Chara-Lynn Aguiar

Since joining ESPN in March 2018, Aguiar has had an immediate impact on the company’s business strategy, particularly as it relates to its efforts in reaching a younger audience through esports. “Embracing diversity is something that ESPN does a good job of in front of and behind the camera—and across platforms—in an effort to better reach different audiences, both younger and more ethnically diverse,” she says.

What does your company/organization do to ensure all employees feel included?
A great example of continuing to push for inclusion at the company can be seen around our company priorities. We have a culture in which everyone is welcome (and strongly encouraged) to participate in executing upon our company priorities. Whether through internal processes like the Pitch-A-Thon, engaging with Employee Resource Groups, encouraging folks who are interested to joining sub-committees, or finding one-on-one time with priority champions to learn more about key issues and how people can help, there are plenty of opportunities for anyone across the organization to get involved in our company priorities if they’d like.

Can you share a successful diversity program at your company or one you’ve observed at another company or organization?
ESPN does a really good job with things like mentorship programs. We have one in particular, our MORE program, that has a diverse cohort of high performing leaders that gives them access and exposure to senior leaders at the company.

Which current television show/s best embrace diversity?
Embracing diversity is something that ESPN does a good job of in front of and behind the camera—and across platforms—in an effort to better reach different audiences, both younger and more ethnically diverse. Some of our newer offerings—some “traditional” like “High Noon,” some “non-traditional” like “SportsCenter” on Snapchat—are noteworthy for the mix of talent, producers and platforms involved in bringing those pieces of content to life.

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