Speakers

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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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Steve Coats
Steve Coats is the owner and managing partner of International Leadership Associates, a Cincinnati-based leadership development and consulting firm. For over thirty years, he has worked with a wide variety of clients, in a number of industries, as well as universities, the military, and nonprofits. Steve has taught, coached, and consulted with executives and all levels of managers in several countries around the world. Steve is a leading authority of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®, the leadership methodology from the worldwide best–selling book, The Leadership Challenge. He has been involved with this work and its authors, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, since 1987. He also has decades of experience working with related subjects of Coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Accountability, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Steve is co-author of the book, There is no Box, and also co-authored the booklet, Raise the Bar. Prior to ILA, Steve had sixteen years of experience with AT&T, where he led a National Account Team for several years, and later provided leadership and executive development coaching. Steve received his MBA in Executive Management from North Texas University, and completed an executive program in technology and innovation at the Wharton School. He has been a facilitator with UD’s Center for Leadership, since its inception.
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Bob Jewell
Bob Jewell is the founder and CEO of the Omega Leadership Group. He has more than 25 years of experience at the executive level as a practicing manager, coach and leader. His responsibilities have included engineering, operations and business development. Jewell's extensive real-world experiences, combined with his strong communication, facilitation and presentations skills, create a dynamic and enjoyable learning environment. Jewell holds a degree in engineering from The Ohio State University and is certified as Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. His work in the areas of leadership development, project management, employee engagement and strategic planning has earned him the respect of clients such as Kroger, Toyota, General Electric, Fed Ex and Catholic Health Partners.
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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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Nicky Adams
Nicky Adams is a full-time lecturer in English at University of Dayton, teaching professional communication courses and coordinating the department’s Writing Internship Program. She earned her B.S. in Education from Miami University and an M.A. in English with a concentration in Organizational Communication at Wright State University, where she also directed the University Writing Center for five years and taught composition and business writing. Before joining UD, Nicky was an account manager in the Workforce Development Division of Sinclair Community College, where she consulted with area businesses to assess training and development needs and implement related programs for their employees.
Through her LLC, Workplace Communication Consulting, Nicky also conducts corporate training on professional communication topics for academic and corporate clients in the Dayton area.
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Jill Haney
Jill Haney, founder of JH Image Consulting, provides corporations and their employees with
consultation and training on appearance, behavior, etiquette and communication that give those employees self–confidence, commanding presence and credibility. Haney is a certified image consultant with the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). Haney has worked with major clients such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Fifth Third Bank and General Cable to deliver customized solutions and training to address image. Haney authors a weekly column in the business section of The Cincinnati Enquirer called "Image Rules" that addresses a wide range of image-related issues. She has also been featured on radio and TV programs, including programs on WKRQ-FM and Cincinnati's ABC affiliate WCPO.
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Lori Tingle
Lori Tingle is a results-oriented coach and facilitator, specializing in such skill development as communication, building relationships, conflict resolution, organization and personal productivity. She has over 15 years of training experience to go along with 3 years of coaching experience. Lori’s primary goal is to help learners improve their performance by empowering them to put their insights into action. Whether coaching or facilitating, she focuses on growth as well as a structure to sustain the growth. Lori is a graduate of Georgetown College and Coach University. She also is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) along with experience in DiSC®, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Inventory, and Personal Productivity.
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Brent Kondritz, PhD.
Brent Kondritz, PhD, is the Executive Director of the University of Dayton Center for Leadership. Prior to joining the University of Dayton Center for Leadership team, Brent held the following positions: Corporate Trainer, Manager of Training and Development, Senior HR Manager, Director of Sales and Operations, and Director of Strategy within Sprint, BellSouth/AT&T and The Berry Company. Since joining the University of Dayton Center for Leadership in 2010, he has served as the Assistant Director, Associate Director, and Director managing leadership programs at the Emerging Leader and Executive level. He is also a certified trainer/practitioner in a variety of leadership assessments and leadership models. Brent received his B.S. in marketing and minor in psychology from Eastern Illinois University and his MBA from the University of Nebraska – Kearney. Brent received his PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton focusing his dissertation on The Leadership Perceptions of Collegiate Student-Athletes and Their Coaches: A Comparative Analysis.
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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 20 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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Abel Hernandez
Abel Hernandez has more than 30 years of leadership, management, cor- porate and career coaching, emotional intelligence, problem-solving and decision making experience. He is currently employed as the performance management specialist for the Dayton headquartered company CareSource. In his position, he guides the company in the development of performance management philosophy for all employees, is a corporate and career coach and is responsible for leadership education and training.
