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The University of Dayton Center for Leadership is upgrading to a larger space to accommodate the expansion of program offerings and an increase in number of regional business leaders served.

Center for Leadership Executive Director Lisa Beutel said the center has grown 250 percent in the last three years, from about 60 programs annually to more than 150.

The center, which is moving from the first floor to the second floor of the 1700 South Patterson Building, will be able to serve up to 120 people a day when the new space is ready this fall. Programs are geared toward executives, supervisors and emerging leaders.

"The University of Dayton has long been involved in supporting the regional business community in many ways, and we see our role as supporting those efforts with programming that develops leaders who will maintain, grow and create new business opportunities," Beutel said. "Our collective success depends on our ability to evolve, so we work to build lasting partnerships with area leaders and organizations to create thought provoking, interactive development programs that give leaders tools they can apply immediately." 

Registration is now open for the next 12-month, 20-session Emerging Leader Program that begins Aug. 18, and is geared toward helping employees chart a path to executive leadership. Presenters include faculty from the University of Dayton's School of Business Administration along with consultants to Fortune 500 companies. The Emerging Leader Program is open to the public and costs $13,000; $12,000 for partner organizations. Participants receive a certificate in leadership and admission to two of the Center's future executive development programs.

The Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program, which began this week, is a 10-session leadership development program for leaders in public, private and not-for-profit organizations, which will assist front-line leaders in developing skills to help them maximize individual and team performance. Upon completion of the program, they also receive two additional Professional Development programs. The cost is $4,300 and $4,000 for partner organizations.

The center also has one-day professional and executive development programs.

Upcoming Professional Development Programs include: 

Aug. 3 (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.): "The Power of Positive Workplace Politics." In order to become politically effective, one must understand politics is a reality in every organization. This session will help you determine the level of your tendencies in organizational politics, learn 10 keys for being politically effective and develop a plan to manage your political equity account.

Aug. 4: "Enabling Others and Fostering Accountability." This program will help managers and supervisors look for ways to equip others to perform at higher levels, build more collaborative work environments and increase the opportunity for better results.

Aug. 9 and 16 (8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.): "Professional Presentation Skills." Organizations are increasingly interested in hiring and promoting employees with strong presentation skills. Employees at all levels need to be able to communicate ideas effectively to customers, vendors, coworkers and managers. In this program, participants will review the fundamentals of presentation skills and develop and deliver five-minute presentations.

Aug. 10: "Coaching and Evaluating for Performance." This program is designed to enhance a leader's management skills and prepare him or her for the demands of today's workforce. A manager's ability to provide regular coaching is critical to ensuring individuals and teams reach their peak performance.

Aug. 11: "Effective Decision Making." This seminar utilizes group exercises, movie clips, real-world examples and case studies to help participants analyze and improve decision-making skills.

Aug. 16: "Going from Peer to Supervisor." This program will guide new supervisors through the transition from individual contributor to leader. Through small group exercises, group discussion and role playing, participants also will learn strategies, behaviors and critical interactions that lead to becoming an effective supervisor.

Aug. 31: "Communications Skills for Leaders." This program will help you learn how to organize content strategically and tailor your meetings and presentations for optimal audience engagement.

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni, and $299 for center partners. For a complete schedule, list of speakers and session topics or to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the related link.

All sessions for every program run all day, unless otherwise noted, and will be on the University of Dayton River Campus at the 1700 South Patterson Building.

Upcoming Executive Development Programs include: 

Sept. 24: "Decision Day: Get Focused, Get Moving, Get Results" with Nick Tasler, internationally acclaimed decision expert and best-selling author of The Impulse Factor.

Oct. 6: "Inspiring and Challenging Your Way to Greater Performance" with Jim Kouzes, co-author of the award-winning and best selling book, The Leadership Challenge.

Oct. 19: "The Plain Truth About Employee Engagement and Your Bottom Line" with Richard Hadden, certified speaking professional, author and leadership consultant.

Nov. 10: "Leading Innovation: Jumpstart Your Organization's Innovation Challenges" by Jeff DeGraff, dean of innovation, clinical professor of management and organization at the University of Michigan.

The cost for executive development programs is $995 for the general public, $945 for University of Dayton alumni and $897 for center partners. For a complete schedule, list of speakers and session topics, or to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the related link.


News and Communications Staff