UD, DDC & VTA Partner for UD CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP SPEAKER SERIESRepresentatives from the University of Dayton Center for Leadership, Dayton Development Coalition and Victoria Theatre Association have partnered to present the UD CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP SPEAKER SERIES, sponsored by Premier Health. The inaugural series features three distinguished authors and thought leaders who inspire shared thinking and encourage life-long learning, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation.

Tickets for the UD CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP SPEAKER SERIES go on sale, Monday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. Individual Tickets for the series start at $37 with a VIP price of $77. VIP tickets include a complimentary copy of each author's book. Series tickets (for all three speakers) start at $95.25 with group tickets for groups of 10 and or more available at a discounted rate.

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

2017-2018 UD Center for Leadership Speaker Series:

CY WAKEMAN - Oct. 17, 2017

Victoria Theatre

Reality Based Leadership: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement & Drive Big Results

CY WAKEMAN is a dynamic, global keynote speaker and New York Times best-selling author who has spent over 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership and work. A former leader in the health care field, now highly sought-after consultant and conference headliner, Cy helps leaders and their teams ditch the drama, turn excuses into results and find opportunities in every challenge they face. In 2017, Cy was named one of the Top 30 Global Leadership Professionals by Global Gurus, a Top 100 Leadership Expert to follow on Twitter, and "the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace." Her latest book, No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Results, debuts September 2017.

TIM SANDERS- Feb. 6, 2018

Victoria Theatre

Genius is a Team Sport: Unleashing the Power of Innovation & Collaboration

TIM SANDERS has been on the cutting edge of innovation and change throughout his 30+ year career. Tim was a member of MARK CUBAN and Todd Wagner's broadcast.com team, which had the largest opening day IPO in history. After Yahoo! acquired the company, Tim created and led their "ValueLab," a group dedicated to providing insight into Yahoo!'s customers, which enabled the close of hundreds of millions of dollars of new business through rapid collaboration. He later became the company's Chief Solutions Officer and then Leadership Coach. Today, Tim is best known as the author of five books, including his best-selling books Love is the Killer App and The Likeability Factor. He has been featured in Fast Company, USA Today, NY Times, on CNN and more.

Jon Gordon - April 11, 2018

Victoria Theatre

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

Jon Gordon helps organizations develop positive, engaged leaders and winning teams. His principles around leadership, culture, sales and teamwork have inspired audiences around the world. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, sports teams, schools, hospitals, and nonprofits, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Heat, Georgia Bulldogs, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Southwest Airlines, US Military Academy at West Point, and more. He 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. Ken Blanchard wrote in his forward to The Energy Bus, "If you want to fuel your family, your career, your team, and your organization with spirit, read this book. Jon's energy and advice will leap off the page and help you cultivate positive energy in everything you do."

University of Dayton, on the power of partnership: "The University of Dayton is proud to partner with the Dayton Development Coalition and the Victoria Theatre Association on this UD CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP SPEAKER SERIES," said Dr. Eric Spina, University of Dayton president. "This three-way partnership, supported by Premier Health and other community sponsors, leverages our collective resources to provide world-class workforce development programs and attract top leadership thought leaders to the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton. This further demonstrates the spirit of collaboration, curiosity and lifelong learning that makes Dayton, Ohio so unique. These qualities enable the Dayton region to continue to attract, develop and retain the leaders we need to help individuals and organizations grow and innovate."

Premier Health, on sponsorship: "We are delighted to be the title sponsor of 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."

Dayton Development Coalition, on workforce development: "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 & CEO, 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. We are thrilled to partner with the University of Dayton Center for Leadership and Victoria Theatre Association to share these speakers with our community, and encourage a passion for lifelong learning."

2017-2018 UD Center for Leadership Speaker Series: "VTA looks forward to the opportunity to reach the Miami Valley business community by partnering with the UD Center for Leadership and Dayton Development Coalition on a new, innovative Speaker Series," said Ken Neufeld, VTA president & CEO. "The featured speakers on the series, CY WAKEMAN, TIM SANDERS and Jon Gordon, offer different leadership and business perspectives, while encouraging creative discussions throughout our community."

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 leadership.udayton.edu.

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.

Victoria Theatre Association is one of Dayton's premier arts organizations, presenting the Premier Health Broadway Series, the Morris Furniture Company Family Series, the Cool Films Series, Projects Unlimited Star Attractions, National Geographic Live Series, sponsored by Subaru and Subaru of Dayton, 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 Arts Garage on Second and Ludlow, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, which houses The Loft Theatre. Victoria Theatre Association receives funding from a variety of diverse public, corporate, individual and private sources, including the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and the Ohio Arts Council. The Ohio Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts helped fund this program or organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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