Lori LeBas

LeBas and her team have collaborated with the largest multichannel video distributors in the country and navigated multiple implementation deliverables at once. Earlier this year, LeBas announced ESPN pulled the WatchESPN video streaming app from app stores and merged its content with the core platform to simplify the company’s mobile offering to create a one-stop app destination. LeBas says the work culture at Disney and ESPN “fosters an environment of candor, straight talk and respect— striving to ensure everyone can be her authentic self.”

What specifically does your company do to support and elevate the women who work there?
We have an active women’s employee resource group that sponsors great development events for women, and men, at all levels in the company. We also have a committed group of female executives who make up the Executive Women’s Forum that focus on sponsorship, advocacy and diversity. Our culture fosters an environment of candor, straight talk and respect— striving to ensure everyone can be her authentic self.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Keep following your dreams and be your quirky self.

Which current shows best reflect the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
Gerri, chief counsel on “Succession” on HBO, is fabulously smart, a political master and she knows

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