Briefly Speaking

Upcoming events provide opportunities to develop business leadership skills, discuss civil dialogue, recognize Hispanic and Black Catholics and veterans and remember Kristallnacht, plus tips for applying to law school.


Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, distinguished research associate at the University of Dayton, and UD communication department chair Joe Valenzano will host a panel discussion on “Civil Dialogue in Uncivil Times” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Sears Recital Hall. Ohio State Sen. Peggy Lehner; Ohio State Rep. Fred Strahorn; Penn State University presidential rhetoric expert Mary Stuckey; Texas Christian University interpersonal communication expert Andrew Ledbetter; and Valerie Lemmie, director of exploratory research at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, will serve as panelists. They will tackle issues related to civility in both public and interpersonal discourse in today’s world, where ideological rifts have never been more apparent in social media, political discourse and even at the dinner table. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. For interviews, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at


The University of Dayton prelaw program will host the Dayton Metro Law Fair 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the RecPlex to give prospective students a better feel for the law school admission process. It is free and open to the public. Prospective law students can take a sample law class, observe a mock admission panel, hear about law school financing strategies, receive tips on the best undergraduate path to law school and talk to representatives from nearly 50 law schools. For more information call the University of Dayton Prelaw office at 937-229-4229.  


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

Oct. 22-Nov. 9, 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.

3 p.m. Oct. 28, Sears Recital Hall: Cecilia Moore, associate professor of religious studies, will deliver the Annual Father Joseph M. Davis., S.M., Black Catholic History Month Lecture "When the Saints Go Marching In:" The Work of Making Black Saints." It is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot C.

12:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception: All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos English/Spanish Mass. 

12:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 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. 4, Kennedy Union ballroom: The University of Dayton will host Tolton: From Slave to Priest, a powerful one-man production performed by Jim Coleman of Saint Luke Productions based on the life of  Father Augustus Tolton, the first recognized African-American Catholic priest. The Vatican is reviewing Tolton's case for sainthood. The event, free and open to the public, is being presented in celebration of Black Catholic History Month.

6 p.m. Nov. 4, 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.

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. 7, 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 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 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.

Professional Development Programs

Professional development programs are offered for new and experienced supervisors, managers and professionals at all levels looking to sharpen their leadership skills in a variety of areas.

Oct. 24: "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. 26: "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: "Making a Positive Impact on Customer Relationships." Participants will learn how to build and maintain long-term internal and external customer relationships, take positive approaches to problems and complaints and techniques to make a positive impact on every customer encounter.

Nov. 1: "IMPROVing Interpersonal Skills." 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.

Nov. 6: "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. 7: "Art of Influence." Participants will learn the styles of influence, roles personal connections play in influencing people and persuasion tips.

Nov. 8: "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: "Effective Conflict Management." Participants will review the five styles of handling conflict and when to use them, identify styles of dealing with conflict and steps to resolve conflicts. 

Nov. 27: "Time Management and Personal Productivity." This session will help with establishing and scheduling priorities, navigating common productivity obstacles and engaging others productively.

Nov. 27: "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.

Nov. 29-30: "Problem Solving for Team Leaders: Lean Six Sigma Green 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. The one-day yellow belt workshop is a prerequisite for this program.

Dec. 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.

Dec. 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.

Dec. 12: "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. 

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

Each year, the Center presents one-day executive-level programs that address topics most relevant to senior-level leaders. Programs are delivered in a workshop format, mixing content, conversation and skill practice, so leaders can apply what they learn and impact their organizations. 

Oct. 23: Create a High-Performance Culture Through Feedback and Coaching by Thomas Crane, international consultant, author, and speaker specializing in assisting leaders in creating high-performance through the development of coaching cultures. 

Nov. 15: The Future of Happiness: Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being by Amy Blankson, featured professor in Oprah Winfrey's Happiness course, co-founder of GoodThink, speaker, author of The Future of Happiness and the only person to be named a Point of Light by President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.

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 at Daniel J. Curran Place on the University of Dayton River Campus.

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