Walt Disney World Resort Honored With MBA Orlando “Corporate Ally of the Year” Award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 28, 2014 – Walt Disney World Resort has been honored with the “Corporate Ally of the Year” award by the Metropolitan Business Association of Orlando (MBA Orlando), Central Florida’s LGBT chamber of commerce. The award was presented at the organization’s “Pride in Business Awards” gala held in Orlando last Friday.

MBA Orlando’s Pride in Business Awards recognizes individuals and businesses that make a difference in our local economy and the lives of Central Floridians by promoting diversity, equality and inclusivity in the workplace.

“This award is about engagement, and Disney has a long history of being engaged and standing proudly with the LGBT community,” said Mikael Frank Audebert, MBA Orlando president.

Michael Jungen, executive champion for the PRIDE Diversity Resource Group at Walt Disney World Resort, accepted the award on behalf of the company and its Cast Members. PRIDE is a Walt Disney World Diversity Resource Group serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally Cast Members.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by MBA Orlando, our partner in supporting diversity and business equality in Central Florida,” said Jungen, director of parks and resorts development at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “For the LGBT Cast Members PRIDE represents, this award highlights the strength and inspiration that stem from our community partnerships.”

In addition to Walt Disney World Resort, nominees for the award included Wells Fargo, Wyndham Worldwide and Microsoft.