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ASPIRE TO INSPIRE How Talent Development Prepares Workers and Businesses for the Future. By Angela Alban

When I heard late last year that The Walt Disney Company was committing to invest $150 million in the future of its more than 80,000 hourly cast members and employees in the U.S., I was intrigued because it affirmed my belief that all businesses, even small businesses like mine, should invest in their talent. The new Disney Aspire education investment program is a game changer for employees interested in advancing their careers and competitiveness by learning new skills and earning certificates and degrees. This is a smart strategy: preparing a workforce and, in turn, an organization for the future. It’s a big bet — one I hope will pay off in the long run because fostering employee 52 | MAY 2019 | i4Biz.com

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