The Broadway League has selected Gennean Scott as Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on July 6, 2021.
For the past 20 years, Ms. Scott has been committed to fostering inclusion and equity by implementing various racial and social justice initiatives in community organizations and professionally in the nonprofit and education sectors. Ms. Scott most recently served as Vice President of Human Capital and Inclusion at Omaha Performing Arts, where she led and created equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and programs. She also provided ongoing training programs to staff and volunteers and conceived and spearheaded programs that increased and retained BIPOC staff, exceeding national standards. Her strategies have led to the creation of the monthly Voices Amplified series, focusing on multidisciplinary arts and social justice initiatives to amplify artists in diverse cultures. In addition, Ms. Scott previously founded and directed a nonprofit dance school to promote equity in the arts for Omaha youth.
A former dancer, Ms. Scott currently serves as a keynote speaker, facilitator, trainer, and consultant for organizations and businesses that want to promote an inclusive work environment for their staff and customers. As a co-founder of the Black Arts Leadership Alliance—a network of black professionals in the Midwest dedicated to empowering, training, recruiting, and retaining African Americans/Blacks in arts administration—she helped the organization establish a strategic vision for growth. A member of Women of Color in the Arts and the Non-Profit Association of the Midlands, she also serves as a co-founder of the Nebraska Association of African American Human Resources Professionals and as local Chair of The Arts for The Links Incorporated. Ms. Scott holds a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Nebraska - Omaha.
In making the announcement, President Charlotte. St. Martin said, “We are so thrilled to have Gennean join The Broadway League. With 20 years of experience and a lifelong passion for the arts, she will be a crucial member of the team as Broadway returns and we keep doing the work to achieve equity and inclusion and creating a workforce that reflects our communities and our country. As we look to the future, we want to continue to expand our existing programs, provide even greater access, and forge more partnerships with diverse audiences so Broadway can come back better and stronger than before.”
"It is important in our industry that all voices are seen and heard,” said Ms. Scott. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work together and affect change to create a more equitable and inclusive Broadway.”
“Congratulations to Gennean Scott on her appointment as the inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” said ACG Senior Vice President Wyona Lynch-McWhite. “It was a privilege to work with the Broadway League board and senior leadership team during such a pivotal time for the organization and the theater industry. Ms. Scott’s vision and steadfast dedication to diversity and equity will certainly help the organization foster change and lead the way in creating a more inclusive workforce for Broadway.”