Episode 116: Arreon Harley-Emerson – “Equity Sings”

Composer, conductor, equity coach, and nonprofit strategist committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging – meet this week’s guest and Black History Month episode, Arreon A. Harley-Emerson. Mr. Harley-Emerson is the Director of Music and Operations of the Choir School of Delaware where he is responsible for the musical components of the renowned Choir School program as well as the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Committed to the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), Mr. Harley-Emerson has established a thriving consultancy to assist arts and culture nonprofit organizations in remaining relevant in the 21st century. His work includes longitudinal studies, strategic planning, board governance, resource and asset development, and board diversification – and we talk about it all in this incredible conversation!  Specifically, we talk in this one about cultural scaffolding, The Gang Mentality of Choir (a 2015 TedxTalk of Mr. Harley-Emerson), Maslow, Kirk Franklin, and the “Peabody voice,” the history that led to ADEIBR and how to define and use it as a tool for change and action, and the power infusing joy in all the things!

This episode is hosted by Emmy

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