Cy Wakeman

Three well-known speakers named to new Dayton leadership series

In a push to cultivate leadership talent and bring more people downtown, major Dayton players including the Victoria Theatre Association and the University of Dayton Center for Leadership will partner to create a new speaker series that will bring well-known national business leaders to the region.

The series is a partnership between the UD Center for Leadership, the Dayton Development Coalition and the Victoria Theatre Association and is sponsored by Premier Health. The three speakers are leaders who “inspire shared thinking and encourage life-long learning, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation, according to the organizations.

National business leaders Cy Wakeman, Tim Sanders and Jon Gordon will be the speakers in the first University of Dayton Center for Leadership Speaker Series, organizers announced today.

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“Whenever the Dayton Development Coalition meets with companies, they want to know ways they can engage their employees in meaningful training that goes beyond basic skills,” said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. “This leadership speaker series will give our regional talent a unique opportunity to learn new ways to approach their work, enrich their lives, and come to work the next day ready to tackle new challenges.”

Wakeman, who will speak Oct. 17, is a New York Times best-selling author and international keynote speaker with over 25 years experience cultivating a revolutionary new approach to leadership, according to her website biography. She was named one of the “Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow” on Twitter.

Wakeman’s newest book, “No Ego,” points out that ego-driven behaviors are the No. 1 source of drama in workplaces today, and it’s costing organizations billions annually.

Sanders, who will speak Feb. 6, also is a New York Times bestselling author, public speaker, and former Yahoo! executive. In 2005, he founded Deeper Media, which provides consulting and training services for leading companies, trade associations and government agencies.

Gordon, who will speak April 11, is the author of 17 books including five best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First and The Power of Positive Leadership.

The speaking engagements will take place at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton. Tickets for the series go on sale Monday, Aug. 28 and can be bought online ticketcenter.stage.com.

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