Sharif Drinkard Khadijah 2018
Milken Scholar 1989
Scholar Profile

Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard



Khadijah is Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Viacom Media Networks where she oversees the business and legal affairs team for BET Networks. She started her career at Viacom upon graduating from Columbia where she worked in Nickelodeon’s Talent and Production Department and later returned upon completion of law school as an attorney in 1997. Khadijah previously served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel for BET where she led the New York Business and Legal Affairs office. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and Vice President of the Columbia College Women’s board. She received her law degree from Fordham University and her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. Khadijah wrote a chapter on her life for a book entitled, “Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak,” which was published by Beacon Press in 2005. The book honors American Muslim women under 40.

High school:  A. Philip Randolph Campus High School


College Year Degree
Columbia University
New York, NY
1993 B.A. Political Science
Fordham University
New York, NY
1997 J.D. Law

News and Highlights

Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard (MS '89)

A Better World for All: Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard, MS '89, was promoted to Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Viacom Media Networks! Fordham Law celebrated Khadijah’s achievement and her commitment to public service in a featured article, honoring 100 years of women at Fordham Law.

Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard (MS '89)

All-Star Alum: Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard, MS '89 is changing things up in the Entertainment Industry. Leveraging her role as VP, Associate General Counsel for Viacom Media Networks and BET Networks, Khadijah is working to reduce misogyny, promote diversity, and highlight people of color to inspire the next generation. Her accomplishments were highlighted in Columbia's College Today Alumni Newsletter

Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard (MS '89)

Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard, MS '89 was honored to receive the Muslim Bar Association of New York's Corporate Counsel of the Year Award at the New York Hilton Hotel on May 10th. She was joined by a wonderful group of family, friends, and colleagues from Viacom. Congratulations Khadijah!

Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard (MS '89)

Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard was featured in Columbia's College Today Alumni Newsletter. Khadijah is the VP, associate general counsel for Viacom Media Networks and BET Networks.