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The University of Dayton announces a new partnership with the National Hispanic Institute. Upcoming events include a symposium discussing the Green New Deal, library exhibits, and Center for Leadership programs for women, emerging leaders and supervisors.

BUILDING, FUNDING GREEN NEW DEAL TOPIC OF UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON SYMPOSIUM

"Building a Green New Deal in the Rust Belt: Legal, Policy and Democratic Challenges" is the subject of the 2020 Gilvary Symposium, presented by the University of Dayton School of Law, Hanley Sustainability Institute and University of Dayton Human Rights Center. Keynote speaker Robert C. Hockett, a Cornell University law professor, will discuss "Financing the Green New Deal and Institutional Reform." Panels will discuss whether America can legally implement, afford and power a Green New Deal; environmental racism; and combating suburban inertia, agribusiness dominance and the erosion of tribal sovereignty. Speakers include Dwayne Thomas, president of the United Mineworkers of America Local Southwestern Pennsylvania; Heaven Sensky from the Center for Coalfield Justice; Aaron Bartley, co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing Buffalo; Donele Wilkins, CEO of Detroit's Green Door Initiative; Brenda Jo McManama of the Indigenous Environmental Network; and Stephen Bartlett director of Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville. Click here for a complete schedule and list of speakers with bios. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Jan. 24. Eight hours of continuing legal education credit in Ohio is approved. The symposium is made possible by the Honorable James J. Gilvary Fund for Law, Religion and Social Justice. For more information, contact Lee Ann Ross at lawevents@udayton.edu or 937-229-3793. For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.

MARIAN LIBRARY EXHIBIT FEATURES MEDIEVAL BESTSELLERS

The Marian Library will display Medieval bestsellers with an exhibit of Books of Hours, devotional books centered on a series of prayers to the Virgin Mary. The books were popular in Europe for more than 300 years, from 1250 to 1550, and provide a window into the religious and social lives and customs of their medieval readers. The exhibit, which draws from the library’s collection and features an illuminated manuscript on loan from Stuart and Mimi Rose, runs weekdays Jan. 27 to July 17 (closed April 10, May 25 and July 3). More information is available here. 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER’S INTERACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON DISPLAY AT METRO LIBRARY

Atlas of Dayton: A City in Progress, an exhibit of digital interactive maps that explore issues of income inequality, racial segregation and access to resources in Dayton, will go on display Feb. 3 at Dayton Metro Library’s main downtown location. The exhibit by graphic designer and University of Dayton assistant professor Misty Thomas-Trout in partnership with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission invites attendees to collaborate and share information as part of the ongoing research project. The work engages and informs the public on ways people can be more involved in the community; promote local endeavors; reveal places in need of food access and other critical resources; and more. The exhibit is free and open to the public through Feb. 29 in the first-floor Opportunity Space. It will also travel to the Metro Library’s other branch locations throughout the spring and summer. More information on Thomas-Trout is available here. 

UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL HISPANIC INSTITUTE

The National Hispanic Institute — which for 40 years has developed high-performing Latino high school students into leaders through an immersive learning experience — will partner with the University of Dayton to host its capstone leadership education program in 2020. The inaugural National Collegiate World Series (CWS) program is slated to begin at the University July 22-26, 2020. The CWS will provide up to 120 top high school students a five-day experience in which they learn about the college application process through an interactive, team-based competition, and where they’re also introduced to inquiry-based learning as a tool for self-development and community change. It also gives some students the opportunity to live on a college campus for the first time. Read more online from the NHI

CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Women Lead 

Faculty from some of the top business schools in the nation, business coaches for Fortune 100 companies, national award-winning leadership consultants and best-selling business authors will be among the facilitators of a new University of Dayton Center for Leadership certificate program launching in March geared toward maximizing the leadership potential of women. "Feedback from our partners indicated a need for a program focused on addressing challenges and opportunities facing women in leadership in a more intensive program that teaches tactics and hands-on skills proven by research along with networking opportunities," said April Mescher, Center for Leadership director of strategic partnerships and marketing. Mescher said women who will benefit most from "Women Lead" are "accomplished leaders ready to further cultivate their strengths and refine their own personal brand of leadership in an environment surrounded by other diverse, high-achieving, uplifting female influences." Sessions during the program that runs from March 12 to Sept. 1 will help participants navigate their leadership identity, leverage mentorship, refine communication and negotiation skills, and create a career map with a work-life balance. Participants also will use Linkage's Advancing Women Leaders 360° Assessment to gain insight into leadership strengths. Click here for more information, including pricing, and to register for Women Lead or call 937-229-3115. 

Emerging Leader Program  

Employers can help develop future executive leaders with training on the finer points of leadership and business skills during the 2020 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 March 18. 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    

Jan. 23: "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. 

Jan. 29: "Leveraging the Cross-Generational Workforce." This year, there will be four generations in the workforce. There's a culture clash brewing in the workforce as each generation carries their own values, attitudes and work styles to the office. Left unchecked, it can be disruptive and even toxic to the work environment. This program is for leaders who want to understand employees of all generations so they can find ways to effectively communicate and motivate everyone from old-school to new-school.

Feb. 4: "The Energy Bus: Driver of Positive Change." This interactive program is built around Jon Gordon’s best-selling book, The Energy Bus. It will help you learn about your impact as the driver of the bus, create a positive vision and eliminate negativity. 

