, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus, Cambridge, MA
Bo Young Lee, Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Marsh, New York, NY
Stephanie McKee, Artistic Director, Junebug Productions, New York, NY
Keisha Turner, Urban Bush Women, Oakland, CA
Rachel Rosner, Affiliate Researcher, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Los Angeles, CA

Arizona Fellows

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Robyn Lambert, Associate Managing Director, Arizona Theatre Company
Debi Chess Mabie, Operations Manager, Tucson Pima Arts Council
Yvonne Montoya, Co-Founder and Director, Safos Dance Theatre
Sharon O’Brien, Artistic Director, Stories That Soar
Barbea Williams, Managing and Artistic Director, Dunbar Pavilion Dance and Art Academy

Phoenix


Joseph Benesh, Director, Phoenix Center for the Arts
Kate Wells, CEO, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Greater Washington DC Fellows


Bobby Asher, Senior Associate Director, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland
Deborah Gaston, Director of Education and Digital Engagement, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Anne S. Kohn, Associate Managing Director, Shakespeare Theatre Company
Stephanie Moore, Director of the Annual Fund, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Rhode Island Fellows


Peter Bramante, Managing Director, FirstWorks
Morgan Grefe, Executive Director, Rhode Island Historical Society
Annette Mozzonni, Director of Education & Music, RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School
Kelly Reed, Managing Director, Community MusicWorks
Ryan Saunders, Executive Director, Chorus of Westerly

Bios


Robyn Lambert, Associate Managing Director
Arizona Theatre Company

Robyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Theatre Arts. Upon graduation she began working as an Assistant Stage Manager at Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) and Utah Shakespeare Festival. After 3 seasons she was promoted to the Company Manager at ATC. Robyn had a 12+ year stint as Company Manager and loved working closely with the guest artists to make them feel comfortable away from home. Robyn was recently promoted to be ATC’s Associate Managing Director and is energized to help pave a new path for the organization.


Debi Chess Mabie, Operations Manager
Tucson Pima Arts Council

Debi has over 20 years of experience in non-profits, mainly in community development and the arts sector. Her professional interests lie in policy and arts-based economic development. Her career trajectory includes service in the United States Peace Corps, community organizer in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, and co-creator and executive director of the WestEnd Farmers’ Market and Urban Garden/ Boocoo Cultural Arts Center and Café in Evanston, Illinois—a joint program to alleviate ‘food deserts’ in low-income communities. She moved to Tucson in 2010 with her husband and three children where she became the Education and Outreach Director of The Loft Cinema for three years. Debi now works with the Tucson Pima Arts Council, advocating for public and private sustainable support for artists and arts organization in Southern Arizona. She has a B.A in Social Work, and Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Yvonne Montoya, Co-Founder and Director
Safos Dance Theatre

Yvonne Montoya is the Director of Safos Dance Theatre which she co-founded in 2009. Ms. Montoya works as lead choreographer, directs all arts education programing, oversees staff and volunteers, and is responsible for all day-to-day artistic and administrative responsibilities for the organization. She is the visionary and director of “Color the Mural,” a two year community mural project and collaboration with social service agency the House of Neighborly Service in the City of South Tucson, AZ. She has chaired national grant panels and advocated for the arts on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C on more than one occasion. In addition to her artistic endeavors, Ms. Montoya worked as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Arizona’s Department of Mexican American Studies (MAS) from 2006-2012 where she taught classes and oversaw student research on Latina/o representations. She has strong experience in choreography, multi-cultural and multi -discipline art projects, and directing culturally competent community-based programs in under served Latina/o communities.


Sharon O’Brien, Artistic Director
Stories That Soar

Sharon O’Brien has never fit neatly into categories. As an artist, educator, and entrepreneur, she sees life as an endless opportunity to create and discover. In 2002, she co-developed Stories that Soar! (STS!), then in 2005 co-founded a nonprofit to expand the program’s possibilities. In 2011, she was part of a merger resulting in Literacy Connects. Never idle, she designed StoryShare, which brings the STS! experience into K-12 classrooms, Stories that Transform! for adult learners and STS! High for high school drama classes. Her STS! Book Project integrates visual arts into the program. In 2014-15, her programs reached over 8,000 participants across Southern Arizona. Sharon holds a MA in Theatre Education and Outreach and an Associate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona.


