About Life at Disney Podcast

Welcome to the Life at Disney podcast, the show where you’ll discover what it’s like to Be Part of the Story in a career with Disney. Your hosts, Tony Williams and Ashley Siegel uncover some remarkable stories from the perspective of the people and teams behind the magic. In each episode, we will talk with cast members, crew, Imagineers, and employees to learn more about working at Disney. We will peek behind the curtain of a variety of career opportunities available, like doing research and development with Imagineering, traveling the world as a Destination Manager with National Geographic Expeditions, or starting your career with Disney Programs. We will dive into the creative minds behind signature dining menus for our parks and resorts and learn more about how Disney on the Yard fosters a culture of connection and community for HBCU students and alumni. Join us as we bring our core values, culture, and work to life by getting to know the folks who make up The Walt Disney Company on a personal level.



Ashley Siegel

Ashley Siegel

Outreach & Engagement Director

An intersectional diversity, equity, and inclusion champion, Ashley Siegel leads the Walt Disney Company’s Outreach and Engagement global strategy development and implementation. Working at the intersection of Talent Acquisition, DEI, and Corporate Social Responsibility, their organization’s cross-functional responsibilities span relationship formation and management of nonprofit and community partnerships, full event lifecycle creation and execution, community building and connection facilitation, and elevation of Disney’s beloved brands and businesses.

Tony Williams

Tony Williams

Senior Manager, Diversity Recruiting Programs

Tony joined the Disney family via Hulu in 2020 to stand up for Hulu’s Community Program to expand how we think about talent and where it comes from. He’s guided by the idea that “talent is distributed equally, opportunity is not.” In his role as Sr. Manager, Diversity Recruiting Programs, Tony Williams leads our efforts to build a workforce that reflects the beautifully diverse audiences we serve. Currently, Tony helps leaders across The Walt Disney Company think differently about inclusion and hiring. 


We talk with two technologists who give an inside look at some of the projects they’re currently working on, discuss the culture of their teams, and share advice for anyone interested in a career with technology at Disney.

This week, both our guests hail from our Disney Studios Content team and take us behind the scenes of their roles, the virtual production process used on The Mandalorian, and how technology is creating new and exciting roles within Studios.

Whether you are interested in creating content for National Geographic’s scripted shows or helping create itineraries for Nat Geo Expeditions, we learn that it is all about deepening people’s understanding of the world and our role within it.

At Disney, inclusion is for everyone. In this episode, we share the opportunities available for our cast members, crew, Imagineers, and employees, as well as our external audience in the diversity, inclusion, and equity space and how it has evolved.

This week, we make stops at our parks on both coasts as we hear from two chefs who share their culinary journey, how they conceptualize dishes that end up in our parks and resorts, and the different career paths available with Disney Culinary.

Hear from two Disney College Program alumni, including a recently converted Disney Intern, about their experiences, their roles with the company today, and how you can get started in one on a Disney Program.

The go-to spot for all sports coverage, we sit down with two ESPN employees who share about how ESPN handles breaking news, tips on how you can improve your content skills, and the different areas you get to work in when you join the ESPN Next program.

We are joined by two Walt Disney Imagineers who talk about their current roles in AR/VR engineering and research & development, how they got their start with Walt Disney Imagineering, and advice for anyone interested in becoming an Imagineer.

In this bonus episode, we are joined by two guests from our Disney Parks, Experiences and Products team as they talk about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, highs and lows experienced, and some things you want to know about Disney Cast Life.

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