Speaker Bio

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Norman Nixon
Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy; Retired Professional Basketball Player (NBA)

Renowned as one of the greatest talents to ever play in the NBA, Norm Nixon off the court is an accomplished businessman and humanitarian. Mr. Nixon retired from the NBA in 1989, after making history as a two-time All-Star and member of two NBA world championships as a Los Angeles Laker. Since then, he has made impressive strides in business. An accomplished sports and entertainment agent, Mr. Nixon has negotiated more than $200 million in contracts for the likes of Seattle Seahawks’ Peter Warwick, Al Wilson of the Denver Broncos, recording artists TLC, rapper/actor LL Cool J, and director/actress/choreographer Debbie Allen.

Mr. Nixon has also made his mark as a stage and television producer. Credits include the award-winning, all-black Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He is also co-founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and served as executive producer of the Debbie Allen-James Ingram collaboration Brothers of the Night, and the Emmy nominated The Debbie Allen Special. An activist and philanthropist, Mr. Nixon was Instrumental in the passage California Senate Bill no. 19, which replaced sodas with water and juice in school vending machines. He has also collaborated with the Hilton corporation to encourage minority ownership and franchise opportunities.

Nixon is married to actress, director, producer, choreographer, singer and stage star Debbie Allen. He has three children sons DeVaughn and Norman Jr. and daughter Vivian Nicole.