Diversity, Inclusion & Wellness

At ESPN we know the next big idea can come at any time from anyone. That’s why we pride ourselves on recruiting the most capable minds. It gives us an equal playing field that fosters camaraderie, respect and working relationships that we can all count on. Here, we learn together, we grow together, and most importantly, we triumph together.

Our Diversity, Inclusion & Wellness team strives to hire, develop and retain talented people who represent our diverse global fans. We work together to impact the way our entire organization thinks and drives business outcomes. By developing initiatives that focus on the needs, expectations and lives of our people, we’ve created an inclusive environment where all employees can contribute to their fullest potential.

A few of our recent diversity awards include:

  • DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity (TWDC)
  • Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality (TWDC)
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award Winner (ESPN)
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists Media Award Winner (ESPN)
  • National Down Syndrome Congress National Media Award Winner (ESPN)
  • USBLN Marketplace Innovator of the Year 2017 (ESPN)
  • CTHR awarded Diversity, Inclusion & Wellness (DI&W) team the "Programmer Innovator of the Year Award" 2016 (ESPN)
  • Women in Cable Telecommunications Signature Spirit Accolade Winner (ESPN)
  • Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) Well Workplace Gold Award Winner (ESPN)

Did you know?

  • ESPN provides employees with many resources to meet their wellness needs through on-site facilities at the Bristol headquarters and additional Wellness in the Workplace initiatives and programs for all locations.
  • Wellness services include guided and audio meditation, yoga in the workspace, a workout of the day, on-site and off-site intramurals, an on-site 5K, wellness education and awareness campaigns, healthy cafeteria menu options, a weight management program, and more.
  • ESPN supports nine Employee Resource Groups that represent various dimensions of diversity and engage employees through professional development, social networking and volunteer opportunities
  • In a 2013 university study, ESPN was leading the way in racial and gender hiring, according to The Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sport.
  • Workforce

    Reflects the global fan base

  • Workplace

    Where all employees can contribute to their full potential

  • Marketplace

    Increase domestic and emerging market share and improve fan loyalty

Employee Resource Groups

We've created a culture that embraces ideas, experiences and unique personalities. That's why our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are so important to our culture. They find new ways to bring us together – from supporting the creation of content for all our platforms, to helping us celebrate holidays like the Chinese New Year and Women's History Month. They also drive a variety of programs, events and development initiatives throughout the year that connect our workforce, workplace and marketplace.

  • ESPN Equal
  • ESPN Enabled
  • P.U.L.S.E.
  • ABLE - Asian Business Leaders of ESPN
  • ESPN Women
  • E-FAM - ESPN Fathers and Mothers
  • ESPN Employee Resources Groups
  • ESPN SOMOS Employee Resources Groups
  • ESPN Veterans

Each group is voluntarily led by employees, has an executive champion, and elects their own core leadership. With over 2,000 members, our ERGs are a great way to connect with other employees through shared interests or similar backgrounds like: Young Professionals, Veterans, Women, Asians, People with Disabilities, Latinos, Families, African-Americans, and our Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender employees.

Our collective mission is to:

  • Educate and promote cultural diversity
  • Network and learn from others
  • Develop professional skill sets
  • Add value to the business
  • Expand the recruitment base
  • Support ESPN’s community and diversity outreach partnerships

Did you know?

  • ESPN launched an award-winning Ally Program for the LGBT community.
  • Our SOMOS ESPN ERG supports and mentors hundreds of students from Latino households in NY, LA and Miami to facilitate their college transition.
  • ESPN YP focuses on development opportunities for young professionals at our company.
  • ABLE (Asian Business Leaders of ESPN) hosts an annual Diwali celebration on campus that's attended by hundreds of employees.