Disney Institute’s Business Leadership Program in Middletown Draws Hundreds


MIDDLETWON, Va.It’s arguably one of the most successful companies ever, and Thursday hundreds of business leaders were at Lord Fairfax Community College, learning from Disney.

“We originally were looking at this as a regional event that is pulling people from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania,” said Guy Curtis, coordinator of marketing for business and industry training, for Lord Fairfax Community College: Workforce Solutions. “We even had participants from as far as Boston, Mass.”

Terri Payne, corporate accounting manager for Valley Proteins, has been coming to Disney Institute’s professional development course, an annual event, since it was first offered.

“Disney has offered this for five years,” said Payne. “I’ve attended each one of them. The sections that they talk about, like customer service, innovation, creativity, all of it pertains to the industries, no matter what you’re in.”

Lord Fairfax Community College: Workforce Solutions said planning for this event is year round. Registration was close to $500 per person.

“Overall the program does provide additional funds for the college and the state, so having this program is great,” said Curtis.

“I look at myself sometimes as a CEO of the high school, so to combine that creativity to give me ways to get creativity into my faculty meetings and into classrooms is really exciting,” said Ken Knesh, principal of Strasburg High School.

Companies who sent two or more employees to the event were eligible for “buy one, get one free” seats. An additional discount was available for companies sending five or more employees.

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