Lodging Legend: Valerie Ferguson, Regional General Manager, Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World

A literal legend in the industry, Valerie Ferguson has worked for everyone from Hyatt and Ritz Carlton to Loews Hotels and now Disney Parks and Resorts. A former Chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), she has led the way not only for women but for all people of color…opening doors and shattering ceilings.

Currently, Val oversees ten Deluxe Resorts for Disney in Orlando. An operations person to her core, she still loves having her office inside a hotel, walking around, talking to team members, and meeting clients; and while she adores the career she has chosen, Val’s journey hasn’t always been a smooth one. Learn more about Herstory.