Central Illinois 
Human Resources Group

CiHRG 1/2 Day Monthly Meeting

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn


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1/2 Day Meeting featuring Jeff Barnes AKA "Dr. Disneyland"

    Lunch and Social Networking:  Noon to 1 pm

    Speaker from 1 pm to 5 pm

Jeff Barnes AKA “Dr. Disneyland”

 The first time Jeff Barnes visited Disneyland, he hated it. The experience just wasn’t for him, and he couldn’t imagine coming back to ride a ride or have an ice cream cone on Main Street.

 But after a chance encounter with the life story of Walt Disney, Jeff’s mind was forever changed about the man and the kingdom he created. He fell in love with Disneyland and became a forever-fan of the man who built an empire based on a loveable mouse.

 Jeff is a Walt Disney historian and the author of two bestselling books, The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth and Beyond the Wisdom of Walt: Life Lessons from Walt, each capturing the details of this entertainment legend’s life and the lessons his successes and failures can teach us all.

 A motivational speaker and workshop presenter, Jeff channels his love for Disney into engaging live and virtual experience for audiences, helping them learn life’s greatest lessons and discover the foundation of the magical destinations that are loved around the world.

 When he’s not giving a personal tour of a Disney park, you’ll find Jeff exploring local ice cream shops or traveling throughout the United States visiting friends.


 During the first part of our ½ day presentation, Jeff will speak to us about Becoming the Hero of Your Story : Life Lessons from Walt Disney

 Walt Disney created a kingdom where happily ever after is always the way the story ends. But there’s more to learn from the man who gave us the happiest place on earth. Walt’s legacy isn’t just about giving us a loveable mouse and magical lands. His life teaches us how to rise above the conflicts, setbacks, and challenges that come both in business and life to become the hero of our own story. At every hint of crisis, we have choices—to panic or pivot, implode or innovate, retreat or be resourceful. Lean in and discover the compelling transformations inspired by Walt Disney’s life that are paramount to realizing your dreams and goals. Be encouraged and motivated as we explore how his deliberate choices laid the foundation for a legacy of leadership and success.

 Key Takeaways

  • Discover little-known turning points in the life of Walt Disney and how failure was his springboard to a life of creativity and innovation.
  • Learn how setbacks can be the catalyst to becoming the hero of your own story.
  • Explore how limiting beliefs are the biggest obstacle to realizing your goals and how to defeat them so you can achieve lasting success.

 That will be followed up with an interactive workshop—Unlock Your Own Magic: Leadership Lessons from The Happiest Place on Earth

 Building leadership-based resiliency is not a one-time act but a result of making choices when you come to a crossroads. Walt Disney’s life was filled with crossroad moments, and the choices he made to be “all in” on his dreams still shape Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the rest of the magical empire that bears his name. This workshop will take you on a fascinating virtual tour of iconic Disney parks, uncovering leadership lessons along the way that will impact your life, work, and relationships. You’ll learn how Walt used the power of vision, supportive accountability, and the effectiveness of empowerment to unlock he magic in his own life and the lives of those around him to make his vision a reality. You’ll leave this interactive experience armed with the tools you need to be unstoppable.

 Key Takeaways

  • Explore leadership-based resiliency and why cultivating it in yourself and others is a game-changer in business and in life.
  • Learn the 7 Pillars of Leadership modeled by Walt Disney and how to apply them so you can change your approach at pivotal moments.
  • Develop a healthy way to measure performance so you deliver your best performance in every situation.



PO Box 7291, Champaign, IL. 61826-7291



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