Wednesday February 21, 2018

Briefly Speaking

New academic certificate prepares students for global work environment. Upcoming events focus on art, music and professional development.


The University of Dayton launched a new undergraduate certificate to prepare students to work across cultures and borders in the increasingly global environment of the 21st century. The International and Intercultural Leadership Certificate (IILC) is an interdisciplinary academic track open to all University undergraduates. It combines on-campus courses with language-learning and an education abroad experience, and culminates with an experiential capstone course and presentation. More information is available online. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at or 937-229-3256.


The University of Dayton Marian Library, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, will exhibit Cincinnati artist Henry Setter's illustrations. "An Artist's Meditation on Song of Songs" runs Feb. 2 to March 9 and is open to the public. Setter created the meditation on Solomon’s poetic Song of Songs while recuperating from surgery in 1973. He died in 2009. The gallery, on the seventh floor of Roesch Library, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. More information is available online. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant at or 937-229-3256.


A new exhibit at the University of Dayton’s Radial Gallery will feature self-portraits by artist Haley Morris-Cafiero along with text which calls on the audience to question the relationship of social media, selfie culture and how people critique each other. "Wait Watchers" runs Feb. 22 to March 22. It is free and open to the public. A reception with the artist will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 22. The gallery is located on the second floor of Fitz Hall. Gallery hours and parking information are available online. For additional information contact gallery coordinator Nicholaus Arnold at 937-229-3204 or


The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) will help chart the future of Marian studies by evaluating the current state of this theological discipline and identifying the latest trends and areas of neglect. IMRI will present its findings at its next Marian Forum at the University of Dayton April 6. Being organized around the theme of "Mary — Yesterday and Today," the two-hour forum will be the sixth in a continuing series of free academic gatherings that IMRI has been sponsoring online to promote the study of the Blessed Virgin Mary. More information is available here. For interviews, contact assistant director of news and communications Meagan Pant at or 937-229-3256. 


Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

The Center for Leadership is accepting applications for the next session of this 10-session program that starts April 17. 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. 27: "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.

March 1: "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.

March 6: "Fostering Inclusion: Building Cross Cultural Capabilities." Participants will learn how to analyze management situations and make recommendations using models for understanding personality and cultural differences; apply the latest business knowledge and trends to scenarios for the best outcomes; and describe their values and perspectives and how they can best adapt and apply them in the cross-cultural business arena. 

March 8: "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 9: "Negotiating for Positive Results." This session will help participants understand the differences between distributive and integrative negotiations; how our cognitive biases shape the way we negotiate; and the complexities of negotiating in a team or multi-party setting.

March 13-14: "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 20: "Time Management and Personal Productivity." This session will help with establishing and scheduling priorities, navigating common productivity obstacles and engaging others productively.

March 22: "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 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.

April 19: "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.

April 24: "Emotional Intelligence: Becoming More Effective in Reaching Others." Participants will learn how to recognize and identify emotions that drive behaviors, and how to manage those emotions to be effective in personal and professional interactions. Participants also will learn about negotiation, power, influence, teamwork, development and service orientation.

April 26: "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.

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 7: "Cross-Cultural Communications: Strategies for Success in Today's Multicultural Workforce" with Craig Storti, a nationally known figure in the field of intercultural communications and cross-cultural adaptation and the author of several books including, The Art of Doing Business Across Cultures.

April 12: "The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy" (a.m.) and "Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone" (p.m.) with Jon Gordon, the best-selling author of The Energy Bus, Training Camp and The Power of Positive Leadership who is listed among Inc's "Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018." Gordon's principles also have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, hospitals, and non-profits.

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.

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