First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at Disney Veterans Institute Workshop

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Walt Disney World Resort will hold its very first Veterans Institute workshop on November 14th to encourage other companies to employ former servicemen and women when they search for jobs in the private sector after returning home. The workshop is co-sponsored by Disney’s military program Heroes Work Here as well as Disney Institute.

The goal of the workshop is to help companies learn more about the importance of hiring veterans, as well as to support them in the hiring and training process. The day-long event will feature several keynote speakers, including Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

The First and Second Ladies have made supporting military families and veterans a main focus in their agendas. Together they created Joining Forces, a program that supports current servicemen and women, veterans, and their families in finding work when they come home. The program works to help companies realize the benefits of hiring veterans, which makes Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden perfect choices as speakers at The Veterans Institute.

The workshop will also feature other renowned speakers, customized Disney Institute courses, advice from top veteran experts and organizations, and personal stories from veterans about their transitions from the military to the private sector.

I think this is a good example of Disney demonstrating their leadership skills within the industry. Hiring and supporting veterans and their families has always been important to Disney, and they’ve continually demonstrated their commitment through their Heroes Work Here initiative, the VoluntEARS program for their employees, and of course the various discounts offered to military families. The Veterans Institute workshop is not only another way to spread the word about the importance of veterans, it’s also an opportunity for Disney to inspire other companies to follow their lead and implement more opportunities for members of the U.S. military.

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About Katie Brockman

Ever since I first saw 101 Dalmatians when I was a toddler, I've had a love for the Mouse. I grew up waiting for the day I could finally visit the happiest place on Earth (still hasn't happened yet, but it will!) and watching endless marathons of The Lion King, Toy Story, and Lady and the Tramp. Nowadays I keep myself busy going to school full time earning my business degree. In my off time, I enjoy reading, writing, browsing Pinterest, and keeping the world on top of the latest advertising trends with my blog The Advertising Outlet.
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