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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.


2024 programs (in-person only)

September 19, 2024: The Art of Recognition & Engagement: How Great Leaders Take Care of Their People by Christopher Littlefield. Christopher is an international and TEDx speaker, an expert in employee appreciation, recognition, workplace culture, and the founder of Beyond Thank You. His work has been featured in New York, Inc., Mindful, and British Psychologies Magazine, and profiled in the Harvard Business Review. Christopher is a regular contributor to Forbes and the Harvard Business Review and the author of the bestselling book, 75+ Team Building Activities for Remote TeamsREGISTER

October 3, 2024: The Power of Healthy Tension: The Secret to Resilience & Results in a Polarized World by Tim Arnold. Tim is the author of the bestselling book, The Power of Healthy Tension: Overcoming Chronic Issues and Conflicting Values. He has spent over two decades helping leaders manage complexity, increase resistance, and deliver results with clients that include The United Nations, Royal Bank of Canada, Allstate Insurance, Compassion International, Toyota, and Siemens. REGISTER

October 23, 2024: Communicating with Impact: Six Keys Leaders Use to Effectively Communicate & Achieve Greater Results by Patrick Donadio, MBA. Patrick is a nationally recognized communication strategist, executive coach, and author of Communicating with Impact. Patrick's expertise has been featured with NBC Nightly News, Psychology Today, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Money, and also in numerous industry-specific journals. REGISTER

November 13, 2024: Change Enthusiasm: Exploring Critical Skills for Inspired Leadership Through Change by Cassandra Worthy. Cassandra is the world's truly DISRUPTIVE thought leader on CHANGE that organizations need to build resilience and adaptability. Her clients span the Fortune 500 including Google, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, Clorox, Gartner, and T-Mobile. Cassandra is the author of Change Enthusiasm: How to Harness the Power of Emotion for Leadership and SuccessREGISTER

Executive Development programs are open to:

  • Partner organizations - $942.00 or 3 partner units per day
  • Individual executives – $1,045 per day
  • University of Dayton alumni – $995 per day 

"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


Center for Leadership

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7025