Speakers

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Matt Becker
Matt Becker is the owner of Authentic Excellence LLC, a career and life coaching business and is an professional certified coach through the International Coach Federation. He has 10 years of experience in the field of human resource development, working in both the private and public sectors, with specialties in leadership development, interpersonal skills development, coaching, mentoring and team building.

Becker has a B.A. in political science from John Carroll University and an M.Ed. from Xavier University. As a coach, he is passionate about helping clients clarify their values and natural strengths in order to design a fulfilling career and/or life. His ability to listen intently, ask
powerful questions and see the possibilities others may not have thought of is what makes him a successful coach.
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Steve Coats
Steve Coats is one of the leading authorities on the five practices of exemplary leadership, and he has taught, coached and consulted with executives and managers in several countries around the world. Coats focuses his work on leadership and team development, personal growth, change and business strategy. He also has extensive development experience with renowned programs such as Stephen Covey’s principle-centered leadership and a number of client-specific customized programs. Coats has published several articles, as well as co-authoring the book, There is No Box (Executive Excellence Publishing, 2007, 2011).

Coats received an M.B.A. from North Texas University and completed an executive program in technology and innovation at the Wharton School.
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Ron Crossland
Ron Crossland has worked with talent from the boiler room to the boardroom, a range of experience that has taught him that regardless of position, individuals’ work matters. He has helped individuals, teams, and organizations develop better leaders, create more innovation, forge better internal and external relationships, and inspire greater performance.
Ron is a research synthesizer and business writer. He has co-authored or authored three books, The Leader’s Voice: How Your Communication Can Inspire Action and Get Results (2002), The Leadership Experience: From Individual Success to Organizational Significance (2007), and Voice Lessons: Applying Science to the Art of Leadership Communication (2012). He also provides communication training and coaching for high potential and senior leaders and speaks at company meetings, industry association events, and other venues.

Over the past ten years Ron has worked with high potential managers seeking to make the cross over from individual leadership to organizational leadership at Microsoft, New York Life AT&T, and Deloitte. He received his BS in Electronic Engineering Technology and his MBA from Oklahoma State University. In 2011, OSU’s Spears School of Business recognized him as one of the top fifty MBA graduates of the school’s history.
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Roger Fortman
Roger Fortman has been a consultant, trainer and executive coach for the past 20 years, working with organizations across the United States and in Sweden. He provides training and consultation in strategic planning, leadership development, change and culture
management, team building, generations, diversity, behavioral interviewing, and conflict and stress management.

Fortman is a qualified/certified trainer in AchieveGlobal (Zenger Miller), DDI including Targeted Selection, DiSC Indra and Myers-Briggs Personality Types. He is also a national executive coach for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Fortman has taught at the University of Dayton and Wright State University.
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Rod Goelz
Rod Goelz is a change consultant with more than 20 years of experience managing organizations and coaching individuals toward maximum change resilience. He has worked with leaders of change from the largest corporations to small business, government, and non-profits. Rod’s advises from experience, having been an individual contributor, manager, director, and senior executive. He also holds a Master’s degree in Organization Development and Change from Bowling Green State University, and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Capital University.
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Mike Gorman
Mike Gorman is an associate professor at the University of Dayton in the Department of MIS, OM and Decision Sciences. Gorman has 10 years of experience in the rail industry at BNSF Railway and regularly consults for both shippers and carriers in transportation and logistics issues. Gorman’s work has been published in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Annals of Operations Research, Interfaces, Applied Economics and Transportation Quarterly, among others. He was a finalist in INFORMS’ Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice in 2005. He is a referee for numerous peer-reviewed journals. Gorman has five years of service — including chair — in INFORMS'v rail applications special interest group. He is currently the treasurer of the Cincinnati-Dayton local chapter of INFORMS.
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Leah Hawthorn
Leah Hawthorn is a Certified International Business Image and Business Etiquette Coach, Owner of, ABI, advanced business image & etiquette LLC, Training Facilitator for The Defense Acquisition Universities, Senior College Fellowship, corporate business, colleges and universities, and is a Master Trainer for The Protocol School of Washington.

Ms. Hawthorn works to facilitate change in the business arena by improving individual and corporate image and Business Etiquette/Social Intelligence skills. Ms. Hawthorn trains business women and men from all over the world, recently training students from Zayed University, in Dubai and Etihad Rail Management Team in Abu Dhabi.

