King took on this new role in March of this year, and now develops special company-wide content projects. As he has for years, King also advises ESPN’s leadership team on complex editorial issues, both internally and externally. If that’s not impressive enough, King also is a six-time Sports Emmy award winner, a past Pulitzer judge, and a Peabody award winner. King remains committed to diversity and inclusion, saying that companies can show a sincere commitment as well by “acknowledging and owning the shortcomings of the past, proclaiming a tangible, measurable strategy toward progress and reporting results with transparency and consistency.”
The conversation about racial injustice in 2020 has been… a call to action, a raw, necessary reminder that real progress will come from deeds, not words.
In what ways can companies best show a sincere commitment to diversity and inclusion?
By acknowledging and owning the shortcomings of the past, proclaiming a tangible, measurable strategy toward progress and reporting results with transparency and consistency.
How have you been a champion of diversity & inclusion in your professional life?
I’ve spent my entire career trying to live up to the examples set by my parents Colbert and Gwendolyn, and by two key mentors – Alice Bonner and Mervin Aubespin. These four taught me that recruiting, promoting, mentoring and embodying the cause of diversity and inclusion must be my second full-time job. It’s work I cherish.