We have a few updates to share regarding The Walt Disney Company’s Heroes Work Here initiative. First, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve hired about 250 veterans for roles throughout our company since announcing the effort here on the blog in March. And that’s only the beginning – our goal is to provide jobs and career opportunities to at least 1,000 military vets over the next three years.
Next, we’ve kicked off the first of three Heroes Work Here Career Expos . Yesterday, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger welcomed veterans to the Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank for an event designed to help attendees sharpen their job-seeking skills, like resume writing and interviewing techniques. Participants also had the opportunity to meet Disney recruiters and network with Cast Members who served in the military. Similar events are planned for New York City tomorrow and Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday.
Bob was joined at today’s event by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense organization, that promotes cooperation between its members and civilian employers. Bob signed an ESGR Statement of Support as a reflection of our commitment to the many guardsmen, reservists and veterans who work at Disney.
Of course, the expos and hiring program are just a part of the Disney Heroes Work Here commitment. An awareness campaign to encourage employers across the U.S. to hire veterans has already launched. We’re also investing in four organizations – Blue Star Families, The Mission Continues, USA Cares, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America – that provide training and other services to veterans and their families.
If you’d like to learn more, please visit the Heroes Work Here Disney Careers website.