Barbea Williams, Managing and Artistic Director
Dunbar Pavilion Dance and Art Academy

This award-winning performer is dedicated to sharing ethnic dance, theatre and visual cultural traditions that derive from Africa and the African Diaspora, as an Arts Educator, Performing and Visual Artist. Currently, Ms. Williams works as Adjunct Faculty for the School of Dance at the University of Arizona; she is the Artistic and Managing Director for the Dunbar Pavilion Dance and Art Academy and Roster Artist – Community and Education based with the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Barbea has performed with, choreographed/costumed for Arizona’s top theatre companies: Arizona Theatre Company, Black Theatre Troupe, Borderlands Theatre/Teatro Fronterizo, Invisible Theatre, Ododo Theatre and others. Her studies have taken her to West and North Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Italy, Mexico, and Venezuela. Throughout the United States she studies with master instructors and renowned dance and theatre companies.


Joseph Benesh, Director
Phoenix Center for the Arts

Joseph Benesh is the Director of Phoenix Center for the Arts. He loves his work because of its support for the arts and also for the Center’s engagement with the community. Professionally, in 2011, he returned from New York City where he managed the theater and facilities at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. In his spare time, he received his master’s degree in Arts and Community Integration from NYU. Leading off off his study at NYU he spent a month in Brazil studying at the Center of the Theater of the Oppressed with Julian Boal. Prior to New York he was in Phoenix where he worked for ten years in arts management at Phoenix Theatre, Theater Works, and Stagebrush. During this time he also developed and lead community outreach programs. Some of these included the Keys Community Center, which provides resources to inner city children. He wrote and directed Night of the High School Dance, the Musical for One Step Beyond - an organization that serves the developmentally disabled. In his previous life as an artist, he directed for the stage at Phoenix Theatre, Space 55, Black Theatre Troupe, Theater Works, the Okoboji Summer Theater, and many more. Much of the credit for his career goes back to his high school drama teacher who started a program called Theatre In Education, wherein high school students would learn about social issues and present an educational mini-play to junior high students. It won a national health care award as no one had really heard about theatre as a social change tool…yet.


Kate Wells, CEO
Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Kate Wells rejoined the Children’s Museum of Phoenix in the December of 2013 as President & CEO. In this role, she leads one of the most loved and visited arts & cultural institutions in Arizona, with over 400,000 young children and caregivers expected in 2105. Under her leadership, the Museum continues its focus on exceptional educational exhibits and programs focused on the unique developmental needs of young children ages 0-10, and will grow with educational outreach and advocacy centered around the vital importance of early childhood education. Prior to returning to the Children’s Museum, Kate was the Associate General Manager of Development & Marketing at Eight, Arizona PBS. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two fabulous daughters, volunteering, hiking, gardening, reading, and extreme travel.


Bobby Asher, Senior Associate Director
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland

Bobby Asher is the Senior Associate Director of the Artist Partner Program at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, where he supports The Clarice mission to build the future of the arts by educating, training, mentoring, and presenting the next generation of artists and creative innovators. Bobby joined The Clarice in 2010 after serving as the founding managing and artistic director of the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, as well as in other university arts management positions in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Georgia.


Deborah Gaston, Director of Education and Digital Engagement, National Museum of Women in the Arts

Deborah Gaston is Director of Education and Digital Engagement at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She supervises all aspects of the museum’s educational initiatives and public programs, as well as the institutional website and digital projects. She worked previously at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. In addition to her experience as a museum educator, Gaston has taught art history courses for the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Lewis and Clark College Semester in Washington program, and the University of Delaware. She holds an M.A. in art history from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Gaston is a member of ArtTable, American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), and Art Education DC (AEDC), the local NAEA affiliate. She currently serves as the museum representative on the AEDC executive board and is a founding board member of The Innovation Collaborative (innovationcollaborative.org).


Anne S. Kohn, Associate Managing Director, Shakespeare Theatre Company

Anne S. Kohn is the Associate Managing Director for the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company. She received her MFA in Performing Arts Management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts after working for Cleveland Opera, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Ingenuity: Cleveland’s Festival of Art and Technology, Cleveland’s All-City Musical, and the Manteo Summer Performance Festival. In 2009, Anne co-founded No Rules Theatre Company, a dual-city theater company performing in both Winston-Salem, NC and Washington, DC. She served as its Producing Director and Board Member for four seasons. Under Anne’s leadership, NRTC was awarded the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the 2011 Helen Hayes Awards.


