Power Of IX: ESPN employees reflect on law, welcome legends to campus

This week, ESPN employees celebrated not only the 40th anniversary and power of Title IX, but also the “Power of One” with a series of leadership seminars, workshops, panels and breakout sessions led by both industry and ESPN experts.

The week-long schedule included motivational and empowering speeches from executive training coach Shannon Cassidy, organizational consultant Terri Trent, and keynote speaker Neen James, who spoke on increasing productivity of women.

Employees participated in a series of leadership and self-empowerment seminars and breakout sessions with topics ranging from finding a professional mentor, supercharging their careers and developing a style representative of who they are as a professional.

Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, spoke to ESPN employees as part of the Newsmaker luncheon series on a variety of topics including her personal success and insight into the Huffington Post. To read the interview with Ms. Huffington, click here.

Additionally, Maureen Orth of Vanity Fair also visited the Bristol Campus for another Newsmaker luncheon series and in celebration of Title IX.

The employee activities continue today with a special Power of IX Legends Panel on ESPN’s main campus. Hosted by SportsCenter anchor Chris McKendry, the panel will discuss the current and future impact of Title IX on our society. The panel is slated to be made up of:

• Ann Meyers Drysdale — Vice President of WBNA’s Phoenix Mercury and the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, Olympian, first four-time women’s basketball All-American
• Bernice Sandler – Women’s activist and “Godmother of Title IX”
• Billie Jean King — Tennis legend and founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation
• Teresa Edwards – Five-time Basketball Olympian & U.S. Chef de Mission for 2012 Olympic Games
• Lyn St. James – Retired IndyCar driver & founder of Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation

The week-long employee celebration concludes Saturday with a special sports clinic, giving ESPN staff and their families an opportunity to learn new skills in sports — including soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis and field hockey — from pro athletes, ESPN analysts and former collegiate players.

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