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Meet Team Diaz

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Rebekah Diaz, CDE



Curiosity Coach | Bibliophile | Fan of Pablo Neruda

Founder and President

Rebekah (she/her) is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) with over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit arts and culture sector. As Founder and Consultant at Diaz Inclusion Consulting, Rebekah specializes in inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) assessments and training, program implementation, and community/audience engagement. 

 

A leader in the non-profit arts and culture sector, Rebekah fosters actionable change by creating accessible platforms for individuals of all backgrounds. She has spearheaded IDEA teams and  initiatives at arts institutions such as Pittsburgh Opera, Magic City Opera, and Florida Grand Opera. She conceived impactful programs like “Cadenza” which creates pathways toward therapeutic betterment for human trafficking victims through exposure to opera, and co-founded Pittsburgh’s leading professional development collective, Pittsburgh Arts Administrators of Color. 

 

A leading arts entrepreneur, Rebekah won a position in the prestigious OPERA America Women’s Opera Network. In 2018, her efforts were recognized internationally as an educational finalist in the annual International Opera Awards. Additional project highlights include the creation of a youth opera academy; an unprecedented literacy-building collaboration with Disney/Pixar to create custom operatic animations; and arranging, producing, directing, and designing five fully-staged “traveling operas” for students.

 

As a soprano, Rebekah performed with opera companies and on concert stages for over a decade. She holds degrees in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Rebekah offers a unique combined lens as an established arts leader, educator and performer. At Diaz Inclusion Consulting she focuses on guiding clients' IDEA journeys through individual and group workshops; board, staff, and audience audits; mission statement direction; internal structure support; and IDEA program development and creation.

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Carlton Ford



Dot-Connector | Consensus Builder | Hiker

Managing Director

Carlton (he/him) brings over 15 years of nonprofit arts leadership experience to his role as Managing Director and Consultant at Diaz Inclusion Consulting. Carlton offers a multifaceted perspective from his work across the public and private sectors, with a keen focus on performing arts and cultural institutions. 

 

Having secured over $35 million in funding for arts/culture and social change organizations, including Interlochen Center for the Arts, Adrienne Arsht Center, Florida Grand Opera, and Taproot Foundation, Carlton specializes in consensus-building, fundraising, leadership coaching, board development, and strategic planning to bring the tenets of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) to life for organizations, teams, and individuals.

 

Named one of Miami's 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (2016), Carlton is an active thought leader, with select pieces including the Miami Herald Op-Ed Careless labels like 'underserved' ignore the richness, diversity among Blacks, the DonorSearch Philanthropy Masterminds podcast episode, The Inheritance and The Gift: A Conversation with Carlton Ford, and Check Your Labels: Race, Identity, and Power in Grant Writing with Grants Plus.

 

As a former opera singer, Carlton enjoyed an international career including venues like Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic, and Emmy and Oscar-nominated projects. He is a founding member of Victory Hall Opera and holds degrees from Rice University and The Juilliard School, and a certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida. 

 

Carlton currently serves as a Blue Mentor for New World Symphony, guiding and advising alumni Fellows on their entrepreneurial projects. He also sits on the boards of Chamber Music America and Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble, where he is Board Chair.

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Heather Osowiecki, MBA

Insights Consultant

Educator, artist, nonprofit professional and systems enthusiast Heather Osowiecki (she/her) combines her interests in project and relationship development, data, service to creatives and the advancement of inclusivity in her role as Insights Consultant. Currently based in Miami, Florida, she serves as Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership for New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS) where she also contributes as an Education, Research and Institutional Convenings thought partner representing the organization’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging committee.

 

Heather brings years of applied experience within the arts and culture sector to the Diaz Inclusion team, having previously fulfilled managerial, operations and artistic roles for opera companies, choral ensembles and higher education institutions throughout South Florida and New York State. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam and received her Master of Business Administration  degree in Managerial Leadership from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in addition to her current pursuit of certifications in Data Analytics and Data Privacy.

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Carl DuPont, DMA

Consultant

Carl DuPont (he/him) is an artist, innovator, and educator with a creative approach to improving functional communication for individuals, organizations, and communities. He leverages his expertise to implement strategic initiatives at the intersections of communications, diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and sustainability. This includes training, programming, and talent acquisition, utilizing holistic evidence-based solutions for organizations. His scalable strategies have been tailored to clients ranging from small cultural institutions to Fortune 100 companies.

