As a certified international speaker with The John Maxwell Team and Victory Performance Consulting LLC, Don Levonius draws on more than 18 years of leadership experience – including 13 years with Disney. His ability to connect with audiences and his passion for equipping them has helped thousands in North America, Europe, and Asia master the life-changing skills they need to live and lead well - at work, at home, and in their communities.
Don began his professional career in New York City as a loss prevention manager for upscale Fifth Avenue retailer B. Altman & Co. He was later hired to manage loss prevention and investigations for Disney Theme Parks, where he was ranked among the top 2% of employees and awarded a "Partners in Excellence" lifetime achievement award.
Following the 9/11 attacks, Don was handpicked to transform Disney Security training to help the company combat the increased threat of terrorism. Under Don's leadership, the Disney Security Training Institute became a licensed provider of anti-terrorism and crisis response training and a benchmark for private and public security organizations worldwide.
Don's transformational impact on Disney Security was just the start. Having recognized his strengths, Disney promoted Don to lead training for Disney Transport (12 Monorails, 13 Watercraft, and 350 Buses). A short while later the company promoted him again to lead training for Disney Resorts, (25,000 guest rooms, 200 retail and dining locations, and 20,000 employees).
In 2009, Don left Disney and launched Victory Performance Consulting LLC, which immediately began developing and delivering training for prominent organizations - including General Electric, BP Oil, NBC Universal, the Florida Attorney General's Office, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and others.
Today, Don is a certified international speaker and master facilitator specializing in communication, ethics, influence, and leadership. His keynotes engage, entertain, and educate audiences worldwide and his seminars empower leaders and emerging leaders for a growing list of organizations - including General Motors, Just$ave Foods, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Lowes Foods, YRC Worldwide, ASIS International, Association of College and University Auditors, CoreNet Global, CORFAC International, ISACA, PRMIA, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), RMAC, the Florida Attorney General, Valencia College, and many others.
Don holds master's degrees in human resource development and business & organizational security management and undergraduate degrees in management and business administration. He earned speaker certifications from a number of prominent organizations including John C. Maxwell, Development Dimensions International (DDI), Achieve Global, and Lead Like Jesus.
If you're looking for a proven speaker who consistently goes the extra mile to help groups laugh and learn about life and leadership, contact Don Levonius. Your audience will thank you.