Stephanie Moore, Director of the Annual Fund, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Stephanie Moore is Director of the Annual Fund at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). As a senior member of development, she supervises all aspects of the Individual Giving program. She builds sustainable stewardship practices and encourages personal connections between the BSO and donors through diverse solicitation practices. She also sits on the Emerging Arts Advocates Council for Maryland Citizens for the Arts and is a freelance community engagement researcher with ArtsEngaged. Her continued research has led to multiple co-authored publications, including “Economic Development and the Arts” and “Cultural Mapping” from Building Communities Not Audiences, edited by Doug Borwick, and “Training Community Engaged Culture Workers,” forthcoming in the Journal of American Folklore. Stephanie holds a Master of Science in Arts Management and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of Oregon.


Peter Bramante, Managing Director, FirstWorks

Peter brings strong leadership, strategic skills and over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector as an executive, manager, artist and educator—and currently serves as the Managing Director at FirstWorks. His interest and ideas around connecting arts to business practices and civic life have been presented at panels for Americans for the Arts, The National Arts Marketing Conference and The Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations. An advocate for experiential, arts-based learning, Peter has held adjunct and associate professorships at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College and Connecticut College where he received an MFA in Dance Science and Performance studies and while enrolled through a full fellowship. Prior to joining FirstWorks, Peter served as the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island (A&BC/RI). Under his leadership the organization expanded local programs and services, created innovative audience development tools and broadened the scope of nationally funded resources aimed at building Rhode Island’s cultural capitol.


Morgan Grefe, Executive Director, Rhode Island Historical Society

C. Morgan Grefe is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. She has been at the RIHS for more than ten years serving as the Director of the Goff Center for Education and Public Programs for 6.5 of those. In the summer of 2011 she took the helm of the RIHS. Her work as a historian focuses on U.S. social, cultural and public history, with special attention on R.I. She holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in the same. Her recent publications include, “ ‘Jews, Turks, and Infidels:’ How Rhode Island’s Lively Experiment Helped Chart the American Way” and “Sourcing a Rhode Island Legend: The Story of Kady Brownell.” She lecture widely on topics relating to Rhode Island’s social and cultural history, as well as the history education crisis in our state and nation. She has lived in Rhode Island for more than sixteen years and makes her home in Pawtucket with her spouse, Gage Prentiss.


Annette Mozzonni, Director of Education & Music, RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School

Annette Mozzoni joined the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School in June 2005 after a successful career in Human Resources focusing on organizational development, performance management, managerial leadership, education and training. In her role as Director of Education, Annette is responsible for leading all educational programs for the RI Philharmonic including a community music school serving 1,500 students each week and the “FLEX with the Phil” initiative serving over 20,000 students of which 13,000 students participate in programs providing sequential music education and over 450 high school students in arts integration programs. Since 2008 the number of students participating in sequential music education through the RI Philharmonic education programs has increased by 37% and the overall music education services to students in the community has increased by 50%. Annette has received several leadership awards both from her work in non-profit and for-profit organizations.


Kelly Reed, Managing Director, Community MusicWorks

Kelly has served as Managing Director of Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI for the past year. Prior to that, Kelly served as the Administrative Director of A Far Cry, a self-conducted chamber orchestra in Boston with residencies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and New England Conservatory. Prior to that, she served as Director of Operations of the renowned Emmanuel Church in Boston. In addition to management, Kelly has taught a variety of humanities courses, including writing, literature and music history, at Northeastern University and the Art Institute of Boston. She is a member of the Community Advisory Board of Boston’s public radio station WGBH, and the Board of Friends of A Far Cry, and helped establish the non-profit organization Urban Neighborhood Design Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, gardening and her one addiction: the New York Times crossword.


