(Left to Right): 
Lawrence C. Hinkle II, Matthew J. Middleton, Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard, L.A. Reid, Leron E. Rogers, Lita T. Rosario, Emily M. Dickens, Brian K. Broughton, and Elke F. Suber at the 2016 BESLA Mid-Year conference.

Last week, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association held their Mid-Year conference at Fordham Law School with an incredible line-up of Entertainment and Sports Executives, including DeMaurice Smith (Executive Director, NFLPA),  Michele Roberts (Executive Director, NBPA), and honorary speaker L.A. Reid (CEO of Epic Records), among others.

Matthew J. Middleton hosted a "One on One" with L.A. Reid that presented a very honest perspective of what is required while working within entertainment. He also emphasized his respect for lawyers within the industry.

The first panel discussion "Navigating A Career In Entertainment and Sports" included Lori Aiken (Chief Talent Officer, Sony Pictures), Kerry Chandler (Chief Human Resources Officer, Under Armour), Jim Jones (SVP, Education and Diversity Solutions, NAMIC), and was moderated by Endi Piper (TV One).

Senior legal and business executives shared their insights on the "General Counsel's Roundtable" panel that included Antonious Porch (General Counsel, Shazam), Endi Piper (SVP, Business and Legal Affairs,TV One), Keyes Hill-Edgar (EVP, Business Affairs, and General Counsel, Viacom Media Networks), and was moderated by Derek Jackson (Under Armour).

 Executives DeMaurice Smith (Executive Director, NFLPA), and Michele Roberts (Executive Director, NBPA) spoke frankly about "Running a Major Sports Union" in a discussion moderated by Kenneth Shropshire (Wharton Sports Business Initiative).

The packed room was full of insight. Elke Suber moderated the discussion of "The Impact on Digital Media on Sports Broadcasting, Sports Marketing, and Entertainment Content Distribution" with Carlos Fleming (SVP, Talent Management, WME/IMG), Reggie Williams (CEO, Ambrosia of Heads),  Eve Wright (SVP, US Sports Marketing, Unscripted), and Mason Ashe (President, Ashe Sports & Entertainment Consulting).
Visit to see more about the 2016 Mid-Year conference and upcoming 2016 BESLA events.

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