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Panel Discussion: Black & Latino Athletes | Black & Latino Professionals (Part 2)
Continuing the conversation around connecting athletes of color with professionals of color. 
Legacy Business Advisors' CEO Taneshia Nash Laird was once again a panelist for Catalyst Network Foundation, this time in Washington, DC. “Sports Industry: Black & Latino Athletes | Black & Latino Professionals” at the Park in Washington, DC. The panel discussion centered around pressures faced by Black & Latino athletes in mainstream American sports culture how to foster business relationships between the Black & Latino athletes and professionals.
Taneshia shared her experiences working with active and retired pro athletes on business ventures and real estate developments as well as her recent relationship with Ed O’Bannon via the Athletes Economic Alliance. A retired pro basketball player and MVP of the 1995 NCAA Men's Championship game, O’Bannon is the lead plaintiff in an antitrust class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association for compensation for college athletes for use of their likeness for commercial purposes. The court found for O'Bannon, holding that the NCAA's rules and bylaws operate as an unreasonable restraint of trade, in violation of antitrust law.
In the picture at the top of this blog post are, from left to right:
  • Trey Barnette, Branch Manager, Robert Half International and Director of Professional Development at Catalyst Network Foundation Inc.
  • Rodney Thomas, President of Dimensional Sports Inc., a running back in his undergrad years at Harvard University
  • Taneshia Nash Laird, CEO and Founder, Legacy Business Advisors, consultants to social entrepreneurs and to government agencies and corporations for community economic development strategies
  • Cyril Djoukeng, Esq., a litigation and Sports attorney at Covington & Burling LLP, Co-Author of Publication: “A Short History of NFL Labor Disputes,” Delaware Lawyer, Winter 2012/Winter 2013 issue and captain of the NCAA Division 1 Nicholls State University’s basketball team in his undergrad years
  • Dawn L. Ridley, sports industry veteran, founder and President of Ridley & Associates LLC and the company and a faculty member at Georgetown University.
The event was co-presented by the Washington D.C. Chapters of:
National Black MBA Association
The National Urban League
Washington Bar Association
National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division (GWAC)