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About Mark Light

You have become, hands down, one of my most valuable resources.
William Hardy
, Chief Executive Officer, AIDS Resource Center Ohio

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Leading nonprofits is hard work. A CompassPoint study found this in a median executive-director tenure of four years or fewer and the 65 percent who are “once-is-enough” first-timers in the job. According to the study, executive directors “enjoy their jobs as a means of addressing important community needs (mission) but don’t want to do it again because of the high stress involved (burnout).”


Though many experts bemoan the state of the field, there is much to celebrate when it comes to leading nonprofits. The CompassPoint study found that most executives take the job because of the “mission of their agencies as well as their own desire to help others and to give back to their communities.” Furthermore, almost all experience a high level of enjoyment in their work. Executive directors are not alone. In his study of 1,140 nonprofit employees, Paul Light found that nonprofit employees are “highly motivated, hard working, and deeply committed [and are] motivated primarily by the chance to accomplish something worthwhile.”


Mark provides highly personalized coaching services to help leaders navigate the complexities of their important work. Mark has successfully completed the Center for Creative Leadership programs in Coaching for Greater Effectiveness and Leadership for Development, and he is certified to use all of the Center's assessments. He is also an experienced DiSC® facilitator of its programs. He is on track for certification later this year from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and the International Coach Federation. The Institute for Excellence in Coaching has certified Mark as an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP).

Charles Handy writes, “In our hearts, we would all like to find a purpose bigger than ourselves because that will raise us to heights that we had not dreamed of.” Where better to find it than the nonprofit sector? And where better than First Light to find executive coaching services that comes from a "been there - got the t-shirt" seasoned executive and coach? Whether you're at the top, emerging on your way, a rising star or wounded angel, First Light's executive coaching services can help you to live your best life.


Great results, personable, expert.
Nora Vondrell, Executive Director, SICSA Dayton

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