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Disney employee training expert to speak Jan. 31 as part of Speaker Series

January 10, 2018

Candid. Passionate. Relevant. The former head of training at the legendary Disney University, Doug Lipp is on a crusade to help organizations strengthen their corporate culture, boost business performance and have fun while doing it.

Lipp, a distinguished international consultant and eight-time author, will kick off the spring Indiana State University Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in Tilson Auditorium. His latest book is the best-selling "Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World's Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees."

At age 29, Lipp's celebrated talent catapulted him to the helm of the legendary Disney University training team at Walt Disney corporate headquarters. Fluent in Japanese, Lipp also helped Disney open its first international theme park as a member of the Tokyo Disneyland start-up team.

Drawing on his 30 plus years of combined experience at Disney and in private practice, Lipp inspires and challenges hundreds of organizations worldwide. In presentations, he shares how Disney overcame spectacular strategic challenges to unleash one of the most improbable success stories in corporate history.

Through riveting examples and powerful, relevant stories about innovation, service, value and leadership, Lipp pulls back the curtain and reveals the behaviors, tools and attitudes that are representative of cultural excellence at Disney and other great institutions. He also discusses common organizational traps that undermine companies and impede their ability to build a thriving and sustainable culture.

Consistently ranked as one of the best presenters every time he speaks, Lipp painstakingly researches and customizes each of his presentations. He underscores how a company's current culture is affecting its business, and then provides insights and actionable ideas on how they can build an even better business based on leadership, teamwork and innovation.

After his presentation, which includes experiential exercises and participant-centered activities, attendees will have a blueprint for creating and perpetuating a culture of significance unique to your organization.

Upcoming University Speaker Series appearances include former U.S. Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration Alexis Herman on Feb. 22 and president of People Ink Ann Rhoads on March 28.

For more information on these events, go to or call 812-237-3770.


Photo: -- Doug Lipp

Media contact: Libby Roerig, director of communications and media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or

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Doug Lipp, a distinguished international consultant and eight-time author, will kick off the spring Indiana State University Speakers Series at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in Tilson Auditorium.

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