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ESPN’s Inspiring Women Series: Meet Rosalyn Durant

What's it like being in this ESPN executive's shoes?

(Illustration: Rachel Siegel; Photo: Bob Leverone/ESPN Images)

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 this installment in the series, Senior Vice President, College Networks, Programming, Rosalyn Durant, explains what it means to be “In Her Shoes.”

What is your proudest moment at work this past year?
We were all seated in the event space at the Spectrum Center [in Charlotte, N.C.], minutes away from making several ACC Network announcements ahead of the [2019 New York Life ACC Tournament] semifinal games, and a young reporter behind me said to someone else, “I’ve never seen this many women at a sports press event.”

I looked around and saw Keri Potts [ESPN Communications’ senior director, College Sports] hosting the event, Stacie McCollum [senior director, Programming & Acquisitions] preparing to share her team’s programming updates, Amy Rosenfeld [senior coordinating producer] ready to introduce our new talent, Michelle Berry [senior director, Sports Marketing] and Jill Husak [director, sports marketing] – the brains behind the marketing campaign – in the audience, and I thought of Sue Mattia [senior director, affiliate marketing], Linda Cabral [director, affiliate marketing], Theresa Palmieri [Disney VP, Brand Solutions] and the countless other smart, committed leaders who are working on this network launch, and I felt proud.

I’m honored to work with and learn from so many great leaders (several who also happen to be women) and to work for a company that makes young reporters and other companies pause and take notice.

Melissa Rawlins and Joe Faraoni contributed to this post.

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