Dejanae Gibson

Buckler has served as the bridge between the WarnerMedia News and Sports’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office and Turner Sports/Bleacher Report, crafting the organization’s DEI plan so that it aligned with company policy while addressing the particular needs of the division. She manages the Sports DEI Task Force, which meets biweekly to assess progress and opportunities. But her expertise is not limited to the wide world of sports. Ten months ago, she became project lead of the Leadership Development Action Council, a global, cross-divisional team formed to execute on short-term priorities in chairman Jeff Zucker’s DEI Action Plan. Through that work, she’s taken the reins on a mentorship program that is a model for others and impacts 50 mentors and mentees across the US and London. Like everyone else, she’s ready for COVID-19 to be a thing of the past, though she appreciates the refined work-life balance it brought. Buckler traveled the US by car over the last year, staying in short-term rentals and exploring national parks on the weekends. She also loves the office, and hopes to see a world “where we can translate some of the equity we’ve built while at home—we are no longer limited by conference room size, for example, when determining who can join a meeting” to the office. “I’m very focused on making sure returning to the office does not mean that certain groups feel less capable, less seen, or marginalized in any way.”

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