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March 6, 2013

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger Announces Heroes Work Here Update

By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company

Yesterday, we gave an inside look at our Heroes Work Here initiative through the lens of Kevin Preston, director of veteran initiatives for The Walt Disney Company. Today, we’re excited to share an update that furthers the program’s reach.

At our annual Shareholder Meeting this morning, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that the company surpassed its goal to provide 1,000 career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over a three-year period – hiring more than 1,300 veterans in just one year.

As a result, Bob shared a new goal to hire an additional 1,000 U.S. veterans over the next two years.

The Heroes Work Here initiative, announced last March, spurred a comprehensive veterans hiring program that spans The Walt Disney Company. Specially trained Disney recruiters place veterans in a variety of jobs – from internships to executive roles – through national career expos and by providing one-on-one assistance to help transition to the private sector. Disney also launched a website specifically tailored to veterans and service members.

Last year, Heroes Work Here also kicked off a national public awareness campaign with two spots made up entirely of The Walt Disney Company veteran employees. This multi-million dollar campaign has run on ESPN, ABC, and our other media outlets since March 2012. To extend the campaign, we’re debuting a new public awareness video today.

Additionally, Disney will continue to invest in select nonprofit organizations that provide training and other support services for veterans. Over the past 10 years, Disney has donated more than $1.2 million to the USO alone.

To learn more about Heroes Work Here, visit the Disney Careers website.

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Jill Williams March 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

How do you get in touch with a Disney recruiter or find out when the expos are?

Re: Jill Williams
David Gill March 12, 2013 at 1:42 PM
Hi Jill - Please reach out directly to Kevin Preston at Kevin.Preston@espn.com for more information. He is aware that you will be contacting him. Thank you!
Traci Arnold March 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

In reference to Jill Williams' post, is it possible also to contact Mr. Kevin Preston? I'm looking for more information regarding upcoming national expos and (hopefully) getting on the list! Thank you!

SsgErik Conley March 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I have six more years until retirement and it's my goal to work for the Disney Corp in FL soon after I retire. Any suggestions about getting on a long term waiting list? I've looked at the positions available for my MOS 79T and I like what you have to offer. Is there a direct POC that I could write to? Thank you.

Re: SsgErik Conley
David Gill March 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM
Hi There - Thank you for your interest! Please reach out directly to Kevin Preston at Kevin.Preston@espn.com for more information. Thank you!