"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
This is the quote that guides the leadership of Give Kids The World and its president, Pamela Landwirth as she encourages and inspires the staff, nearly 15,000 active volunteers, and countless individual and corporate donors to make a difference in the lives of families with a child battling a life-threatening illness. Pamela has been involved with Give Kids The World since 1992 and was appointed President in 1995. In this role she is responsible for the operations of the Village and all strategic advancement initiatives for the organization.
Prior to joining the Village team, Pamela had an extensive background in resort operations management, human resource development, and project planning from her 16 years with the Walt Disney World Company. Her various roles within Disney allowed her to be active in a wide range of areas including Casting, the Disney University, Parks, Resorts, and Attractions Sales and to serve on numerous initiatives including the “I Have an Idea” Committee, instructing the “Disney Approach to People Management” and “Disney Approach to Quality Service,” and serving on the opening task forces for nine hotel and attraction openings. In 1992 Pamela accepted an assignment to help oversee the pre-opening activities and training for all resort Cast Members at Disneyland Paris. After leaving Disney in 1993, Pamela was a consultant to the President and CEO of Hard Rock Cafe in all areas of human resources, organizational development, and strategic planning.
Pamela brings a strong background in community service to Give Kids The World. She was the liaison between Walt Disney World and Junior Achievement for five years and served on Disney’s Operation: Community and VoluntEar Boards. Pamela has served on numerous non-profit boards and currently sits on the Executive Advisory Board for the Something mAAgic Foundation and the University of Central Florida Nonprofit Advisory Board.
Pamela earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in business administration from Rollins College.