Tonya Cornileus

Cornileus spearheaded the expansion of the mentorship program at ESPN, where she oversaw multiple mentor events for ESPN employees that encouraged conversation on how to better enhance their work experience. She says, “At ESPN, we believe diversity is about who is on the team, and Inclusion is about who gets to play.”

What does your company/organization do to ensure all employees feel included?
This year we are celebrating 10 years of vibrant Employee Resource Groups. The ERGs play an important role in fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging through onboarding and mentoring programs, culture and heritage education and celebration sessions, and partnerships with business leaders. At ESPN, we believe diversity is about who is on the team, and Inclusion is about who gets to play.

Can you share a successful diversity program at your company or one you’ve observed at another company or organization?
We’ve launched a series of employee-led conversations on diversity and inclusion topics. These, inclusive conversations, allow employees at all levels to come together and dialogue with one another. It is a great way to learn different points of view, develop empathy, and expand perspectives.

 What questions is the industry not yet asking in its efforts to be more diverse and inclusive that it should be?
What business opportunities might we be missing? What stories are missing due to a lack of diversity and inclusion? With a new generation of leaders coming into the workforce, the generation that has grown up surrounded by more diversity than ever, how might we need to change our workplaces to meet their expectations for diversity and inclusion?

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