The Workforce Development Committee was pleased to welcome OCBC members, Sinan Kanatsiz with KCOMM and the Anaheim International Film Festival and Doug McIntyre of the Disneyland Resort for the September 15 meeting.
Mr. Kanatsiz opened up the dialogue by promoting the Anaheim International Film Festival taking place October 13 through 17 at the Gardenwalk in Anaheim. The Disneyland Resort is the flagship partner of this venture featuring more than 100 films with 40% from different countries. This year the Film Festival has partnered with the Orange County Department of Education on student project called the “The One Minute Youth Challenge” featuring promising young filmmakers. Additional information on the Anaheim International Film Festival can be read via, www.anaheimfilm.org.
Mr. McIntyre of the Disneyland Resort is the Director of Entertainment, employing approximately 2,600 just in that pursuit alone. The entertainment division works on product development, marketing, Walt Disney Imagineering and creative entertainment. The ultimate goal for the entertainment department is “Driving the Gate.” These talented Disney staffers work to ensure that the millions of visitors vacationing at the park have a fantastic stay. The Entertainment Department is always looking for the next big idea that will “WOW” the guests. The Disneyland Resort is looking for creativity and diversity in future employees, determined to stay relevant. Success means, computers can do it faster, creativity is a commodity and collaboration is key.
Mr. McIntyre continued saying, an American company such as Disney is considered successful if they think outside the box, support the arts in education, teach brainstorming skills, practice collaborative skills, instill confidence in students, help students communicate their ideas, and encourage diverse thinking. This is why The Disneyland Resort promotes creative careers, teachers of the year, scholarship programs, and serving on the boards for such organizations as Arts OC, the Orange County High School of the Arts and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Mr. McIntyre ended his presentation discussing how creativity can come from anywhere and that collaboration is essential to the creative process and should be taught and encouranged. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.