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Pixar and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull to speak at Leadercast 2015

On May 8, 2015, the Workforce Development Division will host a live simulcast of the 16th annual Leadercast at NOVA’s Annandale Campus. Leadercast is the premier development event for leadership growth at all levels.

This year, Leadercast showcases “The Brave Ones” — leaders who push their organizations further and who stand up for the less fortunate. Today we’d like to introduce you to Ed Catmull.


Ed Catmull
President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios

Creativity + Bravery = Innovation 

Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing fourteen consecutive #1 box office hits, which have amassed $7 billion in combined worldwide ticket sales and garnered thirty Academy Awards. His book, Creativity, Inc., is a distillation of the ideas and management principles Ed has used to develop a creative culture. A book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, it also grants readers an all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation— into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made.

Catmull has been honored with five Academy Awards, including the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, a special Oscar for lifetime achievement in the field of computer graphics. Innovation is a cornerstone of the behavior of bravery. Every once in a while the world is impacted by a unique leader who has the ability to see new possibilities in their industry, and lead their team towards innovation and excellence touches the world. Ed Catmull defines what it means to bravely innovate inside of an established industry. As the co-founder of Pixar, he has revolutionized Hollywood by producing fourteen #1 movies, all from a genre that didn’t exist before Catmull created it.

Dean’s Speaker Series with Ed Catmull, March 2015:

Ed Catmull to speak at Johns Hopkins Commencement in May:

Event details:
Friday, May 8 2015 – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Registration fee: $80 (nonrefundable)
Includes admission, lunch, and event portfolio

For more information and to register, sign up at