Diane Hosey oversees philanthropic “reach out” for the Embrey Family Foundation, a small and mighty woman-led family foundation in Dallas, Texas. In her 12 years of working with Lauren Embrey and Sallie Beck, it has been her pleasure to support the organization’s artistic and social justice vision and mission to “expand awareness, explore possibilities and elevate consciousness.” Diane was the incubator and lead champion for Dallas Faces Race, an over-300-member nonprofit forum from 2013 to 2017. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Dallas Truth Racial Healing and Transformation.
Diane has been a teacher, an actor, an orchestrator and an activist. Sometimes she is all that rolled up in one. It just depends on the day.
As a breast cancer survivor of 35 years, Diane has found narrative and storytelling through art to be a powerful part of her healing. Through her experience and volunteerism as a white woman, she also came to understand the racial disparities that people of color diagnosed (or underdiagnosed) with breast cancer go through. Diane is interested in drawing on her own healing experience to make opportunities to heal through the arts more broadly available in Dallas. The working title of her current project is “Tell Her Story,” in which artists of many genres will work with women to listen and interpret their experiences through their modality of choice. The event will support a local nonprofit working to bridge the gap of relevant services and support, and will bring more data into the conversation about ongoing institutionalized inequity in health care for people diagnosed with breast cancer.