Feb. 5: "The Power of Positive Leadership." This program will help leaders in building a strong and positive organizational culture, create clarity through a strong vision and focused actions, and pursue excellence and hold people accountable in a positive way, while confronting, transforming and removing negativity from their team.

Feb. 6: "Effective Decision Making." This program utilizes group exercise, movie clips, real-world examples and case studies to help participants analyze and improve decision-making skills.

Feb. 6: "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.

Feb. 11: "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.

Feb. 13: "Essential Problem Solving for Team Members: 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.

Feb. 18: "Time Management and Personal Productivity." This session will help with establishing and scheduling priorities, navigating common productivity obstacles and engaging others productively.

Feb. 19: "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.

Feb. 26: "Elevate Your Personal Leadership Brand for Women Leaders." Today, more women are seeing themselves as catalysts and leaders in helping their community navigate a new way of operating, including from how to conduct business to managing relationships and family. This program will enlighten, strengthen and motivate women in leadership positions and women who are aspiring to positions of leadership. It will enable women to trust their abilities to be powerful forces for positive expansion and growth in their organizations.

March 5: "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 10: "Emotional Intelligence: Becoming More Effective in Reaching Others." This session provides an in-depth look at the domains and competencies of the emotional intelligence model, which improves your ability to affect change in yourself and others. You will learn how to recognize and identify emotions that drive behaviors. Key takeaways are how to positively influence a challenging situation or personality. Additionally, you will learn about negotiation, power, influence, teamwork and development.

March 11: "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 17-18: "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 19: "Work-life Balance Transformation: Cultivating and Facilitating Change." This program will help leaders learn how and why they need to put their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs first. It also will train leaders on how to build, implement and execute a work-life balance plan so they can be extremely successful at work and home. 

March 26: "Productive Conflict Management." Participants will practice different approaches for managing conflict between individuals and teams, review the five conflict styles, and assess their specific conflict style by utilizing the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.

April 1: "Professional Communication and Presence." This session will help participants create awareness of how image influences perception and its relationship to professional development and understand non-verbal communication and the message it sends. 

April 7: "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 14: "Boost Results through Effective Delegation." This program utilizes a personal delegation assessment, analyzes delegation challenges, and draws from group exercises to increase accountability for yourself and your teams. This program also will help leaders implement a delegation approach proven to increase productivity and  follow up on employee progress without micromanaging.

April 15: "Essential Problem Solving for Team Members: 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.

April 21: "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.

April 22: "Strengths-Based Leadership." This session will help participants define the benefits of focusing on their strengths, explore how strengths impact decisions and utilize strengths to fulfill the basic needs of employees.

April 23: "Building Success and Connection through Workplace Storytelling." A compelling story is the fastest route to human connection and influence. Stories make presentations better, make ideas stick and help people persuade. This interactive program will teach participants how to distinguish themselves and their companies through the stories they tell and develop a personal story people want to hear to better connect with customers, employees and colleagues. 

April 28: "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 5: "Advanced Project Management." This is a follow-up to Project Management Essentials I & II. Participants will take a closer look at the concept of critical path and how to use it when executing a project. The class also includes a two-hour exercise during which participants work in teams to make decisions and develop a project schedule for a client. 

May 12: "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.

May 13: "Effective Decision Making." This program utilizes group exercise, movie clips, real-world examples and case studies to help participants analyze and improve decision-making skills.

May 19: "Powerful Presentation Skills." Participants will learn to use powerful business presentation skills to influence behavior and reach desired outcomes, including tips to reduce nervousness, best practices for visual aids and how to have a strong connection with your audience.

May 28: "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 28: “Maximize Your Potential at Work: Individual Lean Six Sigma.” Designed for employees at all levels of an organization, participants will learn the three-step process for continuous improvement. 

June 2: "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.

June 3: "Project Leadership." This program focuses on the five skills necessary to effectively lead the people associated with a project - identify, communicate with and influence stakeholders; develop a productive project team and make effective project decisions.

June 11: "Employee Engagement: Communicate & Coach High Performance Teams." This program defines what employee engagement is and why it matters. Participants will define and apply strategies in communication to engage employees through clarity in messaging, building trust and fostering interaction. Participants also will learn and apply effective performance management practices that motivate employees in their own development by setting strong goal statements and using effective feedback and coaching.

June 16: "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. 

June 17-18: "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. 

June 23-24: "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.

June 24: "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.

June 25: "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.

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

Feb. 12: Lead, Follow or Get out of the Way: Accountability for Superior Results by Linda Galindo, an expert in the field of personal and organizational accountability and high-performance executive team building. She is a co-author of 85% SolutionWhere Winners Live and the author of Way to Grow. 

March 24 (morning): Crucial Conversations for Leaders: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Joseph Grenny, co-author of four New York Times bestsellers and creator of four award-winning training programs of the same titles - Crucial ConversationsCrucial AccountabilityInfluencer, and Change Anything.

March 24 (afternoon): Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change by Joseph Grenny.  

April 16: Innovation is Everybody's Business: How to Ignite, Scale and Sustain for a Competitive Advantage by Tamara Ghandour, creator of the Innovation Quotient Edge Assessment, the only tool to measure people's natural innovation strengths. 

May 14: Intentional Purpose: Building Your Brand As A Leader by Dorie Clark, a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. She is recognized as a branding expert for Forbes and Inc. magazines and is the author of Reinventing YouStand Out, and Entrepreneurial You. 

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 Daniel J. Curran Place.

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


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