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Cleveland Orchestra embraces diversity – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

January 10, 2023

Press release:
Today, The Cleveland Orchestra announced the hiring of Jejuana C. Brown in the senior team role of Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Ms. Brown assumes this position starting Wednesday, January 11.

Reporting directly to The Cleveland Orchestra’s President & CEO and in close collaboration with the Vice President, Human Resources, as well as all executive and senior leadership, the Director of Diversity & Inclusion is a new position responsible for guiding and implementing efforts to define, understand, assess, and cultivate diversity. The position will develop a comprehensive equity, access, diversity, and inclusion plan that aligns with the Orchestra’s objective to promote diversity as an essential element of the organization’s core values, goals, and mission, which is to inspire and enrich lives by creating extraordinary musical experiences at the highest level of artistic excellence….

Jejuana C. Brown is an equity and inclusion professional with a passion for leadership development, mentoring, and building inclusive workplace and board cultures. During her time as Director of Inclusive Culture & Talent Initiatives at Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), she led equity and inclusion programming as well as a regional workforce diversity strategy. Prior to joining GCP, Jejuana led strategic projects for several departments at Cleveland State University where she also earned a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Development and a Graduate Certificate in Diversity Management. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Executive Leadership at the University of Charleston, West Virginia. An active community member, Jejuana serves on the boards of the Journey Center for Safety & Healing, Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management (CSHRM), and Facing History & Ourselves (Cleveland).

photo: Roger Mastorianni

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