Publishing 2021


      Karla Quintanilla

Podcast Host | Author | Self Proclaimed Career-Prep Connoisseur 

I'm Karla, the author of Imagination Mindset. I am working towards publishing my book summer of 2021 with New Degree Press. This book is inspired by the Cast Members that work for Walt Disney World® Parks and Resorts. After completing my Disney College Program in spring 2020, I was eager to share what I experienced behind the stage. ​ This book has turned into so much more than just my perspective. You'll get to hear Cast Members from different roles and locations talk about what it means to make magic through their lens. 

A little bit more about me...I am a first-generation Mexican immigrant. Si, hablo español. I moved to the United States at age 11 in 2010. The last decade living here has been quite an adventure. I grew up in a multicultural environment, moving and traveling a lot which has made me the cultured person that I am today. I am thankful for the circumstances that I grew up in, I owe everything to my parents who work hard every single day to give me and my sister the best lifestyle. I am a curious nomad, dreamer, and big picture thinker who thrives in challenging environments that offer opportunities for growth and expansion. I claim opportunities outside of my comfort zone with the hope that it will lead me on an extraordinary path. I am currently a marketing major at DeSales University, Class of 2021. I am a career ambassador at my school and host of the Desales University Beyond The Tassel podcast. Upon graduation, my goal is to begin my career as a marketer, entertainer, and visionary within the entertainment and hospitality industry. 


The Cast Member experience...

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Because Cast Members are not just themed park workers: They are story-tellers, performers, and hospitable individuals devoted to the magic. The goal of the book is to explore the values that fuel Cast Members in their daily operations, the concept of magic creation, and the pursuit of providing world-class service for people of all ages. Through discussing corporate Disney's values, leadership, and excellence that roots in each of the Cast Members, discover how Disney's moral compass and mindset are an asset that can go beyond the Walt Disney Company.

The Book 

 My Philosophy 

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths"  -Walt E. Disney

 2020 pushed out of my comfort zone and led me to step into my truth.  After a year of loss, anxiety, and global tragedies, I began working from within to better my days. Through these mind-opening experiences, it was hard not to build a moral compass to help me deal with these adversities.


Thus my philosophy became to rise up and dedicate my days to learn new skills, shine my light, serve others, and serve the Lord. 

As I follow Walt's advice to launch forward, I have become rather a short-term goal achiever. To be quite honest, I never thought that I would be writing a book about Disney, but this year lead me to pursue the unimaginable. Imagination Mindset is the result of a path that presented itself due to my curiosity to write about my Disney experience. And, there you have it! Also, let me remind you that you do not have to be a top tier scholar or an English expert to write a book. All you need is a good story, excellent discipline, and a spark of imagination. 

So, as I am writing my first book at age 21, I continue to intentionally pursue every small project that my heart desires.  Because I believe that completing small endeavors that intuitively feel right, will land us in the right place. We can create a happily ever after by stepping into the truest version of ourselves and using our gifts to fulfill our corner of the sky. 

My Disney Roles 

Sales Associate at the Disney Store --Present 

Seater at Cape May Café WDW --Spring 2020 

Seater at Liberty Tree Tavern & Diamond Horseshoe WDW -- Fall 2019 

The Podcast 

DeSales University Beyond The Tassel 

This podcast serves as a platform to reconnect with DeSales University alumni and inform our audience about the infinite opportunities that graduates have experienced beyond college.  

Through the podcast informational interviews, we will be able to share stories, experiences, insights, and resources to help current DSU students begin exploring the endless possibilities in the real world and spark career curiosity.

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