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 a trusted leadership coach, master teacher, and street-smart writer. He 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 with 25,000 subscribers, income of $21.3 million, and three new venues. A decade-long Tony Awards voter, he won The Broadway League's first-ever Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management.


Mark is a trusted leadership coach who partners with nonprofit leaders at all levels to bring their future within reach. He is 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. He was also consistently the highest-rated full teaching professor at DePaul University's School of Public Service.


Mark is a street-smart writer with three published books: Results Now, The Strategic Board, and Executive Committee. The Nonprofit Quarterly is home to his Dr. Conflict and You First: Leadership for a New World columns. 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.
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