Ryan Saunders, Executive Director, Chorus of Westerly

Ryan Saunders is executive director of the Chorus of Westerly (RI). A 200-voice intergenerational chorus, Westerly is a rare chorus in that children, alongside adults, sing every concert of a season regardless of the programmed work’s length or difficulty. In its 56-year history, thousands of area children have had the chance to sing major choral works in the Chorus’s historic performance hall. Saunders was one of these children, having sung with the ensemble from age 7 through 18. Prior to his recent professional tenure in Westerly, Saunders was Manager of Music Events and Public Relations for Tufts University. During his nine years at Tufts, Saunders helped open and manage the university’s Granoff Music Center. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Tufts Change Agent Award for creating new opportunities for innovation. As executive director of the Chorus of Westerly, Saunders has helmed several major projects including the organization’s first-ever music director search in 2012. In 2014, Saunders led 227 people on the Chorus’s first international tour in nineteen years. Current projects include the production of a one-hour documentary and the organization’s first-ever recording project. A firm believer in community partnerships and the arts as an economic driver, Saunders was a major part of the coalition responsible for the passage of Rhode Island’s $35-million Cultural Facilities Bond in November. The passage of this unprecedented program awarded to the Chorus of Westerly $1,054,200 for renovation work on their organization home, the George Kent Performance Hall. Locally, Saunders also co-founded the Westerly Regional Arts Partnership, a new arts collaborative created to promote and support the Westerly region’s creative sector. A graduate of Boston University and Wheaton College, Saunders is on the Board of Directors of the Lorelei Ensemble.

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Round 1 Executive Coaches and Seminar Faculty:

ALACI fellows have the opportunity to practice real-world problem-solving approaches under the instruction, mentorship and support of leading experts in the fields of adaptive leadership development, organizational change-management, innovation and arts and culture. Here are our faculty and coaches for Round 1.


John McCann, Co-Designer, Partners in Performance

John McCann (Co-Designer) is an educator, facilitator and consultant. His specific expertise is in leadership education, visioning and strategy development for organizations, and conflict mediation. John is the founder and president of Partners in Performance, a services firm providing guidance to the arts and cultural community in the areas of visioning, planning, and development. Prior to the creation of Partners in Performance, John was the founder and director of the Institute for Cultural Policy and Practice at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. The Institute developed the Community Arts Leadership Academy for ArtServe Michigan; designed and facilitated the leadership development component of the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program of the League of American Orchestras; and developed leadership seminars for Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, and Theatre Communications Group, As co-founder of EmcArts, LLC with Richard Evans, McCann served as a member of the consulting team for a broad array of clients including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Arts International, and the 18th Street Arts Complex. He facilitated planning retreats and strategy development sessions for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, DC, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Washington Ballet, Dance Place, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, McCann facilitated the focus groups designed to inform the creation of the Challenge America program. McCann launched Partners in Performance in 2008.

Executive Coaches


Mary Parish, President, MVP Associates, Davidsonville, MD

Since the 1978 launch of MVP Associates, her consulting and training practice, Mary Parish has worked with over 200 different organizations, in both the public and private sectors. She focuses on creating practical strategies for developing leadership and effectiveness at all levels within the organization. Mary’s work has three channels: Coaching individuals and teams to reach their highest potential; Training design and delivery on topics such as: strengthening interpersonal communication skills, developing emotional intelligence and managing different personality types; Facilitating groups to work together more effectively, successfully navigate organizational transitions and move their mission forward. People who have worked with Mary say her deep listening and questioning skills open people to possibilities that may have seemed out of their reach. Mary approaches her work with depth, humor and practicality that gives people specific steps to take to increase their effectiveness in their organization. At Michigan State University Mary received a BA Television and Radio – as one of only two women in her class - and later earned an MA in Communication Arts.


Regina Romero, Senior Executive Coach, Executive Coaching Roundtable, Washington DC

Regina Romero has over twenty-five years of experience in executive coaching, group facilitation, and leadership development. She has been a trusted confidante to senior leaders in the healthcare, financial, manufacturing, and technology sectors, as well as academia, the federal government, and non-profits. Regina is an astute advisor who has helped countless leaders think through difficult issues at multiple levels and navigate complex operational, political, and cultural challenges that are central to organizational life. Her training in psychology and grasp of group dynamics make her an ideal confidante to anyone who wants to master the interplay of people interacting in organizations. Regina is especially skilled at helping executives work through transition issues, whether individually or systemically. She is adept at providing honest, non-judgmental, real-time feedback to executives who want to lead courageously and create an environment in which others can flourish.

