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
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
You have the distinction of being the only presenter
at our recent Certification program that received a 100% rating.
Melissa A Smith - Former Executive
Institute for Ethical Leadership -