Programming and Events
BESLA organizes several events throughout the year. A portion of the net proceeds from each of these events helps to support our student scholarship initiatives and fund the operation of BESLA.
In 2015, BESLA experienced another remarkable and noteworthy year.
First, we continued to expand our programming. We hosted regional events in cities across the United States, and we held successful Mid-Year Conference in New York City. In addition, we continued to strengthen and build our ties with organizations like National Bar Association – Sports and Entertainment Law Section, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council. We expanded our outreach and partnerships with law schools. Importantly, we had a presence at critical events by hosting BESLA programming in connection with events like the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, DC. All of these efforts has allowed us to expand our reach, and the opportunities for BESLA members to hear from industry experts, to network and to do business. Next, we provided new ways for our members to get directly involved with BESLA. In addition, to offering opportunities to serve on long-standing committees like our Scholarship and Programming Committees, we introduced new opportunities to serve on BESLA Practice Group Committees, and on our Regional and Mid-Year Event Committees.
2015 IN REVIEW
BESLA’s regional professional development panels and networking events bring together our members and top-level industry professionals to build mutually benefi cial connections. These events cover relevant legal and business issues in entertainment, sports and related industries.
In 2015, BESLA hosted four regional events. The fi rst event was held in March in Atlanta, Georgia. The Film/TV Finance Panel and Mixer were held at the offi ces of Kilpatrick Stockton and was followed two days later with a VIP Ultimate Driving Experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted by BMW. AƩ endees drove BMWs on the track and were treated to a meal prepared by celebrity chef Roble’.
In May, BESLA hosted its Mid-Year Conference in New York City at Fordham University Law School. The day-long event featured a diverse array of panelists on six panels with a special lunchtime presentation, “Lessons from the “C” Suite” featuring BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee and David Rone, President, Time Warner Cable Networks & Time Warner Sports Networks. Later that evening BMW hosted a networking reception at their fl agship location on 57th Street.
In July, BESLA hosted its annual joint panel and mixer with the National Bar Association at its 90th Annual Convention in Los Angeles, CA. BESLA former executive director Kendall Minter was honored.
For the third consecutive year, BESLA hosted a panel and networking mixer in the nation’s capital—Washington D.C.—during the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. Hosted at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, the event featured two panels which focused on issues related to copyrights, digital renumeration and hot topics in sports.
ALL EVENTS WERE FREE OR OFFERED DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION FOR BESLA MEMBERS. THIS IS THANKS TO
THE SUPPORT OF OUR REGIONAL EVENT SPONSORS WHO HELP US BRING YEAR ROUND PROGRAMMING TO YOU.