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Dean's Speaker Series: Heather Anderson | February 22

The February speaker in the 2023-2024 Dean's Speaker Series is Heather Anderson, vice president of Original Content and Business Affairs at ESPN. Ms. Anderson will speak on Thursday, February 22nd at 12:40 pm in Classroom D. Lunch will be provided.

About Heather Anderson:

Ms. Anderson has worked as an entertainment and technology attorney for almost 25 years and joined ESPN in October 2021 as Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions. She came to ESPN from The Walt Disney Company, which she joined in 2013 as Associate Principal Counsel, serving as a digital media, product and technology attorney. From 2020 to 2023, she served as Vice President and Assistant Chief Counsel.   

She is the co-founder, Chair Emeritus and Advisor of the Black Business and Employee Resource Group on Disney’s Glendale campus, leading a membership of approximately 500 employees. She also was a founding member and former steering committee member of the Disney Lawyers of Color. In addition, she was the interim Executive Sponsor of the Christian Employee Resource Group and a founding member of Women in the Legal Department, as well as an executive advisor to Women@Disney and a member of Mas+. Ms. Anderson also serves on the Television Academy’s Diversity Council and the Council On Access and Fairness for the State Bar of California.  

Before Disney, Ms. Anderson was an attorney in the Business and Legal Affairs department of Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Prior to joining Interscope, she was Senior Counsel in the Intellectual Property department at Fox. Consecutively with her time at Fox, Ms. Anderson owned and operated Good Girl Entertainment. She began her career as a litigator at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP.  

Ms. Anderson received dual bachelor of arts degrees in political science and ethnic studies from the University of California at Berkeley and her law degree with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law from the UCLA School of Law. 

At the Dean’s Speaker Series, Ms. Anderson will discuss The Importance of Movement and Perspectives from a Black Attorney.