Monday June 18, 2018

Briefly Speaking

Sharpen your writing, leadership and entrepreneurship skills at the Antioch Writers Summer Workshop and Center for Leadership events. Young people can win a trip to China to compete in a maker competition and everyone can dispose of old medications at a new drop box in Fitz Hall.


The University of Dayton for the first time is participating in the China-U.S. Young Maker Competition, which challenges participants to come up with innovative ideas that will make the world more sustainable, efficient and interconnected. The University will select two teams to receive free travel to Suzhou, China, for the regional round of the competition hosted at the University of Dayton China Institute July 1-3. The winner of the regional round will advance to the final round held in Beijing, Aug. 13-17, for the chance to win the $15,000 grand prize, $8,000 second place award or $4,500 third prize. "This is a maker competition, so they'll actually have to create a prototype at the China Institute if they win the chance to compete there," said Vince Lewis, director of the L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. "Ideas must focus on community development, education, environmental protection, health and fitness, energy, transportation or other areas of sustainable development." The China-U.S. Young Maker Competition is supported by Google and the Chinese government. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 40. Ideas can be submitted between now and June 4 to Connie Neace at the University of Dayton at


Faculty, staff, students and the general public will have a place on campus to safely dispose of old prescription and over-the-counter medications, making the University one of six sites in Dayton to offer a medication drop box for public use. The medication drop box will be located in the main lobby of Fitz Hall next to the public safety dispatch window. It will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The drop box will operate similarly to a library book drop off or a post office box with a door that can be pulled open to drop items inside. With assistance from environmental safety, public safety will ensure proper storage and destruction of the collected medications in accordance with DEA regulations. To safely dispose of medications, users are asked to place all items in a zip-top bag before placing them in the box. All identifying information should be removed from prescription bottles. Proper disposal of expired and no-longer-needed medications is strongly encouraged to reduce the chances of misuse and to protect the environment by preventing the entry of drugs and medications into municipal water systems.  


In an exhibit opening June 25 in the Marian Library, religious architecture photographers Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey of Sugar Grove, Ohio, explore the mysterious origin and intriguing significance of Black Madonnas in French shrines. The exhibit, “Black Madonnas — Intriguing and Ancient,” features 24 photographs of Sedes Sapientiae (“Throne of Wisdom”) sculptures, many of which are considered Black Madonnas. Known as vierges noires in French, Black Madonnas usually depict a mother figure, interpreted as the Virgin Mary, seated with a child figure, interpreted as the Christ child, on her lap. Though most prevalent in France, they also appear in Spain, Poland, Switzerland and other countries. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, see


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 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 

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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