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“I’ve always wanted to mentor people when they first walk through the door, and help them shape their careers.”

As director of ESPN Next, Celia Bouza is living her dream job helping ESPN's future leaders who are starting their journeys here just as she did in 2010

ESPN Next, the company’s premier leadership development program, officially launched in July 2019.

Since then, 20 production assistants part of the program’s inaugural cohort have gotten to experience everything ESPN has to offer.

It wasn’t long ago that ESPN Next director Celia Bouza was in their shoes.

Celia Bouza, director, ESPN Next, says: ““The opportunities here are endless as long as long as you work hard, advocate for yourself and you tell people what it is you want to do.”
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“Knowing how vital the work that production assistants do to creating content at this company, this was a dream job for me,” Bouza says in the video above.

Bouza began her career at ESPN in 2010 as a production assistant before leaving production to become a manager with ESPN Creative Services and eventually an Associate Director with Direct-to-Consumer & International.

The return to production as head of ESPN NEXT is giving her a chance to give back.

“I’ve always wanted to mentor people when they first walk through the door, and help them shape their careers.”

To follow the journey of the inaugural cohort and all the content produced by ESPN production assistants, follow @ESPNNext on Twitter and Instagram.

Nick Aconfora produced the video above.

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