Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ivy Tech bringing Disney Institute to Fort Wayne

Full-day program explores secrets to leadership excellence

Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development program, "Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence," to Fort Wayne on Wednesday, April 20. Sponsored locally by Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast, the full-day event will allow area professionals to learn how a leader’s behaviors are instrumental in conveying values, guiding strategy, and inspiring passion and interest among employees.

The program will be at the Holiday Inn Fort Wayne and will give participants new ideas for being more effective leaders and generating high-performance teams. Ivy Tech–Northeast is also partnering with Indiana’s NewsCenter and The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce to provide this leadership opportunity to the northeast Indiana community.

"This is a great opportunity for northeast Indiana business professionals to participate in a Disney Institute experience in Fort Wayne," said Jeff James, vice president for Disney Institute. "It’s a day of Disney training that will offer dozens of easy-to-implement, proven ideas that can help transform an organization. The program is as appropriate for project managers and intact work teams as it is for leaders and senior executives.”

"Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence" gives participants the chance to explore proven Disney leadership philosophies that encourage values that produce results and are fundamental for organizations to grow and succeed.

"In an era where everyone is competing for business and market share, strong leadership is essential for any organization to thrive," James said. "This program is made for businesses in any industry looking to build passionate workforce dedicated to delivering products and services that exceed customer expectations.”

Program registration is $359 per person prior to March 21 (early-bird registration) or $399 after March 21 (regular registration). The price includes all course materials, a continental breakfast, and lunch. Employers sending five or more participants receive $20 off each registration. Ivy Tech alumni, students, and employees will receive a $20 discount, as well.

"Ivy Tech–Northeast is honored to bring 'leadership' — one of Disney Institute’s five core topics — to the northeast Indiana business community," said Ivy Tech–Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier. "Disney leaders at every level are fully aware they are telling a great story that is designed to illuminate the goals of the entire corporation. This seminar is but one example of Ivy Tech’s interest in engaging our community in unique training opportunities for area business professionals."

For more information or to register, go to or call Ivy Tech–Northeast’s Workforce and Economic Development office at 260-480-4118.

Disney Institute was created to showcase "the business behind the magic" – Disney best practices that easily adapt to other organizations. To learn more about Disney Institute, please visit,, or follow us at

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.

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