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 leadership coach, a top-tier trainer, and a best-selling writer. He is president and founder of First Light Group with a mission to bring your future within reach. His experience as a chief executive includes 15 seasons with the Victoria Theatre Association where he led its "You are the star" transformation from a "mom and pop" into a top-30 performing arts center with over 25,000 subscribers, annual revenues of $21.3 million, and the opening of three venues including the $130 million Schuster Center. As a decade-long Tony Awards voter, he won The Broadway League's first-ever Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management.

Mark earned his Ph.D. in 2007 and has taught at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management where he received the Mandel Center Teaching Award. In his last posting at DePaul University, he was the highest rated teaching professor at the School of Public Service where students described him "amazing, caring, inspiring." His current training activities serve emerging leaders, agencies working on sustainable strategy, and boards wanting to become strategic.

Mark has written three books: Results Now and The Strategic Board from Wiley, and Executive Committee from BoardSource. The Nonprofit Quarterly is home to his Dr. Conflict and You First: Leadership for a New World columns. Mark holds a BFA from Drake University, an MBA from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Antioch University. Click here for Mark's curriculum vitae.

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