Jeff Barnes

Jeff Barnes

Author, Speaker & College Dean

Dr. Jeffrey A. Barnes is a bestselling author & captivating keynote speaker that engages audiences with lessons learned from Walt Disney. Jeff uses the magical story of Walt Disney, Disneyland, and Walt Disney World to challenge audiences to think bigger, expand their expectations, and to never stop dreaming!

One of his major keynote topics is on the power of resiliency and overcoming obstacles and adversity. Jeff shows audiences around the world how they can do the next right thing and start building their great, big, beautiful tomorrow. Jeff speaks to all types of groups, from CEOs to educators, challenging and teaching them and their teams to live their dreams, take action, and to create their own magic so that every day can be as magical as a day at Disneyland.

Jeff is the best-selling author of two 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’. Both books are based on the life of Walt Disney and the creation of the Disney theme parks. Known as Dr. Disneyland, Jeff attributes his passion for Disney to his love of history and Walt’s story of success. Jeff believes the parks teach us some of life’s greatest lessons.

Jeff also works as a higher education administrator, university professor, and leadership and success coach. He has taught more than twenty different college courses, as well as writing and developing his dream course, the History of Disneyland, leading numerous teams in both campus growth and retention.