Wednesday May 16, 2018

Briefly Speaking

Sharpen your music, legal, writing and leadership skills at the New Horizons Music Program, University of Dayton Program in Law and Technology Seminar, Antioch Writers Summer Workshop and Center for Leadership events.


A music program at the University of Dayton gives people 50 and older the chance to learn an instrument or pick up one they played in the past. About 95 people from across North America are expected on campus May 20-23 when the University’s New Horizons Music Program teams with the New Horizons International Music Association. More information about the program is available online. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at or 937-229-3256.


The University of Dayton Department of Communication is offering graduate certificate programs in health communication and strategic public relations to provide more flexible and affordable options for students and professionals to gain additional career training. The certificate in health communication offers coursework to help practitioners improve communication skills in health care delivery and increase awareness of communication processes among professionals in health care organizations. The certificate in strategic public relations is designed to explore theories and approaches to managing mutually beneficial relationships within an organization. More information is available online.


Digital currency, trademark enforcement at U.S. borders, IP holding companies, patents, securing financial transactions and health data, and fostering trust with clients are among the discussion topics at the University of Dayton School of Law's 28th annual Program in Law and Technology Seminar Friday, June 8, at Keller Hall. The seminar costs $295 ($250 early bird registration before May 20) and includes a Continental breakfast, box lunch and online access to course materials. The cost for full-time judges, government employees and professors is $200; and full-time students are only $15. CLE credit approval for 6.2 hours is pending (5.2 general and 1.0 attorney professional conduct instruction). To register and for complete information on the seminar, visit For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391 or


Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz will deliver the keynote address of the Antioch Writers' Workshop at the University of Dayton July 14-20. Schultz's keynote, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, is free and open to the public thanks to a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Workshop faculty include award-winning novelist, memoirist and essayist Sophronia Scott, novelist David B. Coe, USA TODAY and New York Times best-selling author Megan Hart, poets Lynn Powell and Doug Ramspeck, non-fiction author Joe Oestreich, and novelist and essayist Rebecca Morean. Agent Elizabeth Kracht and editor M. Scott Douglass will answer questions about the business of publishing. Visit the Antioch Writers Workshop website for registration options (full week, morning only, weekend only). The workshop, originally started by Antioch College in 1987, has operated as an independent nonprofit since 1992. In addition to its in-kind partnership with University of Dayton and grant support from the Ohio Arts Council, Antioch Writers’ Workshop at University of Dayton receives support and sponsorship from WYSO 91.3 FM and Books & Co. at The Greene, among others. For more information about this event, please contact Sharon Short at 937-567-2399 or 


Emerging Leader Program 

Employers can help develop future executive leaders with training on the finer points of leadership and business skills during the 2018 Emerging Leader program at the University of Dayton Center for Leadership. Registration is now open for the next 12-month, 20-session program that begins Aug. 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 next session of this 10-session program that starts July 24. 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 

June 5-6: "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 7: "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 12: "Leadership Essentials: Understanding Leadership and Team Development." Participants will identify strengths, opportunities and impacts of different leadership styles; develop a plan to work with different leadership styles, and understand the four stages of team development. 

June 21: "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 27-28: "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. 

July 10: "Time Management and Personal Productivity." This session will help with establishing and scheduling priorities, navigating common productivity obstacles and engaging others productively. 

July 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. 

July 25: "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.

Aug 9: "Business Writing." Participants will learn how to select communication channels strategically (vs. defaulting to e-mail), impact readers; actions and attitudes and structure messages to optimize reader engagement.

Aug. 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. 

Aug. 17: "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.

Aug. 28: "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. 

Aug. 28: "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. 30: "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. 

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 

June 6: "Peak Performance: Maximize Self-Awareness and Become a Future-Ready Leader" by Tasha Eurich, organizational psychologist, executive coach, speaker and New York Times best-selling author of Bankable Leadership and Insight. 

Sept. 19: "Leading People Through Change™: Achieve Desired Change and Enhance Performance" by Patricia Zigarmi, senior consulting partner for The Ken Blanchard Companies, management consultant and best-selling author.

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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