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Executive Development

One Day Investment. Lifelong Return.

For 20 years, senior leaders have come together at the University of Dayton to learn from some of the most highly regarded and influential management thinkers worldwide. Each year, the Center presents a variety of one-day executive-level programs that address the topics most relevant to senior-level leaders. Programs are delivered in a workshop format, mixing content, conversation and skill practice, so that leaders can apply what they learn and impact their organization immediately. 

Rather than commit to a weeklong program, you can customize your development and choose which programs best address your needs - whether you are looking to improve personal effectiveness and productivity, create a culture of innovation and creativity, or implement sustainable change efforts. At the UD Center for Leadership, you are in control of your leadership education. 

  • Become a more effective leader and make a greater impact in your business through real-world learning experiences.
  • Gain access to world-class executive education delivered by some of the best minds in business, nationally and globally.
  • Enhance your network of contacts with other area executives in an environment that encourages learning and growth.
  • Maximize flexibility and participate only in those programs that fit your personal and organizational development needs.

Executive Development programs are geared towards senior level leaders, business unit leaders, and leaders of other leaders, looking to make an immediate impact on their organizations. These programs are largely one-day workshops taught by some of the top management thinkers and leadership thought leaders in the world today.

The Executive Development training programs will be 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with lunch from noon to 1 p.m. and morning and afternoon breaks). These programs will only be offered in person.


2023 programs (in person only)

February 22, 2023: Solve the People Puzzle: How Great Leaders Put People First to Retain and Recruit Their Most Valuable Asset by Kathleen Quinn Votaw. Kathleen is the CEO of TalentTrust, a strategic recruiting and human capital consulting firm that has helped organizations address immediate needs and drive long-term growth. She is the author of Solve the People Puzzle and Dare to Care in the Workplace. Kathleen also is a published columnist, podcaster, and popular speaker on topics related to HR strategies and culture. REGISTER

March 21, 2023: Leading and Navigating Major Change by Daryl Conner and Maria Darby. Daryl is the Chairman of Conner Partners and has educated and advised leaders and change practitioners in many of the world's most successful organizations. Daryl's work is built on a strong foundation of research, extensive consulting experience, and a master's degree in psychology. He is also the author of Managing at the Speed of Change and Leading at the Edge of Chaos.
Maria is the CEO of Conner Partners. Maria was an Executive Vice President/Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led the firm's change management capability and client change and transformation engagements across a diverse set of industries in the public and private sectors. REGISTER

April 20, 2023: Feedforward: Leading with Fearless Feedback by Joe Hirsch, PH.D. Joe is a TEDx and global speaker, as well as bestselling author of The Feedback Fix which has been praised by Fortune 500 executives, NFL coaches, and educational reformers for its forward-looking view of performance management. Joe's work and research has been featured in the HBR, CNBC, Forbes, Inc., The Wall Street Journal, and other major outlets. REGISTER

May 17, 2023: The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: making Great Things Happen in Your Organization by Barry Posner, PH.D. Barry is recognized as a Top 50 leadership coach in America, ranked among the Most Influential HR Thinkers in the world by HR magazine, and one of the World's Top 75 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. magazine. Barry is the co-author of numerous award-winning books on leadership, including the best-selling book The Leadership Challenge, with Jim Kouzes. REGISTER

September 21, 2023: Agile Communication: How to Influence and Persuade in a Complex World by Park Howell. Park is known as The World's Most Industrious Storyteller helping leaders of purpose-driven brands grow by as much as 600 percent. As an author of two books, Park also consults, teaches, coaches, and speaks internationally and had guided hundreds of brands and grown thousands of leaders in such organizations as Dell, Hilton, American Express, Walgreens, and the United States Air Force. REGISTER

October 3, 2023: How Women Rise: Helping Women Reach Their Full Potential by Sally Helgesen. Sally is cited in Forbes as the world's premier expert on women's leadership, is an internationally bestselling author, speaker, and coach. She has been named by Thinker's 50 as one of the world's top 20 coaches and ranked number 6 among the world's thought leaders by Global Gurus. Her co-authored book, How Women Rise became the top-seller in its field within a week of publication. REGISTER

October 25, 2023: Developing Multidimensional Careers: beyond, Between, and Besides Promotions by Julie Winkle Giulioni. Julie is one of Inc. magazine's Top 100 speakers, she's the author of Promotions Are So Yesterday: Redefine Career Development. Help Employees Thrive and the co-author of the international bestseller, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organization Need and Employees Want, translated into seven languages. REGISTER

November 14, 2023: Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus On What Matters Most by Cassie Holmes, PH.D. Cassie is a professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. She is also the author of Happier Hour: How to Beat Distractions, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most. Her research on time in cultivating well-being has been published in leading journals, including Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Consumer Research. REGISTER

Executive Development programs are open to:

  • Partner organizations - $897.00 or 3 partner units per day
  • Individual executives – $995 per day ($598 for half-day sessions)
  • University of Dayton alumni – $945 per day 

Register Today!

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. To register for an Executive Development Program, contact the Center for Leadership at 937-229-3115 or click below.


Executive Development 2023 Brochure

Download the 2023 Executive Development Brochure.


"I value the Center for the variety of courses provided. These courses help me look at my challenges with a fresh perspective and a desire to make changes that will result in substantive improvements to my leadership and our business processes."

Executive Program Participant


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