Over the next few weeks, Front Row will spotlight female employee voices from throughout ESPN. These voices all come from ESPN’s new employee-led group, The Multicultural Women’s Network. This group was built specifically to focus on connecting, developing and elevating women of color. These women along with many allies at the helm aims to celebrate and empower the intersection and layered complexity of race, gender, and culture that makes up the core of who we are.
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“People of color - especially women - don't have the avenues to share our stories.”
There’s no surprise that Danielle Lee landed at ESPN – sports have always been a huge part of her life. She grew up watching the Lions, Bears, Packers, and Vikings; her dad Larry Lee played 10 seasons in the NFL and then became an executive for the Detroit Lions; and Danielle herself went to work at the NFL league office after getting her degree in Sport Management from UMass. She joined the ESPN family in 2015, and works as Crewing Coordinator.
What are you most looking forward to about being part of the MWN?
Lee: “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share our stories in the way we want to share them. At times, people of color – especially women – don’t have the avenues to share our stories and have our voices heard. I can’t wait for you all to see our initiatives this coming year. And I’m excited for the growth potential this group has. There are so many amazing women within ESPN and The Walt Disney Company as a whole, and it’s a blessing to have this platform to not only work with some of the women I’ve admired from a far, but to meet even more remarkable women within this company to collaborate with.”