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Andrea Zavakos, PhD.
Andrea Zavakos PhD. brings more than 20 years of human resources experience, a results-oriented style and a strong focus on understanding and respecting individual perspectives to her clients. Her focus is on helping companies create the work environment, behaviors and processes that will yield the right business results. Zavakos earned her B.A. in psychology from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii; an M.B.A. in total quality management from Dowling College on Long Island, N.Y., and a Ph.D. in leadership and change from Antioch University. She served in leadership positions for small and large corporations before joining the University of Dayton as assistant vice president of human resources.
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Filomena Nelson
Filomena Nelson is an executive coach and organizational consultant who has more than 20 years of experience in coaching, training, organizational development and education. Her work spans a broad range of projects that include a key role in the development of a full-service corporate training function. She has worked extensively with individuals and teams in both corporate and nonprofit organizations to build skills and improve bottomline effectiveness. Her passion and humor create a stimulating learning environment. Nelson’s expertise includes presenting highly motivational and customized programs that help organizations meet their strategic needs. She has a master’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas with postgraduate work in instructional system design from Old Dominion University.
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Michael Fedotowsky
While Mike has a Masters degree in Nuclear Physics, he certainly does not fit the profile. Since graduating, he quickly understood that he was better working with people than in a lab. He first realized this when helping Florida Power & Light become the first American company to earn the Deming Prize. He was so valuable to the process of acquiring that prize, that they asked him to become a lead consultant for Qualtec; helping organizations implement the valuable process improvement techniques they learned from their Japanese consultants. He is an avid learner and is fascinated with what makes organizations work. Over the past 28 years as a consultant, his career has taken him all over the world; consulting for such companies as The Irish Management Institute, Eli Lilly France, Tube Makers Australia, Proctor & Gamble, World Bank, CareSource and many others. Over the years, Mike has developed expertise incorporating the mantra "Simplify, Simplify, Simplify." Mike is known for his uncanny ability to decipher between value added work and unnecessary fluff. The streamlined results have delighted his customers, improved morale and increased the bottom line. He has all the credentials; Qualtec Master's Trainer, Master Black Belt and Lean Ohio Certified Instructor, but he doesn't let that get in his way. He just wants to help organizations improve, innovate and lead in the most efficient way possible.
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Anita Moore
Anita Moore is a former corporate executive with a strong background of achievement and effective leadership. A retired Vice-President of Human Resources for The Berry Company entity of AT&T, Anita launched her own business - A. Moore Consulting, LLC - in 2011, after receiving frequent requests for her services. Anita specializes in organizational effectiveness, particularly as relates to workplace interventions. She works to uncover issues and challenges in the workplace and assists groups in moving beyond the barriers that prevent them from delivering their most effective work. Anita also conducts workplace investigations, provides prescriptive training, lead strategic planning sessions and coaches mid-to-senior level executives. A committed community advocate and volunteer, Anita serves as Chair of the Board for Premier Health and the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board. She also serves as a trustee on the board of The Dayton Foundation. In 2014, she was named a Woman of Influence by the YWCA and has been named to the Dayton Business Journal’s Power 50 for from 2016 - 2019. She readily avails herself to mentoring and advising numerous professionals, both young and seasoned, throughout the Dayton region and across the country.
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Cesar Jaime
Cesar Jaime has been studying and performing Improvisation in Chicago for over 19 years. In that time he has performed with the Second City, the iO Theater, the Playground Theater, and The Noble Fool Theater, amongst many other great places around Chicago. Cesar spent 15 years as an IT software engineer in the banking industry. Specializing in customer relationship building, his work in cross-functional teams provided Cesar an understanding of how the art of improvisation is incredibly helpful in terms of creating a more positive, fun and productive work environment. Cesar has taught Business Improvisations programs for Columbia Business School, Duke Law School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Duke Fuqua School of Business.
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Marvin Abrinica
Marvin Montgomery is an experienced motivational speaker and professional training specialist, and has assisted hundreds of organizations improve their productivity. In doing so, he has earned widespread national recognition and praise. It stems from Marvin’s informative, practical and stimulating programs that reect his basic philosophy: preparation and practice are the keys to success. For over 30 years, people who have heard Marvin speak or who have participated in his training programs consistently praise him. Marvin speaks from experience. As director of sales for one of the country’s largest jewelry chain leaders, Marvin trained over 1,200 associates in 95 stores. With that background, he has applied his compelling training to the benefit of employees of all industries that are providing a product or service to their customers. Marvin’s captivating presentation emphasizes the same tried and true techniques that have assisted hundreds of organizations meet or exceed their goals. It’s not the same old training message. Marvin’s message will prevent those who experience it from ever using outdated training methods of “trial and error” or “learning by doing.”
