EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of Women’s History Month, ESPN Images and ESPN Internal Communications asked ESPN employees to nominate colleagues who inspired them. From hundreds of nominations, seven women were selected to share their stories in a series entitled “In Her Shoes.” Throughout March, Front Row will publish these profiles accompanied by Images’ photos. In the second installment in the series, West Chester, Pa., native and Syracuse alumna and 20-year ESPN employee Aimee Stokes – a post producer – explains what it means to be “In Her Shoes.”
What is your proudest moment at work this past year?
For two years, I had been sitting on a tease idea for the NCAA Women’s Final Four, and last year I finally had a chance to pitch and execute the idea. The team of people that made that piece come to life were essential – working so hard, hand-to-hand to put it together, all while having so much fun.
What was most special was I usually edit the piece as well, but last year, after dealing with the pitch, idea and shoot, I handed the vision and media over to a very talented young lady, [associate producer] Lauren Nieves to bring it to the screen. I felt tremendous pride when she and our [senior post production] editor Tom Beers brought all that work together in edit to create a great piece. We showed what’s possible when you collaborate and work with fantastic people to achieve a goal.
Melissa Rawlins contributed to this post; Joe Faraoni took the photos.