About Mark

His experience in nonprofit leadership and consulting

brought exceptional value to the team.

Michael Henderson, Executive Director, Project VIDA (testimonial)

Dr. Mark Light is a trusted coach, a top-tier trainer, and a best-selling writer. He founded First Light Group with a mission to "put your future within reach." He was the highest rated professor in his school at DePaul University where graduate students rated him "amazing, hilarious, caring, and inspiring." He also taught at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management where he received the Mandel Center Teaching Award. Mark holds a BFA from Drake University, an MBA from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Antioch University.

For 15 blockbuster seasons, he was CEO of the Victoria Theatre Association and led its "You are the star" transformation from a "mom and pop" into a top-30 performing arts center by boosting show attendance 19-fold to 430,000, subscriptions seven-fold to 25,400, and revenues 25-fold to $21.3 million. He also opened three new venues including the $130 million Schuster Center project including a 2,400 seat theatre, a winter garden, condominium tower, restaurant, and parking garages. As a decades-long Tony® Awards voter, he won The Broadway League's first-ever Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management.  

Mark has written three books: Results Now and The Strategic Board from Wiley, and Executive Committee from BoardSource. Amazon will publish his fourth book, Sustainable Strategy: Develop, Decide, Deliver. The Nonprofit Quarterly is home to his Dr. Conflict and You First: Leadership for a New World. Click here for Mark's curriculum vitae.

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