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Marvin Montgomery
Marvin Montgomery is an experienced motivational speaker and professional training specialist, and has assisted hundreds of organizations improve their productivity. In doing so, he has earned widespread national recognition and praise. It stems from Marvin’s informative, practical and stimulating programs that reect his basic philosophy: preparation and practice are the keys to success. For over 30 years, people who have heard Marvin speak or who have participated in his training programs consistently praise him. Marvin speaks from experience. As director of sales for one of the country’s largest jewelry chain leaders, Marvin trained over 1,200 associates in 95 stores. With that background, he has applied his compelling training to the benefit of employees of all industries that are providing a product or service to their customers. Marvin’s captivating presentation emphasizes the same tried and true techniques that have assisted hundreds of organizations meet or exceed their goals. It’s not the same old training message. Marvin’s message will prevent those who experience it from ever using outdated training methods of “trial and error” or “learning by doing.”
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Julie Nee
Julie Nee is a leader, motivator, and a passionate teacher of all things positivity. Heart-centered leadership and enthusiasm are her trademarks. She brings a high level of energy and passion to every group she engages. Julie weaves personal anecdotes with relevant calls to action for each specific audience. Julie brings 25 years of business experience in Sales, Sales Leadership and Marketing, including 19 years at The Hershey Company building business, leading teams and developing people. This experience is the foundation for connecting and engaging with clients around their real business challenges and opportunities. Julie has worked with clients across a wide variety of industries to drive positive change into their organizations. In addition to keynote speaking, Julie leads the Training team at The Jon Gordon Companies, and she is the co-creator (along with Jon Gordon) of The Power of Positive Leadership training program. Julie focuses her sessions on helping each organization, team and individual build more positive minds, teams and cultures.
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Adrienne Ausdenmoore
Adrienne Ausdenmoore is the Director of the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at the University of Dayton. Her work at IACT focuses on empowering students to develop the creative skills necessary to excel and impact today’s innovative workforce, no matter what their field of study may be. Adrienne was trained in Life Design by the founders of the movement at Stanford’s “d.school,” and works with both students and professionals to blend educational and vocational frameworks for self-determination and transdisciplinary transformation. Adrienne earned her B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design and M.B.A. from the University of Dayton.
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Maggie Frye
Maggie Frye is an experienced organizational development practitioner, specializing in leadership development and talent management – including servant leadership, employee engagement and performance management. Previously, Maggie served as Global Communication & Talent Development Manager at Hobsons, an education technology provider. Through her work with Hobsons, she supported a global workforce in the US, UK and Asia Pacific. Maggie is a graduate of United Way’s Board Orientation and Leadership Development Program and the SOAR Women’s Leadership Program. She serves on the Board of SHRM’s Cincinnati affiliate chapter (GCHRA). Maggie’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s in Strategic Organizational and Corporate Communication from the University of Southern California.
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Wendy Roop
Wendy Roop is an organizational development professional and leadership coach with over 18 years of experience in facilitating transformational change through coaching individuals and facilitating group sessions in organizations. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and focuses on the empowerment and strategy of how others can grow both personally and professionally through self-awareness. Wendy has worked in multiple types of industries with experience in Human Resource Management, and Organizational/People Development, and uses tools such as Energy Leadership, MBTI, Strengths Finders, and Predictive Index.
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Liz Miller
Liz Miller is the Program Manager of the Supervisory Leadership Certificate & Women Lead Programs at the University of Dayton Center for Leadership. She has been developing leaders since before she graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Wilmington College. For the first few years of her career she coordinated and managed leadership development programs for companies in Cincinnati such as Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati Children's, and the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce through her work with Venture Out at Camp Joy. She is working on getting her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. She is passionate about helping people build relationships and skills that will further their leadership skills to help build the Dayton Community.
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Valarie Willis
Valarie Willis of Valarie Willis Consulting is an accomplished speaker, facilitator, consultant, and executive coach focused in the area of leadership, team building, innovation, customer experience, and change. Valarie has worked with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, associations, as well as non-profit organizations. She is one of the original Certified Master Facilitators for The Leadership Challenge. ™and the Leadership Practices Inventory™ (LPI) assessment. Her belief is that each individual can achieve their fullest potential given the tools and opportunity. Throughout her 20 plus year work history, Valarie has assumed critical management, leadership, and consulting roles of significant scope. She has years of business experience in the areas of leadership, sales, customer service, information technology, and talent development.