Some of her non-profit clients include DC Children’s Advocacy Center, Management Assistance Group, Noyce Leadership Institute, Victory Fund, and Young Playwrights’ Theater and Life Pieces to Masterpieces. Other clients include American Institutes for Research, Carey Business School EMBA, Inova Health System, International Finance Corporation, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, MedImmune, National Institutes of Health, RLJ Companies, Washington Gas and The World Bank. Regina received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Washington University and a B.S. in psychology from Howard University. She is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. Her coaching certification is through the International Society for Coaching Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association Society of Consulting Psychologists and the Executive Coaching Roundtable. Regina is on the faculty of the National Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland.

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Seminar 1 Faculty


Julia Fabris McBride, Vice President, Kansas Leadership Center, Wichita, KS

With a passion honed in London and Chicago theatre, Julia Fabris McBride helps people make the most of their lives while making a difference in the world. Julia is a professional coach, credentialed by the International Coach Federation. Before joining KLC, she managed her own nationwide coaching business, and taught leadership and management classes at the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, University of Massachusetts and the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she is now firmly planted in Matfield Green, KS. Julia serves on the board for the Chase County school district and board development committee for the Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland.


Tim O’Brien, Partner, KONU

Tim O'Brien teaches leadership and adaptive change at the Harvard Kennedy School. He researches human development and leadership education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Tim is also a leadership consultant for INSEAD’s Management Acceleration Program. Tim’s research explores adult development, leadership theory, and experiential learning. His teaching, training and consultancy practice is built on the fundamentals of his research - that all people and organizations can learn and develop with the right balance of supports and challenges. Tim directed sail training programs on traditionally rigged schooners for four years in the Atlantic and Caribbean and has a 100 ton captain’s license.


Michael Koehler, Partner, KONU

Michael Koehler works with clients to create and implement customized leadership development opportunities for their organization. His leadership development work draws on his experience as a business developer, professional dancer, and educator. He has taught leadership at several universities, including the Harvard Kennedy School, M.I.T. Sloan, the European Business School (EBS) and Ruhr-University Bochum. He works with clients from all sectors on people and organizational development. He holds a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a McCloy fellow. He has an MA (German Staatsexamen) in linguistics, English literature and physical education on scholarship from of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes). He founded and developed several bilingual K-12 charter schools for one of Germany’s most innovative education start-ups (Phorms Education). He was the 2001 Silver Medalist at the Championship in Rock ’n’ Roll Acrobatic Dance – and has worked as a dance coach and choreographer for more than 15 years, with both beginners and champions.


John Shibley, Faculty

John Shibley (Faculty) has 30 years of experience leading complex organizational improvement efforts in a variety of industries and settings. His practices focuses on the intersection of strategy, innovation and systems dynamics. John works with EmcArts as a lead facilitator in EmcArts’ innovation programs, including the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, which he helped develop during his tenure as EmcArts Director of Organizational Learning. John’s Innovation Lab participants have included the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, The Civilians, the Wooster Group, The Apollo Theatre and Urban Bush Women, among others. Other engagements from John’s long career have include The James Irvine Foundation, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The L.A. Music Center, MOCA Cleveland, L. L. Bean, General Electric, AT&T, Harley Davidson, the Vancouver Island Health Authority, Brown University, and the New York City and LAUSD school systems. John has taught at the MIT Senior Executive Program and at the Shambala Leadership Institute. He was a founder of the Society for Organizational Learning and has published articles on systems dynamics and strategy. John received a Masters Degree in Consulting Psychology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

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Seminar 2 Faculty


Edgar Schein, Professor Emeritus, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus, Cambridge, MA

Edgar Schein is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and a Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Schein investigates organizational culture, process consultation, research process, career dynamics, and organization learning and change. In Career Anchors, third edition (Wiley, 2006), he shows how individuals can diagnose their own career needs and how managers can diagnose the future of jobs. His research on culture shows how national, organizational, and occupational cultures influence organizational performance (Organizational Culture and Leadership, fourth edition, 2010). In Process Consultation Revisited (1999) and Helping (2009), he analyzes how consultants work on problems in human systems and the dynamics of the helping process. Schein has written two cultural case studies—“Strategic Pragmatism: The Culture of Singapore’s Economic Development Board” (MIT Press, 1996) and “DEC is Dead; Long Live DEC” (Berett-Kohler, 2003). HisCorporate Culture Survival Guide, second edition (Jossey-Bass, 2009) tells managers how to deal with culture issues in their organizations. Schein holds a BPhil from the University of Chicago, a BA and an MA in social psychology from Stanford University, and a PhD in social psychology from Harvard University.


