Dramatic Diversity's professional and diverse facilitation team include individuals with a wealth of knowledge and facilitation experience. Below are some sample bios from our team:
- MFA, RDT, PsyD
Director of Facilitation
VP Expressive Arts Therapies - Institute for Therapy through the Arts. Drama Therapist: PsyD Chicago School of Professional Psychology; MFA, DePaul University, BA, Indiana University; professional playwright with television, stage and radio credits; former dramaturg and faculty member at the Raven Theatre; Diversity Facilitator for several Fortune 500 companies; Director of Project START; Director of Development for Eclipse Theatre; actor and director; member, American Psychological Association, Illinois Psychological Association and National Association of Drama Therapists. Central Region representative for NADT; adjunct faculty at DePaul University and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Ms. Mary Morten
- President, Morten Group
Ms. Morten brings over 18 years of experience in community organizing and coalition building on agendas such as violence prevention and economic development. She has worked at the local, state and federal level to implement initiatives of not-for-profit & government agencies.
Ms. Morten is currently the President of Morten Group (MG), a consulting firm specializing in social change through public policy and advocacy. MG develops and coordinates strategies for policy and advocacy activities, and includes coalition development, trainings on diversity and public policy initiatives, strategic board development, and high-impact media relations.
Ms. Morten is the immediate past Director of the Office of Violence Prevention for the Chicago Department of Public Health. Prior to this position, Ms. Morten was an appointee for Mayor Richard M. Daley and served as the Director/Liaison for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. In 1999, Ms. Morten was named to Crain’s Chicago Business Annual 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes outstanding leadership and accomplishments by individuals under 40 years of age.
- President, Hunter Miller Group
Ethnic market specialist Pepper Miller founded The Hunter-Miller Group (HMG), a consumer research, trend analysis and marketing strategy company, in 1985 and since then, has been helping Fortune 500 companies understand how to market their products and messages to the multicultural consumer market with an emphasis toward the African-American market. Corporate clients include: American Airlines, Dr Pepper, General Motors, Hallmark, Texaco, Red Lobster, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and not for profit organizations including the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. HMG also is sought after by advertising agencies, including Young & Rubicam-New York, BBDO-Chicago, Burrell Communications, The Chisholm-Mingo Group, Footsteps, Spike DDB, Carol H Williams, Uniworld and more.
Additionally , HMG has a great deal of experience with the financial services industry. HMG helped Allstate identity an African-American agency, and Pepper has been a guest speaker at Wells Fargo's 2003 Ethnic Summit, and has conducted financial services studies for Bank One, State Farm, Shorebank and Allstate.
As a member of Team Census, HMG was among the six ad agencies and three research companies to receive the David Ogilvy Research Award for the Census 2000 advertising Campaign.
HMG publishes "Market Snapshot,"™ a monthly statistical electronic bulletin focused on ethnic consumers; each issue examines one topic in detail. In addition, Pepper has authored influential articles for trade publications and popular magazines including The Wall Street Journal
, Advertising Age
, Quirks Marketing Research Review
, and Marketing News
, and she is often quoted in the DiversityInc.com newsletter. Moreover, she has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences across the country for The Strategic Research Institute of New York, The Chicago American Marketing Association, Rutgers University, and Minority Opportunities in Black Entertainment (MOBE).
Due to the low awareness of market research opportunities among the African-American population, Pepper established the Ruth C. Hunter Market Research Scholarship Fund at DePaul University to expose and encourage African-American students to consider market research as a career option.