About Mark

His experience in nonprofit leadership and consulting

brought exceptional value to the team.

Michael Henderson, Executive Director, Project VIDA (testimonial)

Mark Light is President of First Light Group with a mission to put your future within reach. He is a trusted leadership coach who empowers others to do good great, a master teacher known for contagious enthusiasm and actionable learning, and a street-smart writer. His leadership experience includes 15 blockbuster seasons transforming a small Ohio theatre into a top-30 performing 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). Mark holds a BFA from Drake University, an MBA from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Antioch University Graduate Program in Leadership and Change.

As a trusted leadership coach, Mark empowers leaders to go for great. He is an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach, an iPEC Certified Professional Coach, and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. He is certified to use all of the Center for Creative Leadership's assessments and he is a graduate of its Coaching for Greater Effectiveness and Leadership Development programs. 

Mark is a master teacher whose classroom is anywhere 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 Board Member magazine, the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Journal, and he writes for the Nonprofit Quarterly, which is home to his 32 Dr. Conflict and You First columns.

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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