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How is the Weather in your Kingdom?

Dan Cockerell

Dan was born in Chicago in 1969. His father was an executive with the Marriott Corporation and as a result, Dan moved frequently across the United States while growing up. He attended Boston University, graduating in 1991, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. An avid rugby player, he was selected for the 1990 and 1991 USA Collegiate All-American Rugby team, and was Captain for the 1991 team.

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 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.

During his fulfilling and exciting 26-year career with the Walt Disney Company, Dan put great value on spending time in the operation and frequently spent time in the park, assisting cast members and interacting with guests. He believed that building relationships is critical for leadership success, and his approachability in the workplace was a testament to his people-first philosophy.

Much like the weather, culture influences our mood and ultimately our behavior. Great leaders understand the importance of creating and sustaining great culture in order to establish an environment where employees can thrive. When they feel confident, respected, trusted and valued, employees deliver stellar results and ensure the success of their organization.

Dan will share what he learned about leading a purpose-driven culture during his 26 year career at the Walt Disney Company culminating in leading 12,000 cast members in the largest theme park in the world, the Magic Kingdom.

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