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 President and founder of First Light Group with a mission to bring your future within reach. His leadership experience includes 15 seasons transforming a small Midwest theatre into a top-30 arts center by making the customer the star of the show. A decade-long Tony Awards voter, he won The Broadway League's first-ever Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management.


At First Light, Mark is a trusted leadership coach who partners with nonprofit leaders at all levels to do good great. He holds certifications from the International Coach Federation, the Institute for Excellence in Coaching, and the Center for Creative Leadership. He is also a master teacher known for his contagious enthusiasm and actionable learning. His work at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management earned him the Mandel Center Teaching Award and he was consistently the highest-rated professor at DePaul University's School of Public Service during his six-year tenure.


Mark is a street-smart writer with three published books and the Dr. Conflict and You First columns at the Nonprofit Quarterly. 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.


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

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