Ellis became known for his leadership in equality and diversity in 2012, when UK Music launched its Equality and Diversity Music Charter, recognising his efforts on its website. During his PRS Chairmanship, Ellis introduced a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awareness committee. His CSR group included stakeholders Kanya King MBE, CEO and founder of Music Of Black Origin, the MOBO Organisation, Bevan Powell MBE, Black Police Association and Paulette Long OBE, and surveyed the diversity of the PRS Board, its staff and its membership. Ellis also championed interaction with MOBO, resulting in a multi-year partnership with PRS, which led to engagement with a more diverse membership base. Outside of work, Ellis has given various seminars on all aspects of the music industry, and toured the Caribbean twice, explaining European copyright and how artists and composers can promote and administer their music in Europe. Ellis is also currently Chairman of the Trustees of Small Green Shoots, a registered charity supporting disadvantaged youth. Ellis was awarded with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services To Music Publishing and also conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Of Music. He was also awarded the Cannes Music Summit Award at Midem, France.
Big Mouth Records was founded in part to address historic inequities in the music industry; they respond to, and interview every single application without regard to race, ethnicity, gender or class. They have a strong belief in mentorship and start working with folks early in their college careers, developing them and bringing them closer to the business, teaching, guiding and supporting them. As a result, 75% of their interns have been black and 90% have been women. Externally Binta holds a number of roles of that help to promote inclusion for the BAME community, including; as a Trustee, Barnard College, Columbia University, Trustee of the American Theatre Wing, Trustee of the New York City Parks Foundation, and on the Board of Advocates, Human Rights First. Additionally she has been listed as a Fortune 40 under 40 Business Leader, a Crains 40 under 40, JET Magazine 40 under 40 and The Roots 100 Most Influential African Americans. She also regularly writes and interviews in publications that target BAME people and is a regular public speaker, both to BAME groups at fortune 100 corporates and to BAME groups and leading schools and universities, including most recently at Harvard Business School.
A 17-year veteran of the league office, Mark is responsible for the NBA’s business operations, including leading the NBA’s international efforts. Mark also leads the NBA’s Global Inclusion Council, which is made up of league senior leaders and team representatives, to guide their diversity and inclusion efforts. The council creates benchmarks and processes that measure, evaluate and share how teams can create diverse and inclusive environments. Externally, Mark serves as a trustee at the Princeton Day School and is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a national organization that empowers African-American corporate leaders to make significant and impactful contributions in the global marketplace and their communities. He is also on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and the Harvard Business School Club of New York Board, is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Board of Directors for USA Basketball, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board and Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors for The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Outside of these organizations, he mentors several young people introduced to him via his personal and professional networks.