BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media. The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community. The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.
Vanya G. Allen, Esq.
As Senior Trusted Advisor, Vanya provides advice to IBM executive management in the Business Partner Ecosystem in the execution of a global risk based strategy. She assesses the effectiveness of process design and execution and the controls system for managing current and emerging risks. She is responsible for the worldwide review of remediation actions for breach of contract, fraud, and process violations alleged against business partners. Prior to her current role, Attorney Allen has served in various compliance and financial advisory and support roles throughout her IBM career.
Allen is a Certified Fraud Examiner and sole practitioner of a boutique law firm representing entertainment and business clients on intellectual property, contract and business related matters.
Her professional affiliations include the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the North Carolina 16th Judicial District Bar – Durham County, the Durham County Bar Association and the Durham Bar Foundation, Inc. She is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Ms. Allen is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and serves on its International Risk Management Task Force. Additional board service includes the Ivy Community Service Foundation of Cary, Inc. (Treasurer).
In 2013, Vanya was the recipient of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association “Achiever” Award. She is a graduate of Hampton University (B.S. in Accounting), The College of William & Mary in Virginia (M.B.A.) and North Carolina Central University School of Law (JD.)