Senior Manager, Technology
The Walt Disney Company
D’Yanna Craighead is a senior technology manager with over 20 years of technology experience at various large corporations. With a background in software engineering, business analysis, and technical project management, she has spent the past 10 years delivering large, highly visible projects at Disney Parks. She played key roles on the teams that launched MyMagic+ technology at Walt Disney World, MaxPass technologies in Disneyland, Digital FastPass in Tokyo Disney Resort as well as Virtual Queue for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Most recently D’Yanna has joined Disney Cruise Line where she is Program Managing the delivery of technology required on the new ship builds, including the Disney Wish.
D’Yanna’s biggest passion is inspiring others. As a Black woman in technology, she is an advocate for women and underrepresented communities in tech. She was instrumental in championing and successfully founding the first cross segment/enterprise-wide Black Technologist at Disney Resource Group, which she now leads. She is also a Walt Disney Legacy Award recipient for inspiring others. She regularly mentors others in technology, does STEM outreach in the community and participates in Disney Dreamers Academy each year where she does a Technology Careers Deep Dive that exposes high school students to what a technology career looks like at Disney.
When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her daughter.