Don Levonius, M.A.
Don Levonius believes that people of character can change the world, and he's passionate about helping them do so. In fact, he's been doing it for 18 years!
As a master facilitator and certified international speaker with The John Maxwell Team and Victory Performance Consulting LLC, Don draws on more than 18 years of leadership experience – including 13 years with Disney. He has over 16 years of public speaking experience and delivers about 75 sessions annually.
Don's ability to connect with audiences, and his passion for serving them, has helped tens of thousands in North America, Europe, and Asia master the life-changing skills they need to live and lead well.
Don began his professional career in New York City as a loss prevention manager for an upscale Fifth Avenue retailer. 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, Walt Disney World Security Training Academy 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 Fortune 100 corporations, international associations, and other prestigious organizations. (See more about Victory on the "Our Story" page.)
He simultaneously served as director of seminars and curriculum development for the Institute of Internal Auditors, an international association with over 185,000 members. While there, Don led the development of over 160 new and customized seminars, increased registrations by 13%, and generated $3M USD annually.
Today, Don continues to lead the Victory team as a consultant, master facilitator, and certified international speaker. His popular programs engage, entertain, and educate audiences worldwide and have helped tens of thousands of people master the skills they need to live and lead well.
Don holds master's degrees in human resource development and business & organizational security management, as well as undergraduate degrees in management and business administration. He is certified as a coach, speaker, and leadership facilitator by The John Maxwell Team, 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 like yours laugh and learn about life and leadership, book Don Levonius.