Be a part of the conversation.

One hour before each concert we host an opportunity for our audience members to join in an open and frank discussion regarding diversity and inclusion led by a skilled and experienced facilitator. Past pre-concert conversation facilitators have included:


Bill Cooper

Bill Cooper has spent his career in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. He is a versatile and visionary executive with strategic savvy fueled by an entrepreneurial attitude and the benefits of lessons learned as the owner of a number of small businesses. Bill is Director, Diversity Strategies for Atlantic Constructors, Inc., a Richmond, Virginia-based mechanical and industrial construction firm. Before joining ACI, he served as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank and Director of Supplier Diversity at the University of Virginia.

Erica Coffey

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Erica Coffey is Director of Global Engagement and Inclusion at Collegiate School, where she helps students and colleagues to become cross-culturally competent. Erica received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Virginia and her master’s degree in Public Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University.

Jacqueline Johnson

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Jacqueline “Jacquie” Johnson is Professional Development Coordinator at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion. In her role, she designs, coordinates, delivers and evaluates diversity and inclusion programs conducted for VCIC’s workplace clients across Virginia. Jacquie has a diverse background that includes instructional design, project management, workplace diversity and inclusion, equity, cultural competency, critical race theory, organizational development, leadership development, and underrepresented community outreach and engagement. Jacquie received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and her Master’s degree in Anthropology from George Washington University in Washington DC.