Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
The Lakeland Magic believe sports have the ability to bridge divides and bring people together. Consequently, we are committed to driving awareness, creating change and cultivating an inclusive culture where everyone feels welcomed, valued and appreciated.
Esu Ma'at begins his second season with the Lakeland Magic, being named chief diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) officer in November 2020.
Ma'at's role with the team will be multi-dimensional, with a focus on integrating DE&I strategy with the Magic's business goals, along with the team's values and key performance indicators; attracting, engaging and retaining diverse talent; owning accountability for driving equity and belonging; and enhancing organizational culture, brand reputation and social impact.
Ma’at is a trans-disciplinary thought leader who has a distinguished track record of success, driving a 21st century vision for diversity, equity and inclusion. He will work closely with the Magic's executive leadership team and the entire staff, along with the team’s social justice task force, to implement a holistic and impactful DE&I strategy, bringing a powerful impact to the organization, the NBA and the Central Florida community.
Prior to joining the Magic, Ma'at created and led the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Eastern Diversity and Inclusion department. He serves as an advisory board member for the All-In Diversity Project, a London-based, non-profit organization focused on DEI indexing and worldwide standards. He was appointed to the Orlando Economic Partnership DEI Task Force in March and will begin serving as Class Chair for Leadership Orlando Class 101 this fall.
Ma’at earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master of science degree in sports management from Columbia University. He also completed his D&I training at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.