Chorale opens Mayor’s Creative Conversation
The Turtle Creek Chorale has been invited to open the Mayor’s Creative Conversation about Music at 5:50 p.m. on Monday, April 13, at the City Performance Hall, prior to the kick off of the event.
The Creative Conversation will be co-hosted by Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Morning News writer Robert Wilonsky from 6-8 p.m. The panelists are a diverse group of individuals that will speak on how to better serve the arts community in order to attract and retain artists, their supporters and influencers.
The chorale’s next concert — Britten, Beatles & Bond — is April 23-25 at City Performance Hall.
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Whitley named ED of H4PJ
Activist and community organizer Todd Whitley has been named the new executive director of Hope 4 Peace & Justice after serving as its board chair for 18 months. Most recently, Whitley worked as manager of communications for Equality Texas and has been serving as the H4PJ’s part-time program director for the last six months.
“Instead of using religion to marginalize and discriminate against people, we must advocate that everyone is deserving of being loved and accepted for who they are — regardless of their skin color, citizenship status, whom they love or how they express their gender,” Whitley said.
Board member Michael Magnia was elected to replace Whitley as board chair and will help steer the organization’s direction.
“Working with Todd in this role, we can move closer to our vision of expanding our coalition and partnering with other faith-based organizations promoting a more inclusive vision of what it means to be ‘religious,’ particularly as it pertains to the causes of others,” Magnia said.
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Out & Equal registration opens
Registration is now open for the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit, slated for Oct. 6-8 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
Out & Equal collaborates with executives, human resources departments and employee groups at Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to ensure that everyone has the tools they need to deliver on their commitment to workplace equality.
The Workplace Summit offers panels with executives and experts discussing the big issues of the day, open roundtable discussions on concerns related to LGBT workplace equality, educational workshops tailored to specific learning tracks, a global perspective series on the tools needed for workplace equality, case studies, transgender, bisexual and people of color programs, plenaries and more.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 10, 2015.