Opera Philadelphia Announces Appointment Of Dr. Derrell Acon

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(Photos: Opera Philadelphia)Opera Philadelphia recently announced the appointment of award-winning activist, arts administrator, and bass-baritone Dr. Derrell Acon to the position of Vice President of People Operations & Inclusion. Currently the Associate Artistic Director & Chief Impact Officer at Long Beach Opera, where he has led equity and engagement efforts since 2018, Dr. Acon will join the senior management team at Opera Philadelphia on January 10, 2022.He will also continue to serve as associate artistic director and creative producer for the New York-based Heartbeat Opera.A Fulbright scholar and co-founder of the Black Opera Alliance, Dr. Acon understands the power of the performing arts to foster human compassion and catalyze conversations on challenging subjects. He has over 15 years of experience as an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) practitioner and continues to establish himself as a leader in classical music, education, and ethnic studies as relates to the role of the artist-activist. In addition to his extensive expertise in the EDI space, Dr. Acon also brings senior-level experience in human resources strategy (HRCI, HRU) and business analytics & impact (Harvard Business School CORe, OPERA America Leadership Intensive).He is known for his unique and provocative presentations, which often combine performance and scholarship....

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