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University of Dayton Center for Leadership, Dayton Development Coalition and Victoria Theatre Association Announce Second Season Lineup

The University of Dayton Center for Leadership, Dayton Development Coalition and Victoria Theatre Association will present a second season of the University of Dayton Center for Leadership Speaker Series. The series features three distinguished authors and thought leaders who inspire shared thinking and encourage life-long learning, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation.

"We had a very successful inaugural series last year, so we're pleased to partner again with Premier Health, the Dayton Development Coalition and the Victoria Theatre Association to attract top thought leaders to share their experiences and tips with the region's business leaders," said Eric Spina, University of Dayton president. "I feel the University of Dayton Center for Leadership has an important role in working with local partners to help foster business growth and innovation in the region. We feel this lineup can be a catalyst in that growth and innovation."

The series is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Premier Health Partners and Cox Media Group.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring this exciting speaker series and to partner with University of Dayton Center for Leadership, Victoria Theatre Association and Dayton Development Coalition,” said Mary Boosalis, president & CEO of Premier Health. “By bringing these thought leaders to Dayton, we continue to support change and innovation intrinsic to our future growth and development.”

“VTA is pleased to continue this partnership with the UD Center for Leadership and Dayton Development Coalition,” said Ty Sutton, VTA President & CEO. “The featured speakers on this series offer different leadership and business perspectives, while encouraging creative discussions throughout our community. We look forward to welcoming adults and students from all over the greater Dayton region to these personal and professional development opportunities.”

The Speaker Series hits on a major economic issue for the Dayton Region, giving companies a unique way to address workforce challenges.

“Building a sustainable workforce is the top concern we hear from local companies. This continued partnership with the University of Dayton Center for Leadership, the Victoria Theatre Association and the DDC gives business leaders an exciting way for their employees to learn from the business world’s top thought leaders,” said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. “The Speaker Series gives our region’s professionals a great opportunity to learn new ways to tackle workplace issues and help build a supportive, engaged workplace culture.”

Tickets for the University of Dayton Center for Leadership Speaker Series go on sale Monday, October 15 at 10 a.m. Individual tickets for each speaker start at $39 with a VIP price of $79. VIP tickets include a complimentary copy of each author’s book. Series tickets (for all three speakers) are discounted 15 percent. Discounted rates are available on an event-by-event basis for groups of 10 and or more.

To purchase tickets, visit the Ticket Center Stage box office, located in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, by calling 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630 or online at Ticket Center Stage Box Office hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and two hours prior to each performance.

Each speaker event takes place at the Victoria Theatre with a networking time beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Victoria lobby and the event starting at 5:45 p.m.


2018-2019 UD Center for Leadership Speaker Series


November 13, 2018

Chester Elton – The Best Team Wins: The 5 Disciplines of Today’s Most Effective Leaders

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping leaders engage their employees by sharing proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams. Supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, Elton’s work has generated real solutions for leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of the bestselling leadership books All In, The Carrot Principle and The Best Team Wins, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.


February 26, 2019

Connie Dieken ­– Communication That Works: 3 Habits to Influence Others & Make Things Happen

Connie Dieken is one of the world’s leading thought leaders on influence and executive presence. A former Emmy Award®-winning broadcast journalist, Connie spent more than 20 years interviewing the most influential people in the public eye and learning how they influence others to action. Dieken’s knowledge, research and experience coaching high-powered leaders help transform even the best leaders into powerful, purposeful influencers with remarkable adaptability in changing times. The author of two bestselling books – Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen and Become the Real Deal: The Proven Path to Influence and Executive Presence – Dieken has also been selected by as one of America’s top keynote speakers every year since 2010.


May 14, 2019

Marshall Goldsmith – What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Get Even Better

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the only two-time winner of the Thinkers 50 Award for #1 Leadership Thinker in the World. He has been ranked as the #1 Executive Coach in the World and a Top Ten Business Thinker for the past eight years. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 36 books, including three New York Times bestsellers, that have sold over 2.5 million copies and been listed bestseller in 12 countries. His books, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers, have been recognized by as two of the Top 100 Leadership & Success Books Ever Written. Goldsmith was also named as one of the 50 great thinkers and leaders who has influenced the field of management by The American Management Association.


The University of Dayton Center for Leadership is a unique and powerful resource that has been delivering innovative, world-class leadership education for senior executives, emerging leaders and front-line supervisors and professionals since 1999. The Center operates as a “shared, corporate university,” helping 6000+ leaders annually develop the leadership and business skills they need to be successful. For more information, visit

The Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) is the leading economic development organization for the 14-county Dayton Region. Working closely with public and private regional partners, its mission is to recruit, expand and retain jobs in the Dayton Region. For more information, visit

Victoria Theatre Association is one of Dayton’s premier arts organizations, presenting the Premier Health Broadway Series; Morris Furniture Company Family Series; Projects Unlimited Star Attractions; Universal 1 Credit Union VIC150 Music Series; National Geographic Live Series, sponsored by Subaru of America and Wagner Subaru; Cool Films Series; Citilites Unwind Series; and the Discovery Series, which features curriculum-enhanced live theatre productions for school children. In addition to the performances it presents, Victoria Theatre Association also manages the historic Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the PNC Arts Annex, the Arts Garage on Second and Ludlow Streets, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, which houses The Loft Theatre. Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is a not-for-profit arts organization that receives funding from a variety of public and private sources, including corporations, foundations, individuals, the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, and the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). VTA programs are made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to OAC, a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Ticket Center Stage is the official ticketing outlet for events at the Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre and The Loft Theatre.

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