Briefly Speaking

Upcoming events include a law school symposium on the rule of law in international governance and Center for Leadership professional development sessions.


The University of Dayton School of Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association and the University of Dayton Human Rights Center will explore the future of the rule of law and international governance during the 2019 Gilvary Symposium Saturday, March 16, in the University of Dayton School of Law's Keller Hall. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register. Six hours of continuing legal education credit in Ohio is pending. The symposium is made possible by the Honorable James J. Gilvary Fund for Law, Religion and Social Justice. Justice Carlos Bernal of the Constitutional Court of Colombia will deliver the keynote address about the peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC that ended one of the world’s longest conflicts. Panels will discuss human rights and humanitarian law, international refugee and asylum law; environmental law and climate change; international economic law and trade norms; and global governance. Panelists include:

  • Andreas Bummel, a founder of Democracy Without Borders and the international Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly
  • Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne, an environmental law and climate change law and policy expert at The Ohio State University Moritz School of Law
  • Juscelino F. Colares, associate director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Diane Desierto, associate professor of human rights law and global affairs at the University of Notre Dame, where she holds fellow appointments in the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
  • Stephanie Farrior, a member of Human Rights Watch's Advisory Committee on Environment and Human Rights
  • Julia Ya Qin, professor of law at Wayne State University Law School who teaches international business transactions, international finance, international trade law and Chinese business law
  • Saatvika Rai, assistant professor of political science at the University of Toledo
  • Matiangai Sirleaf, assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Susanne Zwingel, associate professor in the department of politics and international relations at Florida International University
  • Shelley Inglis, executive director of the University of Dayton Human Rights Center
  • Natalie Hudson, director of the University of Dayton human rights studies program
  • Dalindyebo Shabalala, assistant professor at the University of Dayton School of Law whose research focuses on the interaction of intellectual property law, especially patent law, with the rights of indigenous peoples and climate change law.

For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or


Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

The Center for Leadership is accepting applications for sessions of this 10-session program that starts April 9. The Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program is a development program spanning six months for leaders in public, private and not-for-profit organizations. This program will assist front-line leaders or anyone preparing for a leadership role in developing skills to help them maximize individual and team performance. Upon completion of the program, they also receive two additional days of Supervisor and Professional Development programs. The cost is $4,300; $4,000 for partner organizations. Supervisory Leadership Certificate facilitators average a 4.5 on a five-point scale in participant reviews. Participants in the most recently completed cohort report a 43.5 percent increase in their competency level. One participant said: "I have found most valuable the ability to listen to and to be exposed to individuals from all over the region, as well as to be able to share in their insights and gain an appreciation for the similarities and differences among us."

Professional Development Programs   

Feb. 26: "Leading the New Workforce: Filling the Cross-Generational Gap." This session will help participants learn four distinct styles of decision making and when to apply them, how to apply a proven six-step decision-making model and understand decision-making tools. 

March 7: "Leadership is Everyone's Business." Participants will discover how they have shown leadership to meet business and personal challenges, allowing them to gain the confidence and skill to increase their use of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders. 

March 12-13: "Project Management Essentials I & II." This program focuses on the practical skills, tools and techniques used to effectively manage all phases of a project — initiation, planning, execution and closing. Participants will work on a practical case study project in small groups to clarify the project's goal and objectives, identify deliverables, create a work breakdown structure and build a schedule. 

March 13: "Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team." Participants will learn the five behaviors of a cohesive team, gain tools and strategies to use in the five areas and identify individual action steps they will take to lead a more productive team.  

March 20: "Communications Skills for Leaders." Participants will gain tips to establish goodwill and motivate audience action, organize content strategically for optimal audience engagement, and increase presentation confidence through audience analysis and preparation. 

March 27: "Embracing Accountability." Participants will learn how accountability contributes to individual responsibility, empowerment and better results and behaviors and actions that and inspire accountability in their teams.  

April 2: "Assertiveness: Communicating with Impact." This program will help leaders identify their preference for one of the four personal influence styles and learn how individual styles may hamper interpersonal communication. 

April 3: "The Energy Bus: Driver of Positive Change." This program will help participants learn how their energy influences others and how to positively manage it and improve their communication and engagement to help their team toward a common vision. 

