The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Sports Industry

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Anne Doepner is the Director of Inclusion & Employee Investment for the Minnesota Vikings. As the first person dedicated to diversity and inclusion for an NFL team, Anne strives to create a culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging. She has been involved in sports for most of her career, previously serving as the Director of Football Administration for the Vikings. Anne also founded the Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and serves on the Board of Directors. She has been featured on NBC Sports and has received many accolades for her work.

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Why does diversity and inclusion matter in sports? What does it take to create a more welcoming sports industry for women and minorities? And, how can we continue to pave the way for equality in sports in 2021 and beyond?

As the Director of Inclusion & Employee Investment for the Minnesota Vikings, Anne Doepner is paving the way for marginalized groups in the sports industry. In addition to being the first full-time person dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the NFL, Anne has also launched the Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). Today, she’s here to share her story and explain the importance of diversity and inclusion in sports — especially now.

On this inspiring episode of the Sports Up Podcast, Meredith Syms sits down with the Director of Inclusion & Employee Investment for the Minnesota Vikings, Anne Doepner. Anne discusses how she came to work for the NFL, what diversity and inclusion means to her, and how she is championing other women and minorities in the sports industry. You don’t want to miss this episode!

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