Ms. Hawthorn is active in her local community and has delivered Business Image and Business Etiquette/Social Intelligence seminars for a variety of organizations, businesses, colleges and schools in addition to Wright Patterson Air-Force Base/Randolph Air-Force Base, and DAUMW. Ms. Hawthorn sits on the Board of Trustees for RMHC Dayton, and is also a founding board member of WiBN, Women in Business Networking, and a 2010 recipient of The Top 25 Women To Watch award.
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Vince Lewis
Vince Lewis is a Dayton native and full-time lecturer at the University of Dayton. As part of UD’s management and marketing department Lewis teaches courses focused on entrepreneurship and strategic management in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. For the last several years Lewis has been responsible for the capstone course in entrepreneurship. Lewis has a broad management background, from an entrepreneur starting his own business to an executive with one of the world’s largest manufacturing organizations. Through his experience as president of Hyde Park Electronics, president of Schneider Electric’s US Sensing Business and Founder/CEO of Logos@Work, Lewis has started new business ventures, developed growth strategies, pushed through periods of growth and decline, managed generational succession and developed exit strategies.

Lewis holds a BA from Western Kentucky University, an MA in Management from Antioch University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program.
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Alisa Livesay
Alisa Livesay has over 16 years experience in public accounting and financial planning, working with small business owners, families, and corporate executives. She started her career at Price Waterhouse LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP. There, she acquired extensive tax and financial planning experience, working with high net worth individuals and executives at eminent corporations in a variety of industries.

Alisa then broadened her background with a corporate experience in investor relations, where she expanded her knowledge with Wall Street interactions and investment management firms. As a Director of Executive Compensation and Benefits, Alisa was responsible for non-qualified benefit plan design and implementation, and all equity compensation matters. She is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor and a speaker on tax, financial planning, and estate planning issues. She maintains Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner® designations, holds a Master of Finance degree, and teaches in the School of Business Administration at the University of Dayton. CPA requests or Dayton CFP matters are handled by Alisa for Mosaic.
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Jim Norris
Jim Norris’ expertise is in business simulations, focusing on helping people realize the financial results of their decisions. During his multifaceted career, Norris has served as an internal and external consultant in the areas of business literacy, leadership development, financial systems, profitability analysis, change management, mergers and ethical influence. Norris is a CPA and a high-level MBA graduate of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
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David Robert
David Robert brings 20 years of experience as a thought leader in the areas of Organizational Development and Workplace Culture. David has held both internal and external consulting positions at companies across several industries, and is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Loeb Leadership. Previously, David held the position of CEO at Great Place to Work (Middle East). In that role, he partnered with hundreds of organizations to help them foster high-trust, collaborative workplace cultures. Earlier in his career, David worked with Blue Cross and Blue Shield as Director of Change Management. In that role, he was responsible for the overall people and culture strategy of the organization. In addition, David worked at several technology companies in which he designed and implemented Learning and Development programs. David is passionate about helping leaders create a compelling legacy for themselves and their organization.
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Randy Sparks
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Glenn Sharp
Glenn Sharp has nearly 23 years of experience managing in the retail, food service, and convenient store industries. As a training and development professional, Glenn has taught more than 15,000 management professionals and provided individual leadership coaching to countless managers as well. Glenn is also a full-time adjunct professor for UC in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business and recently received the 2019 Outstanding Adjunct Teaching in Management Award. This unique combination of management and facilitation experience makes Glenn a unicorn of types in this field.
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Julie Woeste
Julie Woeste is an experienced business leader and teacher in both academia and industry. With a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry her primary responsibility involved the execution of strategic focus on retail and small business banking services. She completed her MBA at University of Dayton (2010). Having reached a point in her life where she had a strong desire to give back more, she elected to leave industry to pursue a long-standing ambition for a full time academic career. Having a wide range of experiences, has allowed her to develop a teaching philosophy that brings industry and academics more closely together. She believes meaningful examples bring theory alive for students and provide a richer level of understanding. Her students enjoy her energy, strong ethics and desire for student success in a positive and supportive learning environment. When not teaching, she enjoys visiting with family, helps her husband manage rental properties and volunteers on CityWide Development Corp. Loan and Investment Committee. She is always up for the next adventure to travel and will be teaching as part of the UD Study Abroad program in Germany this summer.
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Dina Schmid
Dina Schmid is the founder of Queen City Etiquette. She was motivated to start Queen City Etiquette after not being able to find classes for her own children in Cincinnati. In addition to being a certified etiquette consultant, Ms. Schmid has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She is married and the mother of three teenagers. Ms. Schmid has always enjoyed working with young people, and was a Girl Scout leader for 9 years. She stays active in her community as vice-chairman of the Montgomery Sister Cities Commission and a member of the Bastille Day organizing committee, a neighborhood coordinator for the Montgomery Food Share, and a participant in the Montgomery Citizens Leadership Academy (class of 2018). She spent three and a half years living with her family in Fontainebleau, France and has had many opportunities to feed her passion of traveling and experiencing other cultures.
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Hunter Phillips Goodman, PhD.
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