Learn from 26 years of Disney experience

Bring Disney magic to your leadership style

Spark a culture in your organization the Disney way

About Dan

Dan started his Disney career as a participant of the Walt Disney World college program, and worked his way up to Vice President, Magic Kingdom, leading a team of 12,000 cast members, who entertain millions of guests every year.

Dan puts great value on spending time in the operation and frequently assisted cast members and interacted with guests in the park. He believes that building relationships is critical for leadership success, and his approachability in the workplace is a testament to his people-first philosophy.

Available Spring 2020.

About Valerie

Valerie was born and raised in France where she graduated from Institut Pitiot-Lyon II with a degree in Business hospitality. She joined Disneyland Paris in 1991 as a retail manager and ran multiple merchandise locations in the Resort division. She eventually joined the Merchandise Buying Office and oversaw the assortment planning for all Resort merchandise locations.

Upon moving to Florida, Valerie worked as Assortment Planning Manager at Downtown Disney and Epcot Center. She eventually moved to Merchandise Brand Management for both Epcot and the Disney Cruise Line. Valerie left the company to raise her 3 kids but returned to Disney in 2014 to become a contract facilitator for Disney Institute. She facilitated professional development classes and custom programs in both French and English. She drew from her international management experience in retail to teach Disney’s approach to Leadership Excellence and Customer Service.

What Dan and Valerie Have to Offer

Dan has a passion for developing people through coaching, inspirational and insightful speeches. See a full list of what knowledge he has to offer you today!


Dan is available to deliver insightful and inspirational keynote speeches.

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Leadership Workshops

Dan and Valerie facilitate half and full day seminars which can be customized to your needs.

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Coaching 1-1

Dan and Valerie provide executive and leadership coaching.

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What People Are Saying…

Our recent partnership with Dan Cockerell has been a uniquely fulfilling experience. For 35
years, the cornerstone Mader Southeast’s success has been a commitment to regularly reevaluating
how we manage our business operation. Working with Dan provided our team with
an opportunity to renew our commitment to the protocols that have produced results, while
adding a new perspective that promotes diverse ideas and innovative management.

Adam Eckelbarger, Mader Southeast
President – CEO

On behalf of the FAIRWINDS IT Team, I would like to thank you again for taking the time to
speak with us today. The team has already started providing me with feedback… describing
your talk as “inspiring”, “motivating”, and “interesting”. I’m also thankful for the time you
permitted before and after the talk to personally interact with our team members. I wish you
much success in the future and thank you again for the opportunity.

Ted J. Spero
VP, IT Infrastructure
FAIRWINDS Credit Union

When Dan was invited to share his thoughts on management and leadership with our YPO
group, we knew we would get some great, useful content stemming from Dan’s 20 plus years
as a Disney Executive. We also got a great story teller in the Walt Disney tradition. Many of
our members echoed the same thoughts- it is Dan’s down to earth presence, his genuine
sincerity in his message and in helping the group, and his rare ability to use storytelling to
bring the lessons learned to life. Our group came away with relevant, actionable content that
was deeply insightful.

Michael Cimini
YPO Daychair
Connecticut River Valley

Dan Cockerell presented the most memorable keynotes of our conference series this year, not
just once, but multiple times from Park City, Utah, to Bangkok Thailand and Monte Carlo,
Monaco. Dan shared compelling anecdotes and important messages that everyone could
connect with. Attendees and subsequent panelist referenced his messages on clarity,
collaboration, and humility.

Armand Rabinowitz
Senior Director of Strategy and Workgroups
Hospitality Technology Next Generation

I enjoyed hearing the insight of a former Disney Executive on how to accomplish top notch performance and customer service all while treating their “Cast Members” well.

Dan was the best part of the event for me. Very engaging, relevant, and certainly thought provoking. I wish all of our leadership could have attended to hear his message.

Dan Cockerell’s knowledge and experience were very insightful and inspiring. I felt the topics were very relevant to our organization and department and the insights could be applied right away.

The things that Dan Cockerell shared can transcend industries and does not require any capital to implement, yet they can have a huge impact to the culture of your organization, the success of your teams and your overall reputation.

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