The Friends of the Wright State University Libraries present WSU Alumna and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
Leadership in Challenging Times
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grab your lunch and join us online!
Tornadoes, a mass shooting, and a pandemic. Dayton has seen its share of challenges over the last two years. Mayor Nan Whaley will discuss the challenges of leading the city of Dayton during these difficult times.
Leaders today face the prospect of working to unite communities in a time when citizens not only have different opinions, but also disagree on basic facts that form the foundation of those opinions. Mayor Whaley will share how leaders navigate challenges in a polarized climate and how she evaluates information to bring community members together. She will also address what role we community members can play as active citizens striving toward shared visions and outcomes for our region.
Following Mayor Whaley’s presentation, Mandy Shannon, Head of Instruction & Research Services will share strategies for fact-checking information, improving news literacy, and being responsible consumers of news and other media.
Nan Whaley is proud to choose Dayton as her home. Originally from Indiana, Nan attended the University of Dayton where she graduated in 1998 and soon settled in the Five Oaks neighborhood where she and her husband Sam reside today. Nan also holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Wright State University.
Her career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government. First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan was the youngest women ever chosen for a commission seat. She was proud to be elected as Dayton’s mayor in 2013 by a double-digit majority. In 2017, she ran for re-election unopposed, a first in Dayton history. As mayor, she has focused on the areas of community development, manufacturing, and women and children.
Nan is a national leader among her peers serving as Vice President for the US Conference of Mayors as well as the Chair of the International Committee for the conference. Nan is also a founding board member for the Ohio’s Mayor Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of Ohio’s 30 largest cities.
Nan has been committed to the political process in local, state and national elections. While in college, she served as Ohio Chair of the College Democrats. She currently serves as Vice President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors. Additionally, she is a five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Registration is required for this free event and must be completed by Monday, April 19, 2021. Luncheon Patron registrations help support the Friends of the Libraries. Thank you for your support.
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