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.


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)

  • Date TBD – “Right or Wrong? A Roundtable Discussion of Mediator Ethics”
  • April 26, 2018 – “Meet the Mentors: A Preview of MWI’s Mentoring Program”
  • May 9, 2018 – “Mediating with Counsel and Third Party Representatives”
  • June 20, 2018 – “Our Parts as Mediators: Exploring the Internal Family Systems Model”

Date TBD – “Right or Wrong? A Roundtable Discussion of Mediator Ethics”

Social Time – 5:30PM – 6:00PM
Presentation – 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Presenter – David Hoffman

Filmmaker Spike Lee’s admonition – “Do the right thing!” – should be the mediator’s watchword. But how do we know what’s the “right thing”? The principles of mediation ethics were part of our training as mediators, but we seldom have opportunities to discuss the application of those principles in our day-to-day work. David Hoffman, the founding member of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, was a member of the committee that drafted the Massachusetts Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution, including the rules on ethics. Please bring to this Roundtable examples of ethical dilemmas that you have faced in your own mediation work, and we will also hear some of David’s stories about ethical challenges.


April 26, 2018 – “Meet the Mentors: A Preview of MWI’s Mentoring Program”

Social Time – 5:30PM – 6:00PM
Presentation – 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Presenter – Vicky Bennet, Robin DiGiammarino, Deepika Madan


For many of us who follow our basic mediation training by participating in a pro bono court program, common goals are shared. Some of us just want a chance to put our newly acquired skills to use, while others enjoy helping out the court system, and others in that philanthropic frame of mind find satisfaction in making charitable contributions to the community. Bottom line, volunteering your time on court mediations can be gratifying and, in many ways, fascinating experiences. What many new mediators find to be difficult, however, is the prospect of honing your skills without the direct supervision of a highly experienced co-mediator or mentor. For anyone who truly aspires to become a better mediator, the MWI Mentoring Program is a good place to start. Join us on April 26 to “Meet the Mentors” and receive a sample of their coaching through simulated role-play scenarios, while hearing more about what mentoring sessions typically look like. An information session and a skill building workshop all in one!


May 9, 2018 – “Mediating with Counsel and Third Party Representatives”

Social Time – 11:30AM – 12:00PM
Presentation – 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Presenter – Audrey Lee, Elizabeth Marcus

Having the right people attend can be half the battle with facilitating a successful mediation session. But what if the mediator isn’t completely comfortable with all of the attendees? Better yet, how do we elicit interests from the parties when communication is filtered through the mouths of attorneys? These and a handful of additional uncertainties regarding legal counsel can be intimidating to mediators, but the reality is that attorneys and other party representatives can play effective and valuable roles in the mediation. Audrey Lee and Elizabeth Marcus are attorney mediators, Audrey with the Boston Law Collaborative and Elizabeth with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Join the two for an informative session on how to utilize all individuals at the mediation table, including those attorneys and party representatives you may have had trouble with in the past.


June 20, 2018 – “Our Parts as Mediators: Exploring the Internal Family Systems Model”

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Social Time – 12:00PM – 12:30PM
Presentation – 12:30PM – 2:00PM
Presenter – Sally Plone

IFS (Internal Family Systems) is a model of psychotherapy that has been catching fire in the therapy world, and is beginning to make significant contributions in the mediation world as well. The IFS model teaches us to become aware that we all have different “parts” that play different roles in our own internal system – some of which are very useful, some protective, and some very vulnerable. However, as the model suggests, we are not merely a combination of our various parts. Pivotal to IFS is the presence of a “core self”, which can be understood in many different ways (i.e. “higher self”; “wise self”; “inner mediator”). Much like we are trained to listen for interests during basic mediation training, we also listen for “parts” in IFS-informed mediation. We encourage the parties to “speak for” instead of “speak from” these parts, ultimately supporting the expression of a fuller range of emotions within each party, and, thus creating space for compassion and creativity to enter the mediation process. Sally Plone is an MWI mediator and an IFS therapist. She served as program assistant for Dr. Richard Schwartz (IFS Founder) and David Hoffman (Boston Law Collaborative) as part of their Advanced Internal Family Systems Training for Mediators Program. Join Sally for a brief overview of the IFS model and an examination of how it applies to both the mediation process, as well as to our own parts as mediators.



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.