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Rebecca Victor
As a leadership and personal development coach and speaker, Rebecca empowers women to transform themselves and their lives by embracing greater self-awareness, confidence and freedom. Helping them to combine the power of both heart and mind, she teaches them ways to lead and live in integrity and joy with their life’s purpose and passion. Rebecca has over 20 years of experience coaching individuals and groups. She is also an experienced course developer, trainer and group facilitator for both online and in-person platforms.
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Donnie Hutchinson
Donnie Hutchinson P.H.D. is a professor at University of Dayton, work-life balance coach, author and international speaker. Donnie is a best-selling author with his book “Lead with Balance: How to manage Work-Life Balance in an Imbalanced Culture.” He co-authored “Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Workplace: Aligning Initiatives with Strategic Business Goals.” He mostly likes working with leaders and employees on discovering and acknowledging what and who are most important in their lives through hands-on reflection exercises. He teaches his students who to use their life’s priorities as a roadmap to a balanced life. He then helps put this knowledge into action by guiding participants on developing a personal work-life balance improvement plan. Donnie, his wife Marlene, and two of his six children live in Dayton, OH while the others are attending college and serving in the U.S. Army.
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Alisa Livesay
Alisa Livesay serves as a lecturer for at the University of Dayton. In her position, she has taught courses in the Economics and Finance and Accounting Departments. Alisa assembled extensive experience as an entrepreneur, corporate consultant, and public accounting consultant. Before launching her consulting practice, Alisa worked thirteen years in the public accounting and corporate arenas. Her career began in public accounting, where she worked for over seven years at two of the “Big” firms, Price Waterhouse LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP. During this time, 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 presented seminars on these financial planning topics as well as provided individualized comprehensive financial counseling services to her clients. Alisa has also served as the Senior Director of Wealth Management and Business Advisory with Dean Financial Services, a boutique financial services firm. Her responsibilities have included providing comprehensive financial advisory services and income tax consultation for individuals and small businesses.
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Laura Toomb, MSC
Laura brings more than 20 years of sales, teaching and presenting experience to this program. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she majored in Communication. Upon graduation, she went to work in sales and sales management for Lexis-Nexis in Chicago and New York City. While in Chicago, she received her masters from Northwestern University with an emphasis in public speaking. During her time at Lexis, Laura was chosen along with four of her peers to travel all over the country training sales teams on customer service initiatives. For the last ten years, she has been a professor both at Sinclair Community College and currently at the University of Dayton teaching public speaking, interviewing and business communication courses. Laura has a passion for public speaking and connecting with the audience. She has facilitated numerous presentation skills courses for local and national companies.
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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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Bridget Flaherty
Bridget Flaherty is an award-winning storyteller. She is also a certified data management professional with an extensive background in business process improvement and information technology leadership. This odd combination makes her uniquely qualified to teach storytelling for business.
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Deb Easton
Deborah Easton has been a communications coach for 30 years, and provides audiences with practical and effective advice for communicating with colleagues, customers and direct reports. Her techniques for one-to-one interactions and group communications provide participants with practical strategies for handling difficult exchanges. Easton adapts every program to the needs of unique organizational cultures and the individual learner. She has provided a broad range of communications skills programs for organizations such as NASA Glenn Research Center, The MetroHealth System, Automated Packaging Systems, Cleveland Clinic, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, National Interstate Insurance Verso Corporation and L’Oreal USA, among many others. Her most requested training topics include Interpersonal Communication Skills, Coaching Soft Skills Competencies, Communicating Performance Expectations Effectively, Coaching Accountability, Effective Listening, Dealing With Difficult Behaviors, Professional Customer Service Communication Skills and Communication Strategies for Generations Working Together.
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Jessica Morrin
Jessica is a speaker, facilitator, and consultant specializing in Talent Development. Her experience ranges from large-scale presentations to team building sessions to one-on-one career coaching. Certified in Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Fierce Conversations, CoachU, and many others. Her favorite topics include Communication & Feedback, Change Management, and Emotional Intelligence. When not facilitating she enjoys giving back to the Dayton community and is an active member of the Patterson Park Civic Association in which she resides, and is on the development committee for the Organizational Effectiveness Lecture Series at Wright State University. In her spare time, you can find her walking her two Scottish Terriers or baking something sweet!
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