Seniors To Attend Disney Institute
Release: 11/30/2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's 17 football seniors will participate in a program at the Disney Institute in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 30-Dec. 2.  Disney Institute is the global professional training and development program that offers more than 80 years of best practices from The Walt Disney Company. 

Uniquely tailored to North Carolina's football seniors, this Disney program will focuses on the behaviors and values of Disney's approach to leadership excellence. 

"I'm excited about the opportunity to experience the Disney Institute," says All-America offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper.  "This was a great idea by Coach Fedora and the UNC administration.  We'll have the opportunity to further our education and hear from some of the nation's top business consultants.  Plus, it gives us one more chance to be together with our senior teammates."

Disney Institute consultants will present a program based on five key business practices:

1.     Leadership

2.     Selection, Training & Engaging Employees

3.     Customer Experience

4.     Brand Loyalty

5.     Creativity & Innovation

Several athletic organizations and professional teams have worked with the Disney Institute, including the University of Tennessee, the NBA's Orlando Magic, the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"The senior members of our football team showed tremendous leadership and commitment to the University throughout the 2012 season," said UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham.   "We are thrilled to provide them with this opportunity to enhance their educational experience, learn leadership lessons from the Disney Institute, and to inspire them to implement the Disney principles in their daily lives."

"I'm pleased the administration was able to provide this unique opportunity for the seniors," said head coach Larry Fedora.  "We recognize and appreciate the sacrifices and commitment these players made to the football program and this University.  The Disney Institute will be a valuable educational experience they will remember for a lifetime."

The Walt Disney Company has been named the No. 1 organization for Quality Service, and the World's Most Admired Entertainment Company by Fortune Magazine.  More than half of the Fortune 100 companies have engaged their services.

About Disney

Our History

For more than eight decades, The Walt Disney Company and its affiliated companies have remained faithful to their commitment to produce unparalleled experiences based on the rich legacy of innovative content and exceptional storytelling. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio to today's global enterprise, The Walt Disney Company is a diversified leader in media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products.

Of course, none of this would have been possible had Walt Disney not also re-written the rules of business.

With the support of his brother Roy, Walt created an effective organizational culture founded in values-based leadership, where employees are recognized for their achievements, encouraged to work as a team and think creatively and, in their consistent pursuit of excellence, continually break the confines of the status quo to surpass the expectations of the world.

Your Opportunity

Since the founding of Disney Institute in 1986, millions of professionals from around the world across the private, public and social sectors have had an opportunity to experience the time-tested best practices, sound methodologies and real life business lessons that have sustained the global success of Disney.

As the provider of uniquely Disney transformational learning experiences for more than 25 years, we inspire business professionals to think and act differently. The result? Outcomes that clearly illustrate ways you can adapt and apply these concepts into your organization. You will find your organization has more in common with Disney than you ever imagined.

Our Approach

As one of the most recognized names in professional development, the Disney Institute approach supports an organization's transformative journey through discovery, execution and sustainment. These solutions enable organizations to draw from the core competencies of The Walt Disney Company as a catalyst for change and build a collaborative roadmap for success, unique to the organization.

Disney Institute also remains the only professional development company where your team can literally step into a "living laboratory" as part of your journey. Utilizing our theme parks and resorts at Disney Destinations around the globe, these field experiences can take you behind-the-scenes enabling your organization to see firsthand how business theory drives operational excellence.

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