Retired Executive Vice President of Walt Disney World Resort & Best Selling Author
Lee Cockerell retired as the Executive Vice President of Operations for the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a position he held for ten years. His responsibilities encompassed a diverse mix of operations, which included 20 resort hotels with over 24,000 Guest rooms, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 5 golf courses, a shopping village & nighttime entertainment complex, a sports & recreation complex, and the ancillary operations support functions.
Lee joined the Disney organization in July 1990 as Director of Food and Beverage and Quality Assurance for the Disneyland Paris hotels. Prior to joining the Walt Disney World Co., he spent seventeen years in various executive positions with the Marriott Corporation and eight years with Hilton Hotels.
Today Lee is the founder of his consulting, seminar and speaking business, Lee Cockerell, LLC specializing in leadership, management and customer service.
Lee has served on the Heart of Florida United Way Board for six years including being the Chairman of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee and as Campaign Chairman for Central Florida. Lee served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY; a member of the Board of Directors of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and in 2005 Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service where he served as the Chairman of the Board. In 2008 Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma named Lee as a Creative Ambassador to assist the state in leadership and business development.
Lee serves on the Oklahoma State University Board of Advisers for the School of Hospitality and Tourism, the Gregory Elias Entertainment Management Advisory Board for the University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality, Advisory Board Rollins College Department of Business
Lee has been voted Best Grandfather of the year for 23 straight years by his three grandchildren, Jullian, Margot and Tristan.
Lee is the author of four books on Leadership, Management and Customer Service and the Co-Author for a text book for the State University of New York (SUNY), Suffolk County Community College. Lee has written several books including Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney, The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules to Deliver Sensational Service, Time Management Magic: How to Get More Done Every Day, and Career Magic: How to Stay on Track to Achieve a Stellar Career!
Learn more about Lee's work here.
Sunni Brown founded the SB Ink creative consultancy over 12 years ago and she continues to grow and lead it. She is a best-selling author, speaker, expert meeting facilitator and Deep Self Designer™. She was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company. Her team has designed and led hundreds of group experiences in diverse industries and she is a veteran public speaker, having delivered countless presentations and "playnotes" in environments around the world. Sunni is the best-selling author of Gamestorming and The Doodle Revolution and she leads a worldwide campaign advocating for visual, game, design and improvisational thinking and deploys those techniques to teach sought-after leadership skills like empathy, emotional intelligence, effective communication and collaboration. Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than 1.5 million views on TED.com and her work has been featured in every major U.S. publication including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, WIRED, and Entrepreneur, as well as being featured twice on CBS Sunday Morning and recently on The TODAY Show. Sunni is an autodidact and she is trained in meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Right Use of Power, and two mind-body practices called Hakomi and Internal Family Systems. Her forthcoming book currently sub-titled Deep Self Design™, uses visual and game thinking to teach an inner science for dissolving personal obstacles.
Creator of Kid President & Best Selling Author
More details about Brad's work will be coming soon. But he's the guy who created Kid President on YouTube, authored a best selling book, and sparked a joy rebellion! Brad is also one of Mid State's top keynotes of all time. He's excited to return with new content on how we can be better Grown Ups for our world and the young humans we work with.