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Upcoming events include dedicating a new building for the Fitz Center and community partners, Sustainability Week; incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; campus ministry events highlighting diversity and veterans, and Center for Leadership professional development sessions.


The University of Dayton Fitz Center for Leadership in Community will move to its new space alongside the Dayton Foundation and Dayton Development Coalition at 1401 S. Main St. and host a building dedication and blessing during a public ceremony at 2 p.m. Oct. 17. Hunter Goodman, executive director of the Fitz Center, said the move will enhance the center’s mission to bring community partners and university faculty, staff and resources to the same table, and to develop student leaders with work that continues between semesters. "Everything about the new building has been designed in a spirit of collaboration," Goodman said. "We now have an opportunity to be the front porch to the University for our community partners. It takes us to the next level and allows us to build on who we are." Read more at For interviews, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at 937-229-3256 or


University of Dayton graduate and The Greenlink Group Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Matt Cox will deliver the keynote address during the University of Dayton's Sustainability Week Oct. 20-25. Cox's free, public talk will be at 7 p.m., Oct. 22, in Sears Recital Hall in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center. He will discuss energy and climate, policy, equity, economics, government, entrepreneurship and starting a non-profit. At Greenlink, Cox works with the firm's energy and resource analysis software tools that inform planning and policy decisions nationwide. He also serves as a consultant, focusing on energy efficiency strategies, renewable energy deployment and integration. He has written more than 60 scientific publications on energy policy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, economic development and job creation, the social and environmental impacts of energy use, and water policy. His research has helped craft and inform energy policy and design worldwide. Prior to Greenlink, Matt was the building energy efficiency program manager for the city of Atlanta, where he oversaw a 20% improvement in building energy and led efforts to adopt ordinances and create programs anticipated to reduce commercial building emissions by 50% within 10 years. For more information on University of Dayton Sustainability Week events, contact Emily Shanahan at or Ummiya Chaudhary at For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or


H. James Dallas, president of James Dallas & Associates who consults with companies and organizations about managing change and executive leadership development in a digital world, will deliver two free, public speeches Oct. 28 — "How Do You Build Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into Strategy?" at 2 p.m. in Kennedy Union 310 and "How to Give Yourself a Boost and Build Wealth in the Process" at 6 p.m. in Science Center 114B. Dallas, who has more than 30 years of managerial experience, retired in September 2013 as senior vice president of quality, operations and IT at Medtronic Inc., a global medical technology company that employs approximately 45,000 people and does business in more than 120 countries. Prior to joining Medtronic in 2006, he was vice president and chief information officer at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, a global forest products company that employed more than 55,000 people. He is the author of Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change: Inspire the People and Succeed Where Others Fail. Dallas' talks are sponsored by the National Black MBA Association-Dayton Chapter, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the School of Business Administration. For more information or interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or


University of Dayton Campus Ministry activities in October and November will recognize Hispanic and Black Catholics and veterans. All events are free and open to the public.

Oct. 22-Nov. 16, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception: Dia de los Muertos side altar. Dia de los Muertos is a day of celebration for people of Latin America, as well as Mexican-Americans. "Our beloved dead are joyfully remembered through pictures and items that remind us of their life. Skulls and skeletons are a popular symbol of the day. All are welcome to place a paper copy of a picture of their beloved dead on the Dia de los Muertos altar, located in the center devotional space in the north wall of the chapel," said Crystal Sullivan, executive director of campus ministry.

5 p.m. Nov. 5, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception: Bilingual evening prayer service (English and Spanish).

12:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception: Mass will honor veterans with a special blessing and remembrance of University of Dayton alumni who died in active service.

3 p.m. Nov. 17, Kennedy Union ballroom: The Rev. Joseph A. Brown, S.J., will give a keynote address "Leadership for the Black Community: Characteristics and Complexities." Brown is a professor of Africana studies at Southern Illinois University.

6 p.m. Nov. 17, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception: Black Catholic Mass in celebration of Black Catholic History Month. All are welcome to honor the contributions of African-Americans to the Catholic Church during the month of November. Deacon Royce Winters, director of the Office of African American Catholic Ministries with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, will deliver the homily at this liturgy. It is free and open to the public.

4:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Sears Recital Hall: Xavier University theology Professor C. Walker Gollar, who researches American Catholic history and African-American religious history, will deliver the Annual Father Joseph M. Davis., S.M., Black Catholic History Month Lecture. Parking is available in Lot C.

For more information, contact University of Dayton Campus Ministry at 937-229-3339. For interviews and access to the chapel, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at or 937-229-3391. No tripods are allowed in the chapel.


The University of Dayton invites the public to a Kristallnacht remembrance at 5 p.m., Nov. 6 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, to remember the "Night of Broken Glass," the event many historians identify as the beginning of the Holocaust. The University's World Music Choir will contribute to this prayerful remembrance. On Nov. 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a wave of targeted riots against Germany's Jewish citizens. In one night, thousands of synagogues, Jewish businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed, leaving the streets littered with shattered glass. At least 91 Jews were killed and many others were injured. For the first time, Jews were arrested on a massive scale and transported to Nazi concentration camps. In a world where ethnic and racial violence still exists, everyone is invited to stand together and say "never again." For more information or interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at or 937-229-3391.


Emerging Leader Program 

Employers can help develop future executive leaders with training on the finer points of leadership and business skills during the 2019 Emerging Leader program at the University of Dayton Center for Leadership. Registration is open for the next 12-month, 17-session program that begins Jan. 23, 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.

Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

The Center for Leadership is accepting applications for the session of this 10-session program that starts Jan. 15. 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 4.62 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   

Oct. 16: "The Art of Influencing Others." Participants will learn the styles of influence, identify the role of connections in influencing others and learn the five steps that help persuade others.

Oct. 22: "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. 

Oct 23: "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.

Oct. 24: "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.

Oct. 30: "The Intentional Leader – Self & Team Development." Participants will gain awareness of their current state of energy and how they react under normal and stressful situations based on their customized Energy Leadership Index Assessment. They also will learn the seven levels of energy in leadership and their impact on effectiveness.

Nov. 5: "Time Management and Personal Productivity." This session will help with establishing and scheduling priorities, navigating common productivity obstacles and engaging others productively.

Nov. 6: "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.

Nov. 7: "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.

Nov. 14: "Leading Yourself to Outstanding Results." Participants will challenge assumed constraints that limit growth and productivity and activate their points of power to accept responsibility.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 20-21: "Advanced Problem Solving for Team Leaders: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt." This session will help participants gain basic knowledge and skills to lead effective problem-solving teams; understand the five-step Lean Six Sigma problem-solving process called DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control); and understand when and how to use problem-solving tools and techniques.

Nov. 21: "Leading Change at the First Level." Leading major change is not the same as leading day-to-day operations. In this program, participants will explore the patterns that differentiate great change leaders, focusing on the complicated role of the front-line leader who must follow and lead simultaneously.

Dec. 3: "Embracing Accountability." Participants will learn a more clear, constructive approach to accountability and how it contributes to individual responsibility, empowerment and better results. They'll also learn how to evaluate the frequency and consistency of their own accountability behaviors, and determine actions to better model and inspire more accountability throughout their teams. 

Dec. 4: "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.

Dec. 10: "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.

Dec. 11-12: "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.

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

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 LessSay 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