Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Close to My Heart Leadership at Disneyland Hotel
Close to My Heart offered us the chance to attend a fabulous leadership prior to the Annual National Convention in sunny California at the Disneyland Hotel! What an absolutely perfect setting for their convention! The Disney Institute is perfectly aligned with Close to My Heart's philosophy! The setting was perfect!
I drove from Las Vegas and found my 8 roommates (we had adjoining rooms in the Adventure Tower) standing on the curb laughing at me while the poor bell boy Larry offered to "do anything I wanted" while they stood "lending their support" which consisted of heckling, laughing and photographing Larry and I unpacking my Attitude truck while they enjoyed themselves at our expense.
Our room was seriously luxurious and slept five as it had a daybed and refrigerator. Our headboard played "A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes" and lit up with sparkle lights. How perfect!! Not only was the setting perfect, but Disney gave the convention discounted rooms and Park TICKET rates!! We also got INSTANT fast passes which were the BOMB!!
I have achieved the title of Executive Director so I get spoiled a little. Close to My Heart wants to motivate everyone in the company to reach the management level of Director and above so we get some perks like: Directors get special seating, Executive Directors and above get reserved seating with our name and photo on the seat, our seats are draped and this year the Executive Directors had a green bow. I got to sit on the front row again. Executive Directors and above also get an exclusive invitation to a Presidential Luncheon with Jeanette Lynton, CEO of the company. We received an exclusive Mickey Mouse snowglobe at the reception. When we registered Executive Director's also received an exclusive Minnie Mouse Lanyard, it's so cute!! All the Directors were invited to a Director's dinner in the Sleeping Beauty pavilion where we were surprised to find Mickey Mouse ears with our names on them. We also received a handmade card from Jeanette along with a Twilight Pass to California Adventure where we had reserved seating for World of Color. They even gave us Mickey Mouse shaped rice crispy treats to enjoy at World of Color, they think of everything!
One of my first downline, Pamela O'Conner was a first time Director, and she was amazed by all the Director perks! I hope my entire team strives to be Directors for next year's convention at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX, July 11 (Leadership) and July 12-14 (Stars Shine Bright CTMH Convention).
Our keynote speaker, Mary Flynn, was GREAT!! She shared with us that Disney has experienced turbulent times and has been in business for over 80 years!! I have been a long time fan of Disney and that LOVE has been renewed hearing their philosphy, they are simply amazing! Close to My Heart is really closely aligned with the Disney Institute! What an amazing blessing to be a consultant for 20 years!!