On Monday, the Alliance for Women in Media celebrated Women in Sports – an acknowledgment of the influential women who cover, lead and create media in the sports industry.
Among the women recognized for breaking the barriers for tomorrow’s female leaders included ESPN’s Marie Donoghue, Libby Geist, Anita Marks and Hannah Storm. They shared their thoughts on being named among this year’s honorees with ESPN Front Row:
“I was thrilled to be honored along with so many accomplished women in sports, including my three amazing ESPN colleagues, Libby Geist, Anita Marks and Hannah Storm. It was also particularly special to spend the morning with so many current and future leaders in sports media. Spending time with them was inspiring.” – Executive VP, Global Strategy and Original Content, ESPN, Marie Donoghue
“It’s exciting to be recognized amongst such accomplished and inspiring women. Any time I can represent the opportunities that ESPN provides women, it’s an honor.” – VP & Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content, Libby Geist
“It was such an honor to receive the award from an organization that is so affirming to women in our business. My message to all there was to challenge themselves in their respective fields – on air, in production, in management – to embrace the voices of women in sports in new ways and promote the brand of women as it pertains to their intellect in the sports field. I urged the younger women in the audience to not be afraid of criticism and to take risks, because that is the only way to grow and succeed.” – Hannah Storm, SportsCenter anchor
“I’m thrilled to be honored by the Alliance for Women in Media. It’s an exciting time to be a woman in our sports broadcasting industry and fun to celebrate all that women have accomplished.” – Anita Marks, ESPN Radio host
The breakfast awards program was followed by a series of educational panels that focused on the issues facing women in today’s media environment. Several voices from ESPN spoke specifically about how women will affect and influence the future of the industry.
— AnitaMarks (@AnitaMarks) October 19, 2015