Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-Conference Seminar 

CORYPHÉE: Leading for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Ballet 

July 7-8, 2019

Facilitated by Ms. Tammy Bormann

TAMMY L. BORMANN

Principal, The TLB Collective

The TLB Collective is committed to dismantling racism through knowledge, dialogue and systemic change. Tammy began her life’s work in 1986 with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) in the Greater Boston office. She subsequently became the first woman to serve as NCCJ’s National Vice President for Programs.  Working in partnership with fellow consultants in the TLB Collective, Tammy researches, designs and facilitates dialogue-based organizational change processes that disseminate knowledge and equip individuals and organizations with the analytical tools they need to identify and dismantle inequitable systems. Tammy frequently trains others to design and facilitate meaningful dialogue processes that invite deep learning, collective reflection and informed action. The TLB Collective also facilitates strategic planning and organizational culture change initiatives and mentors leaders who embrace equitable and inclusive leadership practices.

Over 32 years, Tammy has worked with a wide variety of clients nationally and internationally including private foundations; not-for-profit organizations; arts institutions; universities, colleges, and seminaries; churches, synagogues and other faith-based organizations; corporations and NGOs. Some of her clients include: New York City Ballet, Loretto Senior Healthcare, The State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Bosque Redondo Memorial, Goucher College, Montclair University, PointMade Films, the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, Dance|USA, the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, among many others. Tammy has chaired the Board of Directors of the international dance company Urban Bush Women (UBW) since 2006. In this capacity, she has trained UBW dancers to employ dialogue processes in their performance work and social justice community engagement programs, pursuing the UBW vision to use “movement to build a movement.” She has twice served as a mentor with the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training and facilitated a National Voices panel on Race in Dance for the annual Dance/NYC symposium in 2015.

Tammy is one of four women on the Design and Facilitation Team for THE EQUITY PROJECT: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet, a three-year initiative sponsored by Dance Theatre of Harlem, The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), and Dance/USA and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Launched in 2018, The Equity Project brings together a cohort of artistic and executive leaders from 21 large budget, professional ballet organizations for in-person convenings and coaching, with the purpose of increasing the presence of blacks in all areas of the ballet industry. Tammy works extensively in the museum field, having served as a member of the design team for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and, since 2008, as a dialogue consultant with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the only global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. With the Coalition, she has trained more than 50 national and international museums to design and lead meaningful public dialogue programs around human rights and social justice issues. In 2016-2017, she served as the dialogue consultant for the Coalition’s national initiative, Brown v. Board to Ferguson: Fostering Dialogue on Education, Incarceration and Civil Rights. In 2017, she designed and facilitated a Coalition conference in Entebbe, Uganda to prepare South Sudanese civil society leaders to facilitate community-based dialogue for transitional justice across South Sudan.

Tammy earned her BA in French and Communication Studies from Muhlenberg College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She chairs the boards of Urban Bush Women and Arts Horizons, an arts-in-education organization, and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College. She is a former chair of the Myhelan Cultural Art Center, a community center dedicated to using the visual and performing arts to build cross-cultural understanding nationally and internationally. Tammy is a member of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation and Within Our Lifetime, a national network of scholars and practitioners working to end racism within our lifetime. She is a recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award from the New Jersey Boy Scouts of America.