2020 Conflict Resolution and Mediation Conference - Mediation Training Institute (MTI) at Eckerd College

Elevate the Conversation

We are excited to announce two of our conference keynotes!

Amanda Ripley, Investigative Journalist and Best Selling Author

Amanda Ripley

Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for The Atlantic and other magazines. Her work explores the mysteries of human behavior and what makes conflict so magnetic. She is the author of a New York Times bestseller and a frequent guest on several international news programs.

Learn More about Amanda’s Keynote

David S. Leong - Speaker - Conflict Resolution and Mediation Conference

David S. Leong

David is the only person in the United States who is a certified conflict resolution trainer and a certified Broadway fight master. His work has been seen in more than 20 Broadway and London West End plays and musicals and over 300 productions around the globe.

Learn more about David’s Keynote

Registration is open through December 15, 2019.

MTI Presents
17th Annual Conflict Resolution and Mediation Conference

We hope you can join us at the 17th Annual Conflict Resolution and Mediation Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 14–16, 2020!

The focus of this year’s conference is on how to “Elevate the Conversation” in the workplace. As always, this conference brings together conflict resolution professionals from various industries to learn and exchange ideas with one another.

The concept of “Elevate the Conversation” is a key element of the Mediation Training Institute’s (MTI) conflict resolution model, and each of the scales of the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP) highlight the constructive and destructive behaviors that affect the outcome of our conversations.

The conference will center around the following topics:

  • Coaching others to become more effective leaders through improved conversations;
  • Tactics for training individuals to handle conflict through healthier conversations;
  • Tools and techniques for turning negative conversations into positive ones;
  • The emotional and physical aspects of conflict conversations; and
  • Strategies to keep conversations on track as a mediator.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

PRE-CONFERENCE CERTIFICATION WORKSHOPS: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP) Certification Workshop

The CDP focuses specifically on workplace conflict and addresses constructive and destructive behaviors that help resolve or escalate conflict. Following this workshop and upon completing a post-workshop feedback session with a CDP Trainer, attendees will be fully certified to use the CDP.

Learn more about the CDP Certification Workshop

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Lunch

Lunch is provided for attendees of either the CDP morning session or the EMP afternoon session.

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile (EMP) Certification Workshop

The EMP is a cutting-edge assessment tool based on extensive research into the traits, motivations and skills of entrepreneurs. Available in individual and group formats, the EMP can help leaders, individual contributors and intact teams assess the degree to which they are utilizing an “entrepreneurial mindset.” Following this workshop and one follow-up phone call, attendees will be fully certified to use the EMP.

Learn more about the EMP Certification Workshop

CONFERENCE KICK-OFF: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. | Arrival & Breakfast

Registration check-in and breakfast on the Eckerd campus.

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions


Terry Marschall has been active as a mediator of workplace conflict for more than three decades. In her capacity as a certified mediator and as a master trainer for Mediation Training Institute, she has guided hundreds of people in resolving their differences in the workplace, creating collaborative and productive environments, and preserving the employer’s bottom line. Terry’s success in resolving conflict flows
from a deep understanding of the complexity and dynamics of workplace relationships and their impact on the organization as a whole.

Ms. Marschall has held numerous corporate and regional positions with top companies such as the Target Corporation, Woodward & Lothrop/John Wanamaker, Mervyns and the May Company. She held positions as a Divisional Vice President, Regional Human Resources Manager and Stores Director in these Fortune 500 companies.

Terry is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Terry holds dual Bachelors’ Degrees in Business Administration and Fashion/Textile Design, with post-graduate studies in Human Resource Development.

