MEG CROFTON – RETIRED EXECUTIVE OF THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
This event was held on February 4, 2016 at PlumpJack, Squaw Valley
Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. and event began at 6 p.m.
February 4, at PlumpJack in Squaw Valley, join SVI for an exciting presentation from Meg Crofton. Crofton is an inspiring mentor, speaker, and retired executive of The Walt Disney Company. She will be sharing her life experiences and leadership lessons. She will also give historical insights to Walt Disney himself and his extraordinary road to greatness with little known stories about his involvement with the 1960 Winter Olympics and Squaw Valley.
Meg Crofton is a 35-year veteran with The Walt Disney Company. She retired in 2015 as the president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France. In that role, she was responsible for operations at the company’s theme parks and resorts including the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California and Disneyland Paris. She was also responsible for global lines of business (food & beverage, rooms, merchandise), facilities, safety and security.
Prior to this role, she served as only the fourth president in the history of the Walt Disney World Resort, overseeing a workforce of more than 66,000 Cast Members at the world’s premiere vacation destination. During her tenure as president, Meg oversaw the opening of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history; and launched the transformation of Downtown Disney into “Disney Springs,” a multi-year project to transform the property’s retail, dining, and entertainment complex. Meg was also at the forefront of the award-winning MyMagic+ technology initiative. Meg was widely known and respected for her outstanding leadership and passion for a world class Guest and cast experience. Upon her retirement, Meg received one of the highest honors Disney provides: a dedicated window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom park.
Meg earned both her bachelor’s degree in marketing and her MBA from Florida State University. She was inducted into the FSU College of Business Hall of Fame in 2008, and recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. Meg also received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Otterbein University, and the Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins College. Meg and her husband Rich reside in northern California and she continues to be an active speaker and mentor, sharing her life and leadership lessons as well as continuing to learn from others’ journeys.
Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) would like to thank everyone who attended the event. It was an inspiring and illuminating presentation! Audience members had such passionate and thoughtful questions during the speaker Q & A portion. A very special thanks to our generous event and organization sponsors. Also, thank you to those who participated in our silent charity auction and raffle. Our organization is deeply appreciative of the generous and continued support from our members, donors, and sponsors.
Thank you to everyone who attended this event!