There’s a difference, after all: one analyst embraces her identity and opportunity opens up

Interesting: this female NBA broadcaster kept trying to make it as an analyst but kept getting relegated to lower tier positions. Once she embraced her female identity, things opened up for her.

“Indeed, overcoming the feeling that she always had to demonstrate her professionalism has been one of Burke’s biggest challenges. She thought that to be taken seriously she had to look serious, so she wore pantsuits and pulled her hair back. When she bemoaned her lack of better assignments at ESPN, her producer, Kim Belton—who had faced his own obstacles as an African-American in the business—gave her a sobering pep talk, but one she says she needed to hear: This is a visual medium, whether you want to accept that or not. And though it goes against every fiber of your being to be evaluated for anything other than what you say, the bottom line is you are.”

Read more: For Doris Burke, Having Game Is All That Matters

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