Be a part of the conversation.
Forty-five minutes before each concert, we host an opportunity for our audience members to sit in on an open and frank discussion regarding diversity and inclusion facilitated by Bill Cooper.
About 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.
A self-proclaimed “Dot Connector,” Bill is recognized for his ability to successfully network in a group of three or crowd of three hundred. Today he serves as a consultant, advisor and mentor on all matters that move the conversation about diversity and inclusion to a more holistic dialogue about the organization’s business case. As a consultant and speaker, Bill is frequently invited to facilitate executive roundtables as well as keynote local, regional, and national business and diversity conferences.
Cooper 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. During his time at UVA, spending with minority- and women-owned firms increased from less than $10 million to more than $60 million annually. And as the President and CEO of Choice Communications, Inc., a commercial printing operation in Richmond, VA, Bill was successful in transforming a former in-house printing operation, into one of the largest minority-owned printing firms in the country.
Experienced in bringing a vision to reality, his demonstrated skill leading intentional and sustainable change in organizations has root in his talent for motivating and empowering people to drive for success. He has an undergraduate degree in architecture, masters of urban planning, and an MBA – all from the University of Virginia. Cooper is the former Chair of the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, former Commissioner for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and has served as an advisor on supplier diversity to four Virginia Governors.