The Women Veterans Business Center of Houston Attends Disney Veterans Hiring Institute

Orlando, FL, November 15, 2013:  The Women Veterans Business Center of Houston (TX) attended the inaugural Disney Veterans Hiring Institute on November 14, 2013 at Disney’s Boardwalk Hotel at Disneyworld. The day-long Veterans Institute, co-sponsored by Heroes Work Here and The Disney Institute, was designed to help small- and mid-sized companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own. The Women Veterans Business Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization that educates and empowers Women Veterans (and Military Families) to start Veteran-owned businesses. The Center is headquartered in Houston, Texas and was created by Army Veteran, Marylyn Harris. “The Women Veterans Business Center is appreciative of Disney’s efforts to hire Veterans and host the Veterans Hiring Institute,” says Harris. “In 2014, the Women Veterans Business Center plans to launch monthly Houston Veterans Hiring Forums and the Disney Institute provided excellent training and resources.”

The Disney Veterans Hiring Institute highlights included: Renowned Keynote Speakers, Disney’s Heroes Work Here Staff and Veteran Employees testimonials, government officials and non-profit veterans service organizations, who shared their experiences, best practices, and tips for making a successful transition from the military to the civilian workforce. After the day of training, Disney hosted Institute attendees for dinner, a dessert reception and complimentary access to the Disney light show at Epcot Center.

Featured Institute speakers and presenters included:

  • Michelle Obama, Lunch Keynote and First Lady of the United States
  • Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
  • Bob Woodruff, ABC News Anchor
  • Rosye Cloud, Senior Advisor on Veteran Employment, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Dr. Susan S. Kelley, Director, Transition to Veteran Program Office, Department of Defense
  • Rich Morales, Colonel, U.S. Army and Executive Director, Joining Forces
  • Teresa Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor
  • Mike Haynie, Executive Director and Founder, Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University

Disney Institute is the professional development arm of The Walt Disney Company [NYSE: DIS]. Since its founding in 1986, Disney Institute has shared the company’s time-tested best practices in leadership, management, creativity/innovation, brand loyalty and customer service with millions of professionals around the world. Disney Institute remains the only professional development company to let participants step into a “living laboratory,” taking them behind-the-scenes at Disney’s theme parks and resorts to see first-hand how business theory drives operational excellence. To learn more, visit or call 321-939-4600.

The Women Veterans Business Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to educate and empower Women Veterans (and Military Families) to start and grow Veteran Owned Businesses. The Center’s Services include: Event Planning (Veteran Outreach and Networking events), Business Training and Coaching and Veterans Employment Services.

In 2014, the Center will host monthly Houston Veterans Entrepreneurship and Employment Forums. To learn more, visit or call 713-594-0179.

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