WALT DISNEY BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 1941

CRISIS MANAGER: Mark wilcox

Chair: Thomas connelly


The Walt Disney Board of Directors has fallen upon hard times in a world at war. In a convenient alliance of economic and political necessities, the government has enlisted the company with a finger on the pulse of the nation: Disney. Delegates must masterfully craft films and cartoons in the midst of World War II to provide government-sponsored political information to the public while maintaining corporate success. At the same time, this board of directors will have to find creative ways of supporting our Allies in Europe and elsewhere to rally support and repel the Nazi threat.

TOPIC Abstract

APPROXIMATE COMMITTEE SIZE: 20


LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Delegates will gain...

  • A detailed understanding of the different roles that make up the leadership of an entertainment company;

  • An insight into the unconventional methods that a country uses during wartime, especially when defending against ideological differences;

  • A behind-the-scenes look at how media and cinema can function as forms of propaganda or political messaging.


About the Chair

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Thomas Connelly is a member of the class of 2021 in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics. Despite being born in London, he has since lived in the Hague, The Netherlands (where he first picked up a fascination with international affairs) and in Madrid, Spain (where he first fell in love with Model UN), picking up a somewhat ambiguous accent along the way. Since coming to Georgetown, Thomas has worked as a Crisis Analyst at NCSC XLV, as a Rapporteur at NAIMUN LV, and served as the Director of Programming for NCSC XLVI, NAIMUN's collegiate sister conference. Outside of Model UN, he can be found rewatching Breaking Bad, consuming copious amounts of peanut butter, developing cutting-edge procrastination strategies, and shaking his fist at Chick-fil-A for being closed on Sundays.

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About the Crisis Manager

Mark Wilcox is a member of Georgetown’s Class of 2021. Mark is in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, currently studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in security. He is from the great Midwestern state of Indiana, and loves all things about the region. He was first introduced to Model UN in college, after debating throughout all four years of high school. In his first season of Model UN, he was able to staff NAIMUN’s Interpol committee and travel to compete in collegiate conferences across the United States. Outside of Model UN, Mark takes part in a local tutoring program for high schoolers, as well as welcomes people to the Hilltop through the Georgetown Admissions Ambassadors Program. When not partaking in Model UN and other school-related tasks, He can be found listening to good music (aka any music that is not country music), wearing his beloved yellow or camouflage crocs, and exploring downtown D.C. Mark is absolutely thrilled to spread the magic of Disney throughout the tumultuous world with you all!