As part of its ongoing Heroes Work Here initiative to hire, train, and support military veterans, Disney is hosting a free Veterans Institute to inspire other companies to employ servicemen and women who are transitioning to the private sector.
The day-long event is planned for Thursday, November 14, at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Veterans Institute is co-sponsored by Heroes Work Here and the Disney Institute, and will feature experts from Heroes Work Here, government officials, veterans, and non-profit veteran service organizations.
“We’re incredibly proud of the veterans who work at Disney, and we fully recognize the value, experience and skills they bring to our company,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “Our Heroes Work Here program not only helps us find and hire highly qualified veterans, it also supports veterans and their families as they transition out of the military. We’re happy to share what we’ve learned with other organizations so that more of these modern-day heroes have the tools and opportunities to build meaningful careers in the private sector.”
During the Veterans Institute attendees will get an inside look at Heroes Work Here and will have a chance to hear from keynote speakers including Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Royse Cloud, Senior Advisor on Veteran Employment, Department of Veterans Affiars; Dr. Susan S. Kelley, Director, Transition to Veteran Program Office, Department of Defense; Rich Morales, Colonel, U.S. Army and Executive Director, Joining Forces; and Teresa Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor.
Disney launched Heroes Work Here in March 2012 with a commitment to hire more than 1,000 veterans by 2015. The company has already surpassed that goal and in March of this year increased its hiring goal to create opportunities for 1,000 more former service members in the next two years.
More information on the Veterans Institute is available here.