Bo Young Lee, Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Marsh, New York, NY

Bo Young is the Global Diversity & Inclusion Practice Leader for Diversity Best Practices. With over 15 years of Diversity & Inclusion and organizational development experience, both internally as a diversity leader and as a consultant, Bo Young understands the nuanced complexity of driving diversity in an organization, embedding it into core people, business and operational functions, and the need to balance innovation with communication, education, and collaboration. Bo Young partners with her clients to help them create innovative and meaningful solutions that help them maximize the benefits of an increasingly diverse and globalized workforce. Prior to joining Diversity Best Practices, Bo Young was the Emerging Workforce Solutions Practice Leader for Aon Hewitt the leading Global HR Consulting and Outsourcing firm. She’s held diversity leadership roles with Ernst & Young and National Grid. Bo Young was also a Director of Advisory Services with Catalyst. She holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and a BBA magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Bo Young and her husband John are the proud parents of daughter Annabelle. Bo Young is also a certified yoga instructor and marathoner.


Stephanie McKee, Artistic Director, JuneBug Productions, New York, NY

Stephanie McKee is the Artistic Director of Junebug Productions is a performer, director, choreographer, educator, facilitator and cultural organizer born in Picayune, MS and raised in New Orleans. She is the founder of Moving Stories Dance Project, an organization committed to dance education that provides opportunities for dancers and choreographers to showcase their talents. In 2007, she was awarded The Academy of Educational Development/New Voices Fellowship, an award for emerging leaders. For the past 20 years Ms. McKee has been involved with Junebug Productions as an artist, director and educator. Most recently she served as Associate Artistic Director of the first annual Homecoming Project 2011, a place-based performance project that addresses the Right of Return and what home means to communities in post-Katrina New Orleans. For the past two years, Ms. McKee has served as one of three directors devising and developing original dance theater presented by Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute. In 2006, Ms. McKee was one of ten artists who collaborated to create the original interdisciplinary production, “UPROOTED: The Katrina Project,” co-produced by Junebug Productions. As an artist and cultural organizer, Ms. McKee is deeply committed to creating work that supports social justice and aligns with the FST and Junebug legacy.


Keisha Turner, Urban Bush Women, Oakland, CA

Performer and educator, Keisha Turner, has Chicago and Brooklyn roots, and is based in Oakland, CA. Since 2008, she has worked with Urban Bush Women in many capacities, including as a touring company member, teaching artist, BOLD (Builders, Organizers, and Leaders throKeisha Turner headshotugh Dance) Facilitator, and most recently as 2014 SLI Coordinator. Keisha is a creative change-maker with growing ties to the many resistance movements taking place in the Bay Area. In her artistic practice, she values the ability of African American/African diasporic traditions of dance and improvisation to intersect with contemporary performance art to tell stories that probe issues of politics, culture, and identity.

Keisha is also a certified yoga instructor, and is committed to offering body-positive, life-affirming classes that create space for participants to prioritize self-care and self-awareness as an entry point to engaging with their communities.


Rachel Rosner, Affiliate Researcher, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Los Angeles, CA

Rachel Rosner is dedicated to supporting collaborative efforts working for social justice. She has extensive experience consulting with broad-based coalitions, diverse community based organizations, public agencies, educational institutions and foundations. Formerly she served as a Research Associate and project manager at the University of California Santa Cruz’s (UCSC) Center for Justice Tolerance and Community (CJTC), and she currently continues her research with the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) located at the University of Southern California (USC). Her areas of interests range from social movement building to health equity to immigrant integration; and her expertise is in the areas of leadership, organizational, and network development, research, strategic planning, and assessment. Prior to her consulting and academic careers, she served as the Research Director for the United Farmworkers and led a farmworker health project. Her background is in community and regional development with a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


ALACI Round 1 was also supported by EmcArts program staff, including Richard Evans, Melissa Dibble,
and Liz Dreyer.

This Round of ALACI was made possible by funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, American Express, Rhode Island Foundation, Tucson Pima Arts Council and Virginia Piper Charitable Trust.