March 02, 2021

Diversity Committee

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries

The goal of the Diversity Committee is to create an inviting and welcoming environment within the Forum for diverse members by addressing their unique needs and providing quality opportunities for their increase involvement and pathways to leadership.

Diversity & Inclusion Chair,
Neeta Ragoowansi,
SVP, NPREX and Global Co-Chair, Women in Music, New York, NY

Fiscal Year 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

During the Forum's 2020 conference, the plenary sessions focused on civil rights and social justice in the entertainment and sports industries and presented the following sessions:

Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues and Responsibilities in the Entertainment Industries

This plenary session gatheres legal thought leaders and advocates to discuss and dissect the evolving role of civil rights and social justice in the entertainment industry. The expert panel assessed and analyzed the legacy and historical challenges of social activism in the entertainment industries, inequities in legal and commercial business structures, and the roles of counsel advising individual and corporate clients navigating this complicated but compelling and crucial terrain. With issues ranging from leadership diversity and workplace initiatives, to police and community relationships, to building cultures of inclusion and accountability, this panel dialogue assessed recent high-profile activism in music, television, film, theater, literature, as well as the role of talent, production, and companies in engaging in civil discourse and action on matters of prejudice, bias, discrimination and abuse.

Lead Facilitator
Neeta Ragoowansi,
Diversity & Inclusion Chair, ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, SVP, NPREX and Global Co-Chair, Women in Music, New York, NY

Speakers:

  • Binta Niambi Brown,
    Co-President, Black Music Action Coalition & Founder, Omalilly Projects, New York, NY
  • Jeff Harleston,
    General Counsel & EVP, Legal and Business Affairs, Universal Music Group, Santa Monica, CA
  • Brian Mencher,
    General Counsel, Global Citizen, New York, NY
  • Vernā Myers,
    Vice President, Inclusion Strategy, Netflix, Los Gatos, CA

This is available as an OnDemand product at: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/ecd/ondemand/405723971/

From Play to Platform: Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues and Responsibilities in Sports

On the cusp of a new decade, this plenary session gathered legal thought leaders and advocates to discuss and dissect the evolving role of civil rights and social justice issues in the industry of sports. The expert panel assessed the legacy of social activism in sports, its effects on commercial business, and the roles of counsel advising individual and corporate clients navigating this complicated but compelling terrain. With issues ranging from diversity of leadership to police and community relationships to cultures of inclusion, panel dialogue assessed recent high-profile incidents of social activism in sports, as well as the role of individual athletes and their teams, leagues and companies in engaging in civil discourse and action on matters of prejudice and discrimination.

Lead Facilitator
LaKeisha Marsh,
Chair of Higher Education and Collegiate Athletics, Akerman, Chicago, IL

Speakers:

  • Jim Rooney,
    Owner and Founder, Rooney Consulting, Lakemoor, IL
  • N. Jeremi Duru,
    Of Counsel, Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation and Professor of Law, American University, Washington, DC

This session is available as a free OnDemand product for ABA members at: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/ecd/ondemand/405519796/