No one just strolls into Jill Casagrande's office. Of course, no outsider simply saunters into any office at the Disney high-rise in Burbank, Calif., much less the office of Radio Disney's general manager. Security is tight, and the building is not easily identified, considering it's devoid of giant mouse ears or any obvious sign announcing the tenant.
Despite the sleek seriousness of the building's exterior and the professional demeanor of the security guard in the lobby, the atmosphere quickly changes once a guest steps off the elevator. Cartoons decorate the walls, TV monitors broadcast Disney shows in the hallways, and offices are smartly decorated with toys.
Casagrande's office is almost comical in its polarity. Facing her desk is a wall of windows offering a breathtaking view of the bustling city below, creating an atmosphere fitting of her position. Yet an opposite wall contains a bookcase crowded with toys -- not corporate props for appearance's sake, but playthings hand-picked by the University of Cincinnati grad, including "Kim Possible" action figures, a Pete Rose bobblehead and her favorite battery-operated Chihuahua, an item she picked up during the nine months she spent in Tokyo launching Disney Channel Japan in 2003-04.
On her desk sits a "That's So Raven" Magic 8 Ball. She swears she never uses the fortune-telling contraption to make corporate decisions, but it is a reminder that she means business. After all, entertaining children is her business.
As senior vice president and general manager of the Radio Disney Network, the 1983 graduate of the UC College-Conservatory of Music's electronic media division handles the day-to-day operations of Disney's 24-hour radio network devoted to kids and families. Formerly senior vice president of the Disney Channel cable TV network, where she had worked for 10 years, she received the promotion the summer of '06 to broaden operations.