BESLA to Host Mid-Year Conference at Fordham University; L.A. Reid to Serve as Guest Speaker

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LA ReidThis year, Black Entertainment & Sports Law Association (BESLA) is set to hold its Mid-Year Conference at Fordham University in NYC.

According to its website, BESLA “empowers by providing access to key industry influencers and innovators through premiere programming and opportunities.” Some of those influencers and innovators are scheduled to speak at the upcoming event, which will take place on Monday, April 4, at Fordham University in NYC.

Veteran record executive and producer L.A. Reid (Antonio Reid), who rose to stardom in the 90s as co-founder of LaFace records, is one of them. A production team that included record executive and singer-songwriter Babyface (Kenneth Edmonds), the duo helped launch and foster numerous top-selling artists including Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, TLC and Outkast, among others. At the event, he will speak about the music industry.  

“BESLA is incredibly excited and honored to have DeMaurice Smith and Michele Roberts headline the luncheon roundtable during this year’s mid-year conference,” shared the conference’s Co-chair Derek Jackson, Managing Counsel & VP of Business Affairs, Sports Marketing for Under Armour. “Both have used their legal backgrounds to become two of the most important and influential people in the sports industry, so conference attendees will benefit greatly from having a chance to interact with them and learn about some of their keys to success.”

“As we fulfill our mission at BESLA, by striving to empower our members and provide access to key influencers, what better way is there to achieve this than offering an up close and personal discussion with one of the music industry’s legendary producers and record label executives, Mr. Antonio “LA” Reid, the man who has discovered some of the biggest pop stars on the planet,” says conference Co-chair of Matthew J. Middleton Law, P.C.

Other scheduled guests and panelists include Keith Clinkscales (CEO of Revolt TV & Media), Keyes Hill-Edgar (EVP of Business Affairs and General Counsel, Viacom Media Networks), Carlos Fleming (VP of Talent Management, WME/IMG), Kenny Chandler (Chief Human Resources Officer, Under Armour) and Lori Aken (Sr. Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition and learning, Sony Pictures.