Jan 18, 2022 - News

Screen Time with Derrell Acon of Opera Philadelphia

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Derrell Acon is driving efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at Opera Philadelphia.

State of play: Acon took up the new position of vice president of people operations and inclusion at the company this month, where he will promote an anti-racist workplace culture, help direct staffing goals and strategies, and more. But his talents go far beyond human resources.

We asked Acon to open up about how he uses his phone for work and for fun as part of our recurring Screen Time series. Read on for his picks:

📱 Device of choice: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

📩 Most-used app: Gmail and TikTok.

ğŸŽ§ Podcast queue: "Not a podcast guy. If I were, the first stop would be 'TRILLOQUY' curated/hosted by friend and colleague Garrett McQueen!"

💣 Favorite non-work app: Minesweeper.

⏯ Currently streaming: "How to Get Away With Murder."

📚 Reading list: "About a thousand articles and essays on various topics ranging from 19th-century opera to Black sexual politics."

ğŸŽµ On rotation: Daniel Caesar, Sigur Rós and Lloyiso.

ğŸŽ¾ How you unplug: Tennis and dancing.

ğŸŽ¥ What is your top tip for opera-goers? "Subscribe to the Opera Philadelphia Channel!"

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