ESPN Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
In 2008, ESPN launched eight Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) formed to address our Young Professionals, Women, Asians, People with Disabilities, Latinos, Families, African-Americans, and our Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender employees. Employee Resource Groups are grassroots driven, voluntary, and run by employees formed around a shared interest or similar dimension of diversity.
The areas of focus for the ERGs include educating and promoting cultural diversity, networking and learning from others, developing professional skill sets, adding value to the business, expanding the recruitment base, enhancing retention initiatives and tapping into underutilized resources.
The ERGs are excellent resources that help ESPN invest in and develop its employees. Participants in the resource groups are put in positions to drive projects and initiatives that are vital for ESPN’s evolution into a truly diverse workforce.
ESPN’s ERG organization, Asian Business Leaders of ESPN (ABLE), strives to be the leading organization that will establish ESPN as the leading employer of choice for Asian employees in the media industry and foster cultural diversity that will better enable ESPN to serve its fans and employees everywhere. The ERG, ESPN ENABLED, seeks to understand, appreciate, respect, adapt to, support, and celebrate individuals with challenges amongst the ESPN Family and fans. ESPN’s PRIME (Pride, Respect, Individuality, Mentor, Educate) is the ERG that seeks to be the catalyst for cultural change and GLBTA inclusion, transforming ESPN into the employer and brand of GLBTA choice.
ESPN’s Young Professionals (YP) ERG is designed to grow and empower future leaders, retain younger ESPN staff and help our company grow its critical younger demographic. ESPN’s YP ERG has hosted a panel discussion with younger executive leadership at ESPN; facilitated a state of technology discussion with lead executives from Facebook, YouTube and ESPN at the Hearst Building in NYC; held a 30/30 screening for “The U” and, with support from HR, launched a job shadowing program.
Additional ERGs include PULSE, E-FAM, ESPN Women and GOAL! These ERGs help shape and sustain an inclusive work environment that recognizes and capitalizes on individual talents, contributions and perspectives. They promote communication and understanding of topics impacting ESPN’s multi-cultural workforce.
ESPN has won many awards celebrating its diversity initiatives. Just a few of these diversity awards include the Asian-American Journalists Association 2010 Leadership in Diversity Award, DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) - Best Companies for Women in Pay Equity and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) award for Outstanding TV Journalism.
Through the establishment of these Employee Resource Groups, ESPN has created a culture that embraces ideas, experiences and all their professionals’ unique personalities.
• ESPN trending well in racial and gender study (source: The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport)