Author and Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner to Speak at Athenaeum

On Sept. 16, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum will host an evening with Michael Eisner, former chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company and co-author of Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed.

Eisner is credited with successfully transitioning Disney from struggling film and theme park business to multi-billion-dollar global media conglomerate. In Working Together, Eisner explores nine successful corporate partnerships and why they worked, using his strong partnership with Frank Wells as an example. Other pairs include baseball’s Joe Torre and Don Zimmer, financiers Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger, and restauranteurs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken.

Eisner began his career at ABC, moving up the ranks to the position of senior vice president of programming and development. Under his tenure, ABC moved to number one in primetime, daytime, and children’s programming. After ABC, Eisner was named president and CEO of Paramount Studios for eight years, then served as chairman and CEO of Disney for 21 years. In 2005, Eisner founded a media and entertainment investment firm called The Tornante Company. Additionally, he hosts of Conversations with Michael Eisner on CNBC.

Michael Eisner’s appearance at CMC is sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum in collaboration with the Drucker Business Forum. Books will be available for sale and signing immediately after the discussion.

Visit the Athenaeum home page for more information.

–Carlton Rueb ’11