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Keynote Presentation

Conflict, whether political or personal, can escalate and become toxic. At this level, known as “high conflict,” we start sorting the world into good and evil, us and them. Things become suddenly very clear. Our brains behave differently. We tend to exaggerate the differences between ourselves and the other political party or racial or religious group (or sibling or co-worker), without realizing we are doing it. We believe the other side cannot change, even when it can. We lose valuable skills. It’s impossible to feel curious, for example, while also feeling threatened. To try to understand how to communicate in times of discord and division, Amanda spent a year following people who navigate conflict in different ways–including psychologists, rabbis, peace negotiators, and conflict mediators from all over the world. She discovered that it is possible to revive complexity and curiosity, even in high conflict. But the traditional methods of explaining, arguing or avoidance will not work. Drawing on stories of people in all kinds of conflict, as well as research into human behavior, Amanda has developed specific rules of engagement for high conflict including smarter questions to ask any opponent, better ways to share information that people don’t want to hear, and conversational tactics to excavate deeper, more interesting truths. This work is surprising and ultimately hopeful, and it has transformed how Amanda operates as a journalist. Her major book on this theme will be published in 2021.


Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for The Atlantic and other magazines. She is the author, most recently, of The Smartest Kids in the World–and How They Got That Way, a New York Times bestseller. Her first book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes–and Why, was published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary.

In her books and magazine writing, Amanda explores the mysteries of human behavior using science and storytelling. What makes conflict so magnetic, whether it’s personal or political, and how do some people manage to break free of its grasp? How does the brain learn–and how does that compare to what children do in school all day? For Time Magazine and The Atlantic, she has written cover stories on the college of the future, the politics of education reform and the science of motivating children. She has visited schools on four continents and interviewed hundreds of students, teachers and parents. She is currently working on a major book about human behavior in conflicts of all kinds. By telling stories that people remember, Amanda brings life to complex research that can change the way we think about the world.

The Smartest Kids in the World was cited as one of the most notable books of the year by the New York Times, the Economist, the Washington Post and Amazon.com. Amanda’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Politico, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, and the Times of London. Her work has helped Time win two National Magazine Awards. To discuss her writing, Amanda has appeared on ABC, NBC, CNN, FOX News and NPR. She has spoken at the Pentagon, the Senate, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as conferences on leadership, public policy and education.

Before joining Time as a staff writer in 2000, Amanda covered the D.C. courts for Washington City Paper and Capitol Hill for Congressional Quarterly. She graduated from Cornell University. Amanda currently lives in Washington, D.C., where she is a Senior Fellow at the Emerson Collective.

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Session Leader: Mark Rosenberg, Managing Director, BalanceCurve
Executive & Team Coach, Facilitator, Conflict Management Consultant & Mediator

Session Details: Session information to be provided shortly.

Session Leader: Gregory Broberg, Ph.D., Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation

Session Details: Session information to be provided shortly.

Session Leaders: Dan Dana, Founder of the Mediation Training Institute (MTI) and Terry Marschall, Terry Marschall, Senior Faculty Consultant, Mediation Training Institute (MTI)

Session Details: Session information to be provided shortly.

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Lunch

Lunch on the Eckerd campus.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Keynote Presentation

Imagine you have three weeks to build a harmonious team with people who are polar opposites and don’t know each other. What if their ages range from 23 – 73, and some people make a weekly salary 50 times that of another? And, to top it off, most of them have been hired without the requisite skills? In this keynote address, Broadway Fight Master David S. Leong shares how he choreographs consent, collaboration, and trust while using conflict resolution skills to guide this team to victory. Attendees will learn how to build trust without talking, how to create a common language, how to start with a story, and how to push and pull without punching.

David is the only person in the United States who is a certified conflict resolution trainer and a certified Broadway fight master. His work has been seen in more than 20 Broadway and London West End plays and musicals and over 300 productions around the globe. Thus far, he has successfully kept a long list of notable stars like Sam Rockwell, Don Cheadle, Christopher Plummer and Sigourney Weaver from turning their stage conflicts into real fights!

As a certified mediator and conflict resolution trainer and coach, David speaks on a wide range of subjects and conducts workshops on conflict resolution, leadership presence and business communication. His book Real-World Public Speaking: Great Presentations as Theatre is widely used by college students throughout the United States. He also served on the faculties at The Juilliard School, Brandeis University and Virginia Commonwealth University where he was chair and director. David earned his conflict resolution certification from Cornell University and MTI.

2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Session Leader: Robin Fernandez, PCC, NCC
Leadership & Communications Coach/Trainer
Nature of Being

Session Details: Developing Emotional Agility