 

DuPont’s unique approach draws on his experience as an international performer and published author, as well as his curiosity as a life-long learner to make the aspirational actionable. Highlights of a dynamic career include an internship in the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine Otolaryngology department, published articles in The Laryngoscope and the Voice and Speech Review, and appearances in a recurring role on the German soap opera, Unter Uns. He has created dynamic artistic and scholarly presentations for venues in Mexico City, Salzburg, Rome, Stockholm, New York, and Miami. Most recently, the John F. Kennedy Center’s Washington National Opera tapped him to re-design and co-lead their national summer opera initiative focused on blending citizen artistry with elite training for high-school aged students.

 

An associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), he delivers interactive workshops in the Carey Business School’s Executive Education department and one-on-one applied vocal instruction at the Peabody Institute. At Peabody, he developed a course on art song by African American composers, co-chaired the Culturally Inclusive Task Force, and served on the Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee. His efforts recently helped recruit the most diverse and highest-ranked student body in the school’s history; he is also a part of the team that earned a $1 million dollar grant to create the Pathways to PhD/DMA program. He achieved JHU’s Diversity Recognition Award in 2021 for his outstanding contributions in this area.

 

DuPont is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM), Indiana University (MM), and the University of Miami (DMA). He has earned certificates in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida, Management Development and Financial Management, both from JHU’s Carey Business School.

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Alexandra Martinez-Turano

Consultant

Artist, Operatic Soprano, and business operations professional, Alexandra Martinez-Turano (she/her) joins the Diaz team fusing her passion for connecting with others through music and purpose, with her joy in helping organizations succeed at the highest level.

 

Alexandra has supported companies in business consulting, academia, and law, while simultaneously developing a thriving operatic performance career. She helps businesses enhance productivity and efficiency levels while building an enjoyable company culture. Alexandra is thrilled to enter the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion space. She maintains the belief that meaningful representation is crucial across all industries, art forms, and platforms. A proud New Mexican, she is a first-generation college graduate and is passionate about creating pathways for individuals with similar backgrounds. She continues to prove one can establish a fulfilling performance career, while maintaining active work in spaces that will positively impact our communities.

 

She holds degrees in vocal performance and opera from the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts, the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and Roosevelt University. Alexandra and her partner Dane, live in New York City with their beagle-mix, Lenni.

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Micah Murray

Consultant

Micah Murray (he/him) is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant. His approach stems from his beliefs that you should be met where you are on your journey without shame or judgment and we achieve the most meaningful results when we are intentional about where we place our focus. He utilizes his expertise in DEI, coaching, training, L&D, and people & program management to help organizations create tailored solutions to challenges related to DEI, team dynamics, systemic breakdown, leadership development, and strategic planning.

 

In his capacity as a professional coach, he practices transformative coaching by partnering with individuals along their personal and career journeys to help them experience long-term fulfillment by aligning their lives with their purpose.

 

Whether advocating for marginalized voices in the workplace, obtaining meaningful results that meet the business needs of an organization, or helping individuals live out their purpose and experience lasting fulfillment, he is passionate about using his talents to motivate and encourage others to live the life they feel called to live while leaving the meaningful impact they strive to have.

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Emily Grand

Operations & Client Success Coordinator

As a stage manager, artist, and arts administrator, Emily Grand (she/her) embraces her creative organizational skills to support and elevate others both on and off stage. Inspired by her time on the Pittsburgh Opera IDEA Committee and her experience working in the performing arts, Emily joins Diaz Inclusion motivated to advance Equitable, Diverse, Inclusive, and Accessible practices beyond the rehearsal room.

 

Emily has held many positions during her career in the entertainment and performing arts industry, most recently during her time at Pittsburgh Opera where she served throughout her tenure as Associate Director of Production, Manager of Operations, Resident Artist Program Administrator and Stage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager.

 

Additionally, Emily has worked as a freelance stage manager/administrator for various regional opera and theatre companies such as the Dallas Opera, Washington National Opera, Utah Opera, Stages St. Louis, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, and the Glimmerglass Festival. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Stage Management.

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