Project YOU:  Managing Your Career as a Project Professional

    Meg Crofton
    Former President, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, US & France, and 35-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company

    Meg Crofton is a 35-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company. She retired from her position as President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S. and France, in 2015 and currently coaches and speaks on a wide range of leadership issues while serving on multiple Boards.  

    Throughout her Disney career, Meg held multiple executive positions in both operating and functional areas, as well as key leadership roles in the opening of many domestic and international properties. In her last role, she was responsible for the operations of the company’s theme parks and resorts in Florida, California and France and led a workforce of over 100,000. In addition, she led the global division’s functional lines of business which included food and beverage, merchandise, hotel and park operations, facilities/maintenance and safety and security. Prior to this, Meg served as the fourth president of the Walt Disney World Resort, the world’s premiere vacation destination. During her tenure, she led the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom Park, launched the expansion and rebranding of the property’s retail, dining and entertainment complex, and was at the forefront of the award-winning MyMagic+ technology initiative aimed at transforming the guest experience.  

    Meg is widely known and respected for her outstanding leadership and passion for a world-class customer and employee experience. She believes that when great brand, culture and leadership are present, employees in any organization can make “magic” happen. Upon her retirement from Disney, Meg received the company’s highest honor – a dedicated window on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom Park which celebrates her legacy of mentoring and leadership development.

    Dr. James Brown
    President, SEBA Solutions; Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida; Author, The Handbook of Program Management

    James T. Brown, Ph.D., president of SEBA® SolutionsInc., a Registered Education Provider for the ProjectManagement Institute, has provided training and consulting services for dozens of companies nationally and internationally.  Heis the author of The Handbook of Program Management published by McGraw-Hill. James has been published in PM Network, PE Magazine, PMI Community Post, Projects@Work, The Systems Thinker and PM World Today.   

    James has a patent for a project scheduling methodology, and has received numerous awards including the "NASA Public Service Medal." James has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida, a MS in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Project Management Professional and a Certified Speaking Professional.  A recognized authority in project management, he is a frequently invited keynote speaker on project management and leadership. 

    James is a member of the Project Management Institute, the Society for Information Management and the National Association of Corporate Directors.  He currently serves as chairman of the board for Florida’s Technological Research and Development Authority.  James is an avid surf fisherman whose favorite activity is catch-and-release fishing for Roosterfish on the beaches of Mexico.

     Alana Hill, PMP
    CEO, 2Hill Consulting Services; B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University; Blogger, Leading Change...The Ms. Engineer Way

    Alana M. Hill, PMP is a passionate speaker, author, and learning consultant at 2Hill Consulting Services. Her experience as an engineer and certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in energy and talent development provides real‐world insight into how people and teams can excel, even in the face of adversity. Her international business expertise shapes her perspective of change leadership and seasons her presentations. Throughout her career, Alana has led diverse teams and delivered high-impact workshops all over the world! 

    With over 20 years of corporate leadership and training expertise, Alana helps individuals and organizations accomplish their goals by utilizing sharp analysis, strategic planning, and interpersonal skills development; and she promotes behavior styles and conflict resolution techniques to improve team dynamics and performance. Alana provides her clients with a combination of critical thinking and compassionate leadership, which she labels “Leading Change the Ms. Engineer Way”.  Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, small technology firms, churches, and non-profits. Her adaptability makes her an asset across the professional spectrum. 

    Before establishing her consultancy in 2006, Alana enjoyed a colorful career with Schlumberger advancing from a Field Engineer to a Program Manager. In her tenure with the oilfield services giant, she not only managed multiple technology implementations, she also learned to drive an 18-wheeler!  Alana holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and has numerous accomplishments in talent development.