BCE@Boston rescheduled for February 12

Now that a record-tying winter storm has passed, we have rescheduled our Boston-based portion of the BCE Conference ‘22 for Saturday, February 12. The guest speakers and schedule will otherwise remain the same, and we very much look forward to an insightful and engaging day for both our in-person and virtual audiences! Read more and register now.

Connecting today’s executives with tomorrow’s thought leaders…

The annual BCE Conference brings together executives, artists, producers, and entrepreneurs from various creative industries to discuss the key themes and dynamics that shape their professions. Through this hybrid experience, students, alumni, faculty and industry experts will gain insight to new ideas, and new connections with current and future leaders.

2022 Theme: "(dis)enfranchisement: Getting A Seat At The Table" 

We will discuss the legacy of exclusion in the creative industry. Rather than dwelling on the negative, we will show how to overcome these systemic obstacles and literally "get a seat at the table" and "be in the room where it happens.” In this bi-coastal, two-date event, we will gather scholars, industry executives, documentarians, community leaders, and creatives to tackle the concept of disenfranchisement through the lens of enfranchisement in the creative industry.

This two-part, hybrid event will take place on Emerson’s campuses—our beloved Boston on February 12, and the iconic Los Angeles on February 5. In-person attendance will be subject to each city’s covid-related policies. However, virtual participation will be available to anyone, anywhere.

For Boston events, times listed are in Eastern Standard Time; for Los Angeles events, times listed are in Pacific Standard Time.

What We’ll Discuss:

  • The street as a catalyst for new ideas in fashion and art
  • The power of creative independence and the struggles that come with it
  • For talent reps, the challenge of negotiating deals, developing relationships, and monitoring an ever-changing global market
  • Cryptocurrency and its disruptive and empowering origins
  • The role of cannabis in emerging business opportunities
  • Navigating the streaming world

Los Angeles Events, February 5

Opening Remarks: 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. PST

A Discussion on (dis)Enfranchisement (9:45 to 10:30 a.m.)


  • Doug Holloway '76 | Emerson Trustee and President of Homewood Media and UKW Media
  • Wes Jackson | Director of the BCE program

Keynote: Michael Traylor (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.)


  • Michael Traylor | Associate General Counsel at Meta
Michael Traylor is an digital entertainment and media executive and attorney with a long history of building, scaling and revitalizing businesses by embracing cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking. He has demonstrated success in modernizing business models and fostering strategic partnerships which are built to drive businesses into the next phases of success.

The Cannabis Industry (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)


The cannabis industry has been underground and turbulent for years. With modern legislation, cannabis enthusiasts have a seat at the table. Our mission is to highlight the role of cannabis in the future of healthcare, international trade, and impact investing, among the other emerging business opportunities.

The Tip of the Spear (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.)


  • Cecil White | Sports Agent & Executive, WME

Agents, managers, and reps are on the front lines of our world. They are indeed the tip of the spear. Negotiating deals, developing relationships, and monitoring an ever-changing global market are just some of a talent rep's challenges. In this conversation, we will speak one on one with WME's Cecil White. How did we get here? What new perspectives are we missing? What lies ahead? We will get into all of that and more.

The Streaming World (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.)


  • Ryan Hobbs | Senior Director, Artist Relations at Pandora

A look under the hood: Streaming services have combined the radio station, record store, distributor and even the magazine into one platform. How does the artist or content creator navigate this world and maximize their impact?

Boston Events, February 12

Opening Remarks and Introductions: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. EST

Keynote: Christina Norman (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.)


As an accomplished creative executive, Christina Norman has launched, transformed, led, and grown brands and businesses. Currently, she serves as a Creative Advisor to Level Forward, a new-breed entertainment company producing multi-platform stories to drive industry and economic transformation.

Street Art for Social Change (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)


The culture of the streets has a bigger role than ever before in the worlds of fashion and art. Streetwear has taken over the fashion world, and a rise in popularity for graffiti has led to brand collaborations for artists who began their careers tagging train cars. In this panel we will discuss how the streets are serving as a catalyst for new ideas in fashion and art, an opportunity creates for disenfranchised creative.

Crypto (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.)


  • Shira Frank | Founder and Director of Maiden
  • Others TBA

​​Cryptocurrency is all the rage, but do people understand its disruptive and empowering origins? With the realization that the current banking system has been used as a tool of exclusion and disempowerment, crypto was created to even the playing field and shake things up. We will discuss how an understanding of crypto and modern finance tools can solve the age-old problem of undercapitalization.

Independent Music Artists (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.)


  • Rob Kenner | Author of the NYT bestseller, The Marathon Don’t Stop; Director of De La Soul Is Not Dead; Founder of Boomshots Media
  • Jonah Rappaport | A&R Research Manager at 300 Entertainment

The music industry has been dominated by major labels for decades. A new generation of innovative companies has fundamentally changed an artist's ability to distribute their content. We will discuss the power of being independent, why independence matters, and the struggles that come with being an independent musician in the music business.

Keynote: Lorrie Boula (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.)


Lorrie Boula is a 20+ year veteran of the music and entertainment industries. Ten years ago she started her work in the world of street art and continued to work with musicians. She is now president and founder of Soul Kitchen Music, an artist management company that represents Chuck D, Mark Jenkins, Public Enemy and DJ Lord, among others.