If you’re looking for best practices when it comes to leadership, then look no further than how Disney trains its staff. With over 50 million visitors per year their various theme parks as well as 74,000 employees, Disney provides the structure and training to build outstanding leaders.

And that’s why we are interviewing Dan Cockerell on episode #132 on the Meeting Leadership Podcast.

Dan work for Disney for 26 years and now he does high level presentations and training all around the world to help audiences benefit from his experience.

Dan is also a great story teller and the host of the Come Rain or Shine Podcast!


Dan Cockerell

Dan’s first experience working for Disney was as a participant in the Walt Disney World College Program in Orlando in the summer of 1989, when he worked as a front desk host at the Contemporary Resort.

Upon graduation from Boston University in 1991, Dan moved to Florida and participated in the Disneyland Paris Management Trainee Program.  In January of 1992, three months before the opening of Disneyland Paris, he was transferred to France, where he remained for five years in various management roles.

Dan has held various management and executive operations roles at the Walt Disney World Resort, both in the theme parks and resort hotels, and was the sixth executive to hold the position of Vice President, Magic Kingdom since the park opened in 1971.  He earned his MBA in 2001 at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.

After a fulfilling and exciting 26-year career with the Walt Disney Company, and upon becoming empty nesters, Dan and Valerie made the decision to set out on a new adventure, balancing their time between Orlando and Boulder, Colorado. Valerie continues to facilitate Disney Institute programs in Orlando, as well as programs in French-speaking Quebec.

Dan provides customized, authentic presentations, focusing on leadership and management practices, drawing upon his extensive Disney career with relevant examples and inspiring storytelling.

You can get in touch with Dan at https://dancockerell.com

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