With over 20 years of training and development experience, Stu Levine brings a rich and diverse background to his clients as he helps them enhance the organizational culture and vibrancy of their organizations.
Prior to his time at Disney Institute, Stu spent 20 years working in the conservation education field, training wild animals, designing and delivering education programs, and managing education teams. He began his Disney career in 1997. During that time, he worked briefly as a third party contractor, and then at Disney University as part of the internal learning and development team, where he facilitated the company’s global orientation program as well as facilitation skills classes.
In 2000, he was asked to design and lead the newly created Animal Programs Education Team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Over the next nine years, Stu oversaw all aspects of the team including curriculum design, recruiting, training, and management of the team’s daily operations. The years spent in this role allowed him to practice and refine Disney’s leadership skills to create a cohesive, collaborative team, focused on consistent delivery of exceptional Guest experiences. His personal passion for education and employee development, on his team and beyond, led him to Disney Institute in 2010.
Stu is also an accomplished author, having published numerous books for young adults on topics ranging from wildlife, to biographies, to literary criticism. Prior to his work with Disney and conservation, he spent several years in the healthcare industry as a mental health worker, as well as in the retail industry.
In addition to receiving Disney’s Partners in Excellence award in 2003, Stu has a rich academic background, with undergraduate degrees in psychology, wildlife education, and exotic animal training and management. He also holds a masters degree in adult education and training, as well as a CPLP certification (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) from the Association for Talent Development.
Stu thoroughly enjoys utilizing his diverse background to help clients raise the bar of their customer experience and employee culture.