FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2021
Contact: Amanda Bertone
(888) 234.4236 Ext. 219
BOSTON — Arts Consulting Group (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services to the arts and culture industry, announced that Delilah Norris has joined the firm’s Executive Search practice area as Vice President. Based in ACG’s Chicago and Dallas locations, she brings nearly 30 years of comprehensive management, leadership, and innovative human resources experience spanning the arts and culture, nonprofit, private, and K-12 public education sectors. Her areas of expertise include the full complement of the employee life cycle, employee relations, conflict resolution, mediation, change management, employee benefits, and employee coaching, as well as belonging, inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility (BIDEA) strategy and initiatives.
Ms. Norris most recently served as Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion for the Cincinnati Museum Center, Mercury Museum Services, and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. During her tenure, she led two staff transformations, launched numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives, and implemented an automated hiring process, performance management program, employee referral program, staff and compliance training, and ALICE training. In addition to managing the daily activities of recruitment, onboarding, benefits, and performance management, she was also a strategic partner during two massive reductions in force, one of which occurred during a $228 million renovation project.
Within the education sector, she has held roles numerous human resources positions, including Executive Director of Human Resources for the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, Director of Human Resources for the Shekinah Learning Institute, Director of Human Resources for the Liberty County School System, and Human Resources Manager for the Detroit Edison Public School Academy. She has also taught elementary and middle school and served as a congressional liaison and a campaign staffer.
In making the announcement, ACG Senior Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite said, “It is a great privilege that Delilah Norris has joined the ACG team. With extensive human resources experience and a proven commitment to advancing BIDEA, her contributions to ACG’s executive search clients will be invaluable. As the firm continues to expand its services for the arts and culture sector, Ms. Norris will play a crucial role in helping clients create and improve their diversity and inclusion initiatives.”
“I am thrilled to join ACG especially at this pivotal juncture when there is so much work to be done,” said Ms. Norris. “It is critical that we journey forward to embrace and reimagine creating new spaces where all people can present their best selves and do their best work. I am a firm believer in relentless optimism because it enriches the work that we do.”
A certified Professional in Human Resources, Ms. Norris has completed iPage at the Science Museum of Minnesota, a leadership program for museum professionals designed to bring about meaningful and lasting inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility change. She has participated in the Cultural Competence Leadership Institute and the Executive Curriculum for Emerging Leaders (EXCEL) through The Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati. She was also a presenter at the Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity.
Ms. Norris is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Previous leadership and community involvement include the Coastal Georgia Society for Human Resources, Interfaith Center for Racial Justice, and NAACP, Mount Clemens. She has also coauthored the article “Cultural Competence: Cincinnati Museum Center Broadening Community Engagement Strategies,” which was published in the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ Dimensions magazine. Ms. Norris holds a bachelor of science in business management from Hampton University and master of arts in management and leadership from Liberty University.
About Arts Consulting Group
ACG is the leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, strategic planning & community engagement, facilities & program planning, and other capacity building services for the arts and culture industry. Founded in 1997, ACG is a full-service firm that effectively works with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, universities, government agencies, and for-profit entities that operate in the creative industries. The firm takes a contemporary approach to client challenges and opportunities focused on growing institutions, advancing arts and culture, and enhancing communities. ACG team members have leadership experience in every artistic and cultural discipline and they seamlessly adapt to clients’ rapidly changing strategies, business models, and operating environments. The firm currently has locations in Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit ArtsConsulting.com or contact info@ArtsConsulting.com or (888) 234.4236.