Druley oversaw the look and feel of SEC Network from inception to its first day on the air. She hired Tim Tebow and Brent Musburger, along with other veteran and rising star on-air commentators. “I’m inspired by the spirit of teamwork that is part of the fabric of ESPN’s culture,” she says.

 

What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?

Trust. You need to have the ability to talk about anything and everything.

 

What/who inspires you at work? What/who inspires you outside the office?

At work, I am inspired by the spirit of teamwork that is part of the fabric of ESPN’s culture.  It is amazing to see how dedicated people are to getting something done. Whether it is launching a network, covering a game or producing a show, everyone is all in. Outside of the office, I am inspired by my mom. She is the most resilient person I know. Her ability to weather more than one storm in life is truly inspiring. She is also my best friend.

Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?

I’m not sure that real balance is achievable. But I think to have any chance to find it, you have to trust your team. You have to trust that your leaders will do the right thing. That’s how I have been able to find more time for myself and get a little bit closer to balance.

 

Your favorite trick for unwinding?  

After work, sofa snuggles with Mr. Willoughby my 3-year-old Clumber Spaniel.

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