AEA Member Workshops

The American Economic Association Ombuds Team, consisting of Charmhee Kim, Nnena Odim, and Larry Hunt, provides ombuds services and workshops to AEA Members. Ombuds services help members surface and resolve work-related issues. For more information about ombuds services, click here. Workshops are designed to provide information, skill development, and tools relating to conflict management and the ombuds team resource.

Upcoming Workshop

  • April 24, 2024 – 2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET
  • “How to Have a Productive Difficult Conversation at Work?”
    • In this workshop, we will explore strategies and techniques to navigate challenging discussions effectively, fostering a culture of open communication and collaboration. Learn practical approaches to address conflicts constructively, mitigate negative impacts, and create pathways for resolution, allowing you to refocus on your meaningful work. Don’t let difficult conversations hinder progress—empower yourself with the skills to manage them confidently and efficiently.
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  • May 16, 2024 – 4:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET
  • “Conflict Management for Leaders (Chairs, Advisors, Directors, etc.)”
    • Designed specifically for leaders, this session delves into advanced strategies and techniques for effectively navigating and resolving conflicts within the institution. Participants will learn how to foster a culture of open communication, trust, and collaboration while mitigating the negative impacts of conflict on productivity and morale. Gain insights into conflict resolution frameworks, mediation skills, and strategies for promoting constructive dialogue.
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  • June 11, 2024 – Noon ET to 1:00 PM ET
  • “Skillful Collaboration”
    • Collaboration, whether on research, writing, presenting, and beyond, can be fraught with tension and conflict. Individuals bring their own styles, needs, and goals, which, if handled well, can lead to a better work product, but if mishandled, can have devastating results. This workshop will lay out some tools and strategies to use when collaborating with others to align expectations and use the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument to help you understand the best way to engage with others productively.
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Workshop Presenters

Each workshop work will be led by one or more of the following ombuds team members:







The MWI ombuds resource is independent, impartial, informal, and confidential. Communication with an ombuds team member does not constitute formal notice to the American Economic Association.

Learn more about the AEA Ombuds Team Resource here.