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. He is a trusted leadership coach who empowers
others to go for great, a master
teacher known for his contagious enthusiasm and actionable learning, and
a street-smart writer. His leadership experience includes 15
blockbuster seasons transforming a small
Midwest theatre into a top-30 arts center by making the
customer the star. He was a decade-long
Tony Awards voter and received the first-ever Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Presenter Management from The Broadway League
(whose members vote on the Tonys).
As a trusted leadership coach, Mark emplowers others to
go for great. He is an
International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach and
an iPEC Certified Professional Coach. As a graduate of
the Center for Creative Leadership Coaching for
Greater Effectiveness and Leadership for Development
programs, he is certified to use all of the Center's assessments.
Mark is a master teacher whose classroom is anywhere
that leaders attend
his active-learning seminars. He was
consistently the highest rated
full teaching professor at
DePaul University's School of Public Service and an instructor at Case Western Reserve University's
Weatherhead School of Management where he received the
prestigious Mandel Center Teaching Award.
Mark's street-smart writing has led to three
published books: Results Now,
The Strategic Board,
both from Wiley & Sons, and Executive Committee
from BoardSource where he served
for many years on
its Council of Editorial Advisors. He has written for
magazine, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Journal, and the Nonprofit
Quarterly, which is home to his Dr. Conflict
and You First columns.
Mark supports filmmakers as a limited partner
and sometimes associate producer of
Forager Films, which focuses on independent films by such notables as
Joe Swanberg (easy, Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas, and V/H/S) and Alex Ross
Perry (Wake Up Phillip, Queen of Earth, and Golden Exits). He is also a
major contributor to the Easlen Inspirational Film
Festival through his First Light Fund.
holds a BFA from Drake University, an MBA from
UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Antioch University. Click here for
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 -