Disney Offers Free Veterans Institute Workshop – Heroes Work Here

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A complimentary one day seminar at Walt Disney World features veterans’ stories of transitioning to the civilian workforce and the challenges they have had to overcome.

Disney had great with their Heroes Work Here initiative to hire, train and support military veterans. They will host a free Veterans Institute workshop at Walt Disney World Resort on Nov. 14, 2013, to help other companies to employ veterans transitioning to the private sector.

The event will feature experts from Disney’s Heroes Work Here, government officials, veterans, and non-profit veterans service organizations, who will share their experiences, and tips for making a successful and easy transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

“We’re incredibly proud of the veterans who work at Disney, and we fully recognize the value, experience and skills they bring to our company,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “Our Heroes Work Here program not only helps us find and hire highly qualified veterans, it also supports veterans and their families as they transition out of the military. We’re happy to share what we’ve learned with other organizations so that more of these modern-day heroes have the tools and opportunities to build meaningful careers in the private sector.”

Highlights of the Veterans Institute workshop will include: an inside look at Heroes Work Here; renowned keynote speakers, panelists, Disney on-air talent and personalities; customized Disney Institute courses; advice and insights from experts and veterans support organizations.

Featured speakers are:

  •  Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
  • Rosye Cloud, Senior Advisor on Veteran Employment, Department of Veterans Affairs
  •  Dr. Susan S. Kelley, Director, Transition to Veteran Program Office, Department of Defense
  •  Rich Morales, Colonel, U.S. Army and Executive Director, Joining Forces
  • Teresa Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor

A little background about Disney’s Heroes Work Here:

Supporting the U.S. Armed Forces has been a Disney tradition, and Disney’s Heroes Work Here continues that legacy with a large initiative to hire, train and support military veterans. Disney introduced the program in March, 2012 with a commitment to hire at least 1,000 veterans by 2015. They exceeded that goal in the first year, with 1,300 veterans hired, they announced in March, 2013 that they would create opportunities for an additional 1,000 former service members over the next two years.

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