Soundbites: First Lady Michelle Obama and Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger Give Keynote Remarks at Disney ‘Veterans Institute’

Filed in: Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. and BURBANK, Calif. – Building on its successful Heroes Work Here initiative to hire, train and support military veterans, Disney hosted a free Veterans Institute workshop at Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, to inspire other companies to employ servicemen and women transitioning to the private sector.
The day-long Veterans Institute, co-sponsored by Heroes Work Here and Disney Institute, was designed to help other companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own.  The event featured keynote addresses from Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger, First Lady Michelle Obama and ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff as well as experts from Disney’s Heroes Work Here, government officials, veterans, and non-profit veterans service organizations, who shared their experiences, best practices, and tips for making a successful transition from the military to the civilian workforce.
Veterans Institute is the latest effort in Disney’s long history of respect and appreciation for the U.S. Armed Services, and leveraged the success of Heroes Work Here, which Disney launched in March, 2012 with a commitment to hire more than 1,000 veterans by 2015—a goal the company has already surpassed. This past March, Disney increased its hiring goal to create opportunities for another 1,000 former service members in the next two years.
Highlights of the Veterans Institute workshop included: 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 elite veterans support.