Jeffrey A. Barnes

Jeff is a Walt Disney historian and the author of two bestselling books, “The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth” and  “Beyond the Wisdom of Walt: Life Lessons from the Most Magical Place on Earth”, each capturing the details of this entertainment legend’s life and the lessons his successes and failures can teach us all. 

As a motivational speaker and workshop presenter, Jeff channels his love for Disney into engaging live and virtual experiences for audiences, helping them learn life’s greatest lessons and discover the foundation of the magical destinations that are loved around the world.

 Jeff’s philosophy when presenting is that Walt Disney created a kingdom where happily ever after is always the way the story ends. But there’s more to learn from the man who gave us The Happiest Place on Earth. Walt’s legacy isn’t just about giving us a loveable mouse and magical lands. His life teaches us how to rise above the conflicts, setbacks, and challenges that come in business and in life to become the hero of our own story. At every hint of crisis, we have choices - to panic or pivot, implode or innovate, retreat or be resourceful. Lean in and discover the compelling transformations inspired by Walt Disney’s life that are paramount to realizing your dreams and goals. Be encouraged and motivated as we explore how his deliberate choices laid the foundation for a legacy of leadership and success.