Webinar #3 of the Catalyst Learning Series EDI Lessons from the Field

Originally recorded April 26, 2022

What does equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) look like at an orchestra that is far along their EDI journey? What progress lies ahead as we continue in the work? The more we learn and grow, the bigger our imagination of what is possible expands. In the world of EDI, our collective consciousness continues to become refined and best practices improve from one year to the next.

In this final 60-minute Catalyst Webinar, we discuss with the Detroit Symphony what it means to go the distance in this work with a renewed sense of purpose and vision for what the future may hold.

Speaker: Caen Thomason-Redus, Community Catalyst/Senior Director of Community & Learning, Detroit Symphony, and incoming Vice President, Inclusion and Learning, League of American Orchestras

Moderator: McKensie Mack, Founder and CEO, MMG

Who Should Watch?

Arts administrators, musicians, volunteers, and board members from organizations of all budget sizes, as well as anyone interested in learning more about what an orchestra’s path looks like after many years of investing in EDI work.


  • $15 for members
  • $25 for non-members

About the Moderator

Photo courtesy of the moderator

McKensie Mack (they/them)
Founder & CEO, MMG

McKensie Mack is a trilingual anti-oppression consultant, researcher, analyst, and the founder & CEO of MMG. MMG is a global social justice organization that specializes in organizational change management through a lens of data equity; helping people transform culture, practices, and policies at the intersection of race, gender, class, disability, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Their clients are currently based all over the world in the U.S., the UK, France, South Africa, Nigeria, Germany, Spain, and Peru. McKensie is the former inaugural Executive Director of Art+Feminism, one of the largest gender equity focused projects on Wikipedia.


Please contact Member Services at member@americanorchestras.org.

This webinar is made possible by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Additional support is provided by American Express, the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


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