Rosalyn Durant, Vice President of ESPNU and ESPNHS – ESPN’s 24-hour college sports network and its high school multimedia service – will receive this year’s Disney ABC Television Group Black Achiever in Industry Award. The award is presented by the Harlem branch of the YMCA of Greater New York.
Durant will be honored for her achievements on Thursday, March 15th, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, as part of the Harlem YMCA’s 2012 National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry.
The Black Achievers in Industry (BAI) Awards program was launched by the Harlem YMCA branch to honor African American women and men for outstanding contributions to their industries and communities and to motivate minority youth by providing positive role models. The BAI program brings the Harlem YMCA, corporations and local organizations together to support mentoring, scholarships and other opportunities for young people in the Harlem community. This year marks the 42nd national BAI salute.
Since her promotion to Vice President of ESPNU in 2008, Durant’s responsibilities have included setting the strategic direction for the college sports network, overseeing all programming, and leading the interdepartmental team that implements the network’s growth and development. In 2011, her responsibilities were expanded to include ESPNHS and its related multimedia initiatives involving high school sports.
Durant began working at ESPN as a college intern in 1998 and then full-time as a coordinator. She rapidly advanced through various account executive and sales management positions before transferring to ESPN’s programming department.