Since graduating from the University of Arizona, Manny Espinoza has forged a career within the corporate diversity space. Today, he is a director at Nike. His work is to oversee the global sports giant’s comprehensive diversity and inclusion program, which the company views as crucial.

Espinoza took a moment to speak about his work and the resources he has used to get ahead in his competitive professional field.

What does your job at Nike entail?

As a director at Nike, I support global programs and external partnerships for our diversity and inclusion team. We continue to build on our culture of inclusion and ensure that our employees can bring their authentic selves to work every day so that we can better serve our consumers. 

What has helped propel your career?

I am a continuous learner. I love the science of human behavior and why we do the things we do. It really helps in my field to understand underlying motivations behind behavior, allowing you a path to progress.

What resources have helped you succeed in your career?

Networking is always helpful, but when an opportunity is presented you have to be ready. The biggest thing I did to move into new positions and progress is get good at what I am doing. The key to doing this is to love what you do — I’m so fortunate to have always been in roles that impact people’s lives.

Given all that you have learned and achieved, what is the best piece of career advice you can share with UA students and alumni of all ages? 

My biggest piece of advice is to figure out what you love to do and to get good at it. My other piece of advice is to find a company that aligns with your values, beliefs and passions. I am beyond lucky to have the opportunity to work at Nike — a place that combines my passion for diversity and inclusion along with sport.