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)

  • January 10, 2018 – “Transgenderism in Divorce and Family Mediation”
  • February 13, 2018 – “Using Nonviolent Communication in Mediation and in Life”
  • March 21, 2018 – “Right or Wrong? A Roundtable Discussion of Mediator Ethics”

January 10, 2018 – “Transgenderism in Divorce and Family Mediation”

Social Time – 3:30PM – 4:00PM
Presentation – 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Presenter – Holly Hitchcock

As our world stumbles toward an “all welcome” place and well-known figures go public as transgendered, mediators will be more likely to see transgender issues arise in divorce and family mediation. No longer kept secret, the nuances of grief, anger, loss and rebirth for all family members become part of the divorce/family conversation. As one wife stated, “it’s like grieving the death of my husband while we are divorcing.” This session will explore the mediator’s role in creating a neutral, trusting mediation environment; understanding the distinct emotional processes of clients and their children; facilitating the core divorce agreements in concert with physical, medical and psychological changes; establishing clear ethical boundaries with clients and outside providers in the legal, advocacy, and therapeutic arenas.


February 13, 2018 – “Using Nonviolent Communication in Mediation and in Life”

Social Time – 5:30PM – 6:00PM
Presentation – 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Presenter – Scott Loring

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg and practiced worldwide, is a communication style that examines the unmet needs behind what we say or do. The process transforms relationships with others and with one’s self. Sometimes referred to as “compassionate communication,” NVC fosters respect, attentiveness and empathy, and engenders a mutual desire to give from the heart. The form is simple, yet powerfully transformative. Using NVC in your mediation practice can help to make mediations less positional and more interest based. The NVC formula uses careful observations to eliminate judgments, providing an effective language of neutrality for mediating a wide range of disputes. Join us to learn more about NVC during a discussion led by mediator, trainer and conflict coach Scott Loring.


March 21, 2018 – “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.



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.