His experience in nonprofit leadership and consulting
brought exceptional value
to the team.
Michael Henderson, Executive
Director, Project VIDA (testimonial)
Mark Light is President of First Light Group where he
strengthens leaders to Do Great Good. He is a trusted and seasoned leadership coach, a master
teacher known for inspiring and actionable learning, and a street-smart writer.
His leadership experience includes 15 seasons transforming the undiscovered
Victoria Theatre into a top-30 arts center where he was a decade-long Tony
Awards voter. Mark holds a BFA from Drake University, MBA from UCLA, Ph.D. from
the Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change.
As a trusted leadership coach, Mark is an
International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach,
an iPEC Certified Professional Coach, a Gallup
Certified Strengths Coach, and a Certified Facilitator for Everthing DiSC
Workplace and Management, and the Five Behaviors for teams. He is certified to use all
of the Center for Creative Leadership's assessments
and he is a graduate of CCL's Coaching for
Greater Effectiveness and Leadership Development
Mark is a master teacher whose classroom is anywhere leaders attend
his active-learning seminars. He was
consistently the highest rated full teaching professor at
DePaul University's School of Public Service and an instructor at Case Western Reserve University's
Weatherhead School of Management where he received the
prestigious Mandel Center Teaching Award.
Mark's street-smart writing has led to three
published books: Results Now,
The Strategic Board,
both from Wiley & Sons, and Executive Committee
from BoardSource where he served
for many years on
its Council of Editorial Advisors. He has written for
magazine, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Journal, and
he writes for the Nonprofit
Quarterly, which is home to his
32 Dr. Conflict
and You First columns.
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at our recent Certification program that received a 100% rating.
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