Briefly Speaking

Upcoming events provide opportunities to discuss local human rights issues and develop business leadership skills.



University of Dayton human rights studies students will host a free, public event to discuss everyone's right to an adequate standard of living and responses to human rights issues in the region from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Dayton International Peace Museum, 208 W. Monument Ave. in Dayton. Dinner will be provided and seating is limited; reservations are required by emailing "The students' goal is to foster dialogue about human rights issues facing residents of Dayton and to learn what is or should be done in response to these issues," said Tony Talbott, director of advocacy in the University of Dayton Human Rights Center. "We hope to make connections among students, professionals and community members. It's 'giving Tuesday,' so we encourage the community to give their time and ideas plus share a meal and meet those passionate about helping the greater Dayton community." For more information, email For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 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 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.

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. 

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