BINTA NIAMBI BROWN

FORMER SR. FELLOW AT HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT; WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM YOUNG GLOCAL LEADER; CORPORATE ADVISOR; ENTREPRENEUR


BIOGRAPHY

Binta Niambi Brown is the Founder of B|G Mouth Records LLC, a startup that is innovating a new business model for the music industry, and manages Grammy Award winning singer Grace Weber.  A former corporate lawyer at each of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Kirkland & Ellis (where she was a partner), Binta has advised global entertainment and media companies such as Dreamworks, Time Warner, Universal, the Washington Post Co., HBO, AOL and IAC. She has robust public policy experience (having advised the White House, a former presidential candidate, and several governors and US senators), and has advised many technology companies including 2U Inc., which IPOed on the Nasdaq in 2014.  

She holds leadership roles in the SummerStage Music Festival (New York) and the American Theatre Wing, and is a trustee or board member of each of the American Theatre Wing, New York City Parks Foundation, Barnard College, Columbia University, and is an advisor to the New York Philharmonic.  

 She has been recognized by emPOWER/Financial Times as #8 on its list of the 100 most prominent minority business executives globally, as a Fortune 40 Under 40 Business Leader, the Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Crain’s New York 40 under 40, JET Magazine 40 under 40, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.  She has been featured in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, on CNN, the BBC and on NPR.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Columbia University School of Law, Binta was also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business and Government. 


TESTIMONIALS

"It was wonderful to have Binta with us. She was so refreshingly authentic and thoughtful. She has a great sense of humor and she used this to engage her audiences effectively. We were all completely struck by her perspective and the research she had done on our program. I can't begin to tell you how much great feedback we've received from the students.” -Dartmouth College

"The feedback from the attendees have  been overwhelmingly positive." -BNP Paribas

"Binta was absolutely the PERFECT pick for our event. She received high remarks from our students (especially those who got to spend time with her during our leadership dinner) but also administration, faculty, staff, and alumni present for our event. Very gracious, grounded and able to bring a message that provided intellectual discourse that we love.” -Carnegie Mellon University

"She posed thought-provoking questions and left students with memorable messages to ponder, to keep mining for lessons in the days and weeks after. I'd gladly invite her to speak again, no matter the listener, because she is clearly always mindful of who that is and what they will take away.” 
-Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice

"Binta never goes into anything halfway...She has this inner toughness that's always questioning and challenging.” -Young and Rubicam


LECTURE TOPICS

Know Your Name: Modern Day Identity

With the plethora of information today (over 90% of the world’s data was generated over the past two years) and the accessibility of media, it can be easy for you to forget your name. Not in the literal sense, of course, but who you are as a person—your heritage, values and sense of self. In this original talk, Binta Brown discusses the reality of today’s extremely globalized and digitalized world, and its impact on one’s development of ideals and perception. Binta’s eye-opening insights strike a balance between promoting individuality while embracing the diversity of today’s natural order.

The Role of Women of Color in Business, Government and Global Citizenship

“Since society can only be so great as the sum of all of its parts, we actually have no choice but to unleash the capacity and the potential of every part of society, in particular the power of women.” With this groundbreaking idea, Binta Brown begins a journey into the constantly disruptive role of women in modern-day society. Referencing historical examples as well as her personal background, Binta reviews what made historical certain events and people game-changers for women, and what steps must be taken to elevate female influence in politics, business, education and society to the next level.