Joy Peña

Senior Director – Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategies ESPN, Inc. (A subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) 

Joy is responsible for developing and advancing ESPN’s integrated  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy and business plan as  the lead consultant and advisor to business leaders, DEI champions and HR partners. She oversees division-level DEI strategy planning and ESPN’s DEI councils while co-managing the company’s signature leadership program for a diverse cohort of junior executives.  Additionally, Joy collaborates with teams on developing internal and external communications, and  integrating DEI into learning and leadership development programs and talent processes. 

ESPN is a segment of The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) where Joy previously held a number of roles  managing Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for the former Disney | ABC Television Group, diversity  recruitment for The Walt Disney Studios, and consulting at DisneyToon Studios/ Walt Disney  Animation. Before rejoining TWDC at ESPN, Joy was a global D&I leader at Electronic Arts, Inc., a  leading global interactive entertainment company where she oversaw organizational D&I strategy for  core business units, and launched and managed Employee Resource Groups across 13 countries. 

Joy also held various management positions at NBCUniversal and Fox Entertainment Group / 20th Century Fox in New York and Los Angeles in Talent Acquisition and College & Community Relations.  She began her career in the NBC Page Program–NY after interning in Talent Booking at Late Night  with Conan O’Brien. Joy has also worked in production at The John Walsh Show and Dateline NBC where she earned her first television credit as Assistant Producer on a Dateline Special with Hoda Kotb.  

A passionate advocate for girls and women of color and youth empowerment, outside of her  corporate work, Joy has led efforts to develop mentoring programs for teenage girls in various cities  and offered a “career boutique” of coaching options for women in Los Angeles. She formerly served  on the Board of Directors for the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources  (NAAAHR) LA Chapter and has received various proud honors including one of the inaugural “Divine  Nine” Young Professional Awards from the Los Angeles Urban League and Top 40 Under 40 Alumnus recognition by her alma mater, Hampton University in the 2018 induction. 

Joy is a Mount Vernon, New York native with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Hampton  University and currently resides in New Rochelle, NY with her husband and three children.