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MWI Mediator Roundtables

MWI Mediator Roundtables bring mediators and other practitioners together to discuss new ideas and strengthen their ADR skills. A variety of Roundtables throughout the year to provide participants with opportunities to hear from top-notch presenters and interact with colleagues. MWI Roundtables are free for all active MWI mediators. For those who are not active MWI mediators, we welcome you to attend up to two free Roundtables per calendar year, and after those two free events, the fee for attendance is $50 per Roundtable.

RSVP is required by registering here. Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.


Location

MWI
10 Liberty Square – 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Note that all MWI Roundtables start with social meeting time for 30 minutes followed by the featured program.


Calendar (click a date below for more information)


 

March 15, 2017 – “Reducing Co-Parenting Conflict Through Mediation”

Social Time – 5:30PM – 6:00PM
Presentation – 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Presenter – Ben Stich

People often think of family mediation as a practice reserved primarily for the benefit of divorcing couples. The tools that make divorce mediation effective have also been shown to serve co-parents exceptionally well. Raising children in two households presents many challenges, and the approach parents take can have a profound impact on their children’s development. The single most important factor that leads to better or worse outcomes for children of parents who are separated or divorced is the level of exposure to parental conflict. Join Ben Stich in a conversation about the ways in which mediation can reduce parental conflict by improving co-parenting civility, communication and decision-making. Ben will share his experiences (successes and not-so-much) working with parents in mediation. Ben will also draw upon his experience as an instructor for the only High Conflict Parent Education Program in Massachusetts, held at Williams James College. Ben is a mediator and social worker with a family and divorce mediation practice in Natick, Newton and Walpole and also facilitates MWI’s court approved parent education programs for couples in Massachusetts.


April 11, 2017 – “Strategies for Managing Strong Emotions in Mediation”

Social Time – 11:00AM – 11:30AM
Presentation – 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Presenter – Audrey Lee

Are you torn when you hear people advise to “keep the emotions out” of mediations, but admittedly concerned that working with them will be too challenging? Join Audrey Lee to discuss strategies for managing strong emotions in mediation. Whether you mediate small claims, workplace, family or commercial disputes, knowing how to manage the parties’ (and counsels’) emotions can be an effective skill. This hands-on Roundtable will utilize interactive presentations and practice opportunities, specifically focusing on the Core Concerns framework to identify and manage emotional interests in mediation. Audrey is a member of MWI’s Workplace and Employment Panel, co-leads MWI’s Forty-Hour Mediation Training and is Senior Mediator and Institute Executive Director at Boston Law Collaborative.

 


June 6, 2017 – “Paving the Way for Smooth Negotiations”

Social Time – 12:00PM – 12:30PM
Presentation – 12:30PM – 2:30PM
Presenter – Matt Thompson

We all know about interest-based negotiations and getting  parties to identify their needs. But there may be times when one or more of the parties involved are so emotionally driven that even they don’t know how to define a need, one which could potentially bring about a settlement. In those cases, the parties may need help in identifying what their true driver is and how to translate that into the expression of a tangible, satisfactory outcome. Madison “Matt” Thompson has worked for over 30 years in the areas of conflict resolution, diversity, and cross-cultural competency. He has worked with higher education institutions, major teaching hospitals, large regional banking institutions, as well as community non- profit agencies. At this Roundtable discussion, Matt and other attendees will take a look at the “Head, Heart, and Street” and will discuss ways to identify where the parties’ true driver is before our dialogue with them turns to option generation and taking action.


July 11, 2017 – “Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth & Power”

Social Time – 5:30PM – 6:00PM
Presentation – 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Presenter – Blair Trippe

Why are conflicts in family business so common, and often so extreme and intractable? Why do conventional dispute resolution approaches often fail and sometimes increase conflict? Family business conflicts are distinct from civil disputes. They can be described as identity-based and systemic, with the additional complication that continuing relationships matter and must be considered throughout the conflict management process. It is therefore essential that advisors to families who own and manage assets together acquire the insight and methodologies that can address this core competency, as the ability to manage this particular type of conflict is the most important challenge that family business stakeholders and their advisors need to understand. Blair Trippe, managing partner at Continuity Family Business Consulting, is an experienced negotiator, mediator, and family business consultant. She recently co-authored Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power. Join her for this Roundtable discussion, which will address the triggers for conflict that inhibit people from making important and timely decisions, as well as how to approach both active conflict (when families fight) and passive conflict (when families get stuck).

 


Register

To register for an MWI Mediator Roundtable, please complete the form below, indicating the date and name of the Roundtable you wish to enroll in. Marcus Stergio, Mediator and Manager of Commercial and Corporate Programs, will be in touch within two business days to confirm your registration.


For More Information

For more information about MWI’s Roundtables, please email Marcus Stergio at mstergio@mwi.org or call 617-895-4029 with questions.