Leadership Development

Disney Innovations & Leadership Academy

The Disney Innovations & Leadership Academy provides students with tools to be the leaders who shape tomorrow. During the fall semester, a cohort of 20 students will engage in an accelerated leadership experience through workshops, building a foundation of leadership principles and shared philosophy. 

During November, students take part in a six-day, five-night experience at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL attending four Disney Imagination Campus workshops. These educational programs focus on Leadership Strategies, Techniques of Teamwork, Immersive Storytelling, and Theme Park Design. Students will understand how Disney develops leaders and creates magical experiences for their guests and cast members, while connecting back to their own leadership experiences at Lone Star College-Tomball. Students will engage through group learning and individual educational breakout sessions, participate in experiential activities in the Disney Theme Parks, and develop an action plan for accomplishing their student leadership and career goals.

Program Objectives

By participating in the Lone Star College-Tomball Disney Innovation & Leadership Academy, students will:

  • Understand elements of team dynamics; identify key challenges teams face; and develop a strategic plan to address them
  • Understand the need for building consensus on a team and an individual’s responsibility in achieving it
  • Articulate the value of encouraging and supporting individual strengths and talents on a team
  • Share critical environmental elements that a leader must provide for a truly creative team to thrive
  • Articulate the pervasive and critical need for clear and precise communication from a leader to their team, as well as the necessity for a 360° communication flow within a team
  • Describe discussed leadership styles, give examples, and identify which are closest to their own style
  • Develop strategic plan for great leadership and effective team communication
  • Identify and apply Disney Key Concepts for Strategic Leadership, Teamwork, and Creative Discontent
  • Understand forced perspective and how to use it
  • Identify the role of color in shaping mood
  • Identify the importance of safety within creativity

Session Dates and Times

Session Date Session Title
Session 1 September 16, 2022 Introductory Retreat/ Setting the Stage for Success
Session 2 September 23, 2022 Capture Hearts and Minds
Session 3 October 14, 2022 Be Willing to Change
Session 4 October 28, 2022 Walt Disney World Trip Planning Session
Session 5 November 4, 2022 Final Trip Details/Teamwork
Trip Session November10, 2022-November 15, 2022 Trip to Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida
  November 11, 2022 A "Teamwork the Disney Way" Workshop at EPCOT
  November 12, 2022 A "Leadership the Disney Way" Workshop at EPCOT
  November 13, 2022 A "Immersive Storytelling" Workshop at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  November 14, 2022 A "Theme Park Design" Workshop at Disney's Magic Kingdom
Session 6 December 2, 2022 Walt Disney World Trip Debrief
Session 7 January 20, 2023 Storytelling and Culture (Know the Story, Share the Story, Live the Story)
Session 8 January 27, 2023 Keep Plussing the Show/Creating Culture of Excellence
Session 9 February 10, 2023 iLead Presentation
Session 10 February 24, 2023 Mastering the Four C's
Session 11 March 3, 2023 Do You Know Your Story
Session 12 March 31, 2023 Everyone Can Lead
Session 13 April 14, 2023 People Make a Difference/ Power of Recognition & Graduation and Lunch

All sessions, except session 13 and the President's Cabinet Presentation (TBD), will be held from 11am-1pm.

Program Cost

Cost per student is $1,999 (non-refundable)

  • First payment of $667 is due Friday, September 30, 2022
  • Second payment of $667 is due Friday, October 14, 2022
  • Final payment of $665 is due Friday, November 4, 2022

Program cost includes airline ticket, hotel cost, most meals and required park tickets.

Want to Donate to the Disney Innovations and Leadership Academy?

To financially support the LSC-Tomball Office of Student Engagement Innovation & Leadership Academy program, complete the form below. To donate to a specific fund, please select MG101 from the drop down then specify in the comment section. Next, type the official fund name TP146 LSC-Tomball Office of Student Engagement Innovation & Leadership Academy in the “Additional Comments” box.  Your donation directly supports students chosen for the program. Donations are tax deductible. If you would like to help support the Disney Innovation and Leadership Academy Program please use the link below to donate.


Participants must be 18 years or older to participate in this program.

Participants must have a valid form of identification.

Participants must be taking at least 6 credit hours at LSC-Tomball.



What is iLead at LSC-Tomball? 

iLead is designed for emerging and seasoned leaders to enhance their leadership styles and abilities within their organizations. At iLead student leaders will learn new and innovative leadership skills, communication skills, planning skills, budgeting skills and so much more that is involved with participating in a student organization on campus. Interested in joining a student organization and participating in iLead on campus? Please stop by the Student Engagement Office C223 or email Shannon Marino at smarino@lonestar.edu

For more information contact:
Shannon Marino
Phone: 281-357-3642

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