April 4: "The Power of Positive Leadership." This program will assist leaders in building a strong and positive organizational culture, create clarity through a strong vision and focused, and pursue excellence and hold people accountable in a positive way, while confronting, transforming and removing negativity from their team.  

April 11: "Navigating Difficult Conversations." This interactive workshop helps participants build strong communication and conflict resolution skills plus understand the casualties of unresolved conflict — productivity loss and employee turnover, among others. 

April 30: "Coaching and Evaluating Performance." This session is designed to enhance management skills and prepare participants for the changing demands of today's workforce. Participants will learn concepts and skills to develop the skills of staff members or correct performance issues. 

May 1: "Professional Communication & Presence." This session will help professionals create awareness of how image influences perception and its relationship to professional advancement, understand nonverbal communication and business technology and the message it conveys to others, and apply dining etiquette standards and tips to positively impact work and social engagements. 

May 7: "Advanced Project Management." This one-day class is a follow-up for participants in Project Management Essentials I & II. This class includes a two-hour exercise in which participants work in teams to make decisions and develop a project schedule for a very demanding client. 

May 8: "Essential Problem Solving for Team Leaders: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt." Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to lead Lean Six Sigma problem solving teams through the five-step Lean Six Sigma Problem Solving process. 

May 14: "IMPROVing Interpersonal Communication." Leaders with a mastery of the various facets of communication are becoming increasingly rare. Acquiring these skills can be overwhelming and can leave some thinking they may just not have what it takes. This course will use the proven methods of improvisation training to identify weaknesses and create new strengths. 

May 16: "Effective Decision Making." This seminar utilizes group exercise, movie clips, real-world examples and case studies to help participants analyze and improve decision-making skills. 

May 22: "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. 

May 22: "Project Leadership." This session will help leaders identify, communicate with and influence stakeholders, develop a productive project team, and make effective project decisions.  

May 23: "Time Management and Personal Productivity." This session will help with establishing and scheduling priorities, navigating common productivity obstacles and engaging others productively. 

May 29: "Employee Engagement: Communicate & Coach High Performance Teams." Participants will learn how to identify communication techniques that will help them more effectively engage their team and coaching and feedback models for performance conversations. 

The cost for a professional development program is $395 for the general public, $345 for University of Dayton alumni and $299 for center partners. 

Executive Development Programs

March 14: "Go with Your Gut: Infotuitive Decision-Making in an Over-Thinking World" by Shelley Row, Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership speaker, author of Think Less, Live More: Lessons from a Recovering Over Thinker and Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). 

April 16: "The Coach Approach to Leading Teams" by Joe Hirsch, TEDx speaker, management consultant and best-selling author of The Feedback Fix: Dump the Past, Embrace the Future and Lead the Way to Change. 

May 15: "The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Making Great Things Happen in Your Organization" by Jim Kouzes, HR magazine's Top 20 Most Influential International Thinkers, one of the 12 best executive educators in the U.S., and best-selling author of The Leadership Challenge. 

Sept. 25: "The Heart of Leadership: How Leaders Engage with Emotional Intelligence" by Melvin Smith, faculty director of executive education and professor of organizational behavior at the Case Weatherhead School of Management. 

Oct. 8:  "What Got You Here Won't Get You There: Leadership Strategies for Developing Yourself" (morning) and “Stakeholder Centered Leadership: Leadership for the Future” (afternoon) by Marshall Goldsmith, two-time Thinkers 50 No. 1 Leadership Thinker in the World, Inc. magazine's America's No. 1 Executive Coach, and The New York Times bestselling author of more than 35 books. 

Oct. 29: "Communication That Works: Three Habits to Influence Others & Make Things Happen" by Connie Dieken, Global Gurus Top 10 Executive Coach, best-selling author of Talk Less, Say More and Become the Real Deal, and Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame inductee. 

Nov. 13: "Corporate Athlete® Resilience: Stress Smarter, Recover Better, & Be Your Best" by Natalie Johnson, Nationally recognized expert in employee well-being, fitness and nutrition, Fortune 100 consultant, and health coach and sports nutritionist.

The cost for executive development programs is $995 for the general public, $945 for University of Dayton alumni and $897 for center partners.

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.

For more information about Center for Leadership programs and to register, call 937-229-3115 or visit the Center for Leadership website


News and Communications Staff