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Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Oak View Group, the largest developer of sports and live entertainment venues in the world. An award-winning DEI practitioner, she is recognized for her contributions as a race and gender studies scholar, educator, and strategist. With a robust background in DEI research and consulting, Dr. Oates-Primus has provided inclusive strategic vision and intentional value and goal setting across a variety of organizations. Her expertise and dedication to fostering diverse and inclusive environments have positioned her as a key figure in the advancement of DEI initiatives within the industry.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus’ unconventional journey into a leadership role within sports media and entertainment
  • The importance of social capital and networking for underrepresented professionals in academia
  • Challenges and opportunities in AI implementation in sports and entertainment
  • What does a comprehensive DEI program look like?
  • Leveraging data to demonstrate impact and track progress in DEI efforts
  • Why it’s crucial for senior leadership to own their role in DEI efforts
  • How Dr. Oates-Primus learned to embrace their authentic identity in academia
  • The value of creating spaces where people of color can bring their full selves
  • Creating a thriving workforce through employee engagement

In this episode…

How can leaders in the sports and entertainment industries turn the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion into actionable realities? What does it take to shift from academic theory to impactful practice in these dynamic fields?

According to Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus, it requires a deep understanding of systemic inequities, a robust foundation in academic knowledge, and the courage to apply these insights in new contexts. Drawing from her journey through academia, a challenging battle with breast cancer, and her unyielding commitment to DEI, Dr. Oates-Primus emphasizes the importance of transparency, data-driven strategies, and the power of personal resilience. Her approach blends rigorous scholarly foundations with innovative strategies tailored for the unique ecosystems of sports, media, and entertainment, demonstrating that transformation is possible with dedication and insight.

In this episode of WRK & WIN, Corinne Milien and Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Oak View Group, delve into the intricacies of bridging academic excellence with practical DEI initiatives. They discuss the transition from academia to industry leadership, the role of data and transparency in fostering inclusion, and the importance of self-care for DEI practitioners.

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