MAURICE A. STINNETT
Back in July, Stinnett became the first black man to be appointed as vice president of Diversity and Inclusion at an NBA team with BSE Global. The company—which was formerly known as Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment Global—develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, including the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, NHL’s New York Islanders, and the Barclays Center. Besides Stinnett, there are just two other positions like this at the NBA team level, both held by African American women: Gail O’Bannon, the vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for the Dallas Mavericks, and Atlanta Hawks Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Nzinga Shaw, who became the NBA’s first-ever diversity chief in 2014.
As the inaugural vice president for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture for BSE Global, Stinnett is responsible for creating innovative programming tailored for inclusion and cultural competence. He also provides leadership and support across multiple BSE’s brands. Since stepping into the role, he has established BSE Global’s Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Engagement (D.I.C.E.) Council At-Large. Its mission is to cultivate a work environment that fosters upward mobility, opportunities for advancement, and an even playing field for all employees. Ultimately, it “will ensure that we have the best practices regarding diversity and inclusion at the forefront of what we’re doing.”