The 2013 AED Leadership Academy, Nov. 20-22, proudly presents one full day with the Disney Institute, immersing dealer executives in the world-class best practices of The Walt Disney Company, followed by a half day program featuring a powerful leadership keynote with industry veteran Dave Griffith, chairman of Modern Group.

About Disney Institute
As the professional development arm of The Walt Disney Company, Disney Institute engages leading organizations around the world in time-tested best practices, sound methodologies, and real life business lessons.

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.

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.

Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in benchmarking the time-tested leadership philosophies of one of the most recognized names in business to improve his or her ability and lead a successful, committed organization.


Arrive in the afternoon and enjoy complimentary transportation from the Orlando International Airport to Disney's Boardwalk Inn.

Join your Academy colleagues for a cocktail reception at the picturesque outdoor Sea Breeze Point gazebo by the lake, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Then take a walk along the boardwalk to enjoy dinner with friends at one of the nearby restaurants.

Program: 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m., including breakfast and lunch
Evening: Reception and Dinner 6:30 to 10 p.m.

The day begins with a continental breakfast served in our conference room.

Over the course of eight hours, facilitator Mike Reardon will teach and demonstrate the D.I. Chain of Excellence, core competencies of leadership that are not only played out each day throughout the Walt Disney Company but are adopted by leading organizations around the globe.

Your day with the AED Leadership Academy and the Disney Institute will leave a lasting mark on you, your story, and your legacy as Mike combines dynamic lecture with group exercises, and behind-the-scenes field experiences at the theme park.

Our course will comprise the defining of leadership, the development of "cast" and the culture of excellence; achieving quality service and the customer experience; innovation, and measuring success.

Disney leaders across the globe continue to emulate the inspirational style of one man – Walt Disney. Walt effectively demonstrated that the actions of one leader, multiplied by the actions of many, can re-shape a culture and an organization. We will venture inside the Disney organization to examine and apply this time-tested approach to leading by example within your own organization.

By consistently demonstrating the behaviors it values, Disney leaders speak volumes about the methods the company values – methods that its teams learn to follow.

As a leader in your company, you are telling a story about what you value. The Disney Institute will show us that leading by example is a storyline that delivers tangible results: improved behavior and increased productivity.

The takeaways will be both plenty and powerful:
  • Adapt proven Disney leadership strategies and best practices to your organization.
  • Develop and communicate your leadership vision. Establish and maintain effective systems and structures to meet goals.
  • Apply the strategies Disney leaders use to foster individual responsibility across the organization.
  • Inspire commitment and leadership development in others.
  • Implement your own action plan to align your vision, goals and continued development.
8:30-11:30 a.m.

A continental breakfast is served as we launch into Day 2 of Leadership Academy.

Your AED hosts Ben Yates, Kim Phelan will lead a recap exercise to reinforce and the previous day's lessons.

A brief overview of the many tools and resources available through your association, "AED 101" comes next, with a special presentation of AED in Washington and your role in one of the most effective grassroots-driven Government Affairs advocacy programs in the nation's capital.

Jeff Lefebvre, President of PriSim, will show us show us the methodology used to determine the life time value of a customer and demonstrate how "moments of truth" can maximize these valuations. Furthermore, Jeff will demonstrate why dynamic leaders chose to focus more closely on relationships than transactions.

The morning crescendo is the keynote address delivered by 20-year equipment industry veteran Dave Griffith, chairman of Modern Group and now executive director of Episcopal Community Services, a charitable social services agency in Philadelphia.

Dave is a professional speaker who teaches and delivers special addresses at Rutgers School of Engineering and The Wharton School. We proudly present Dave and "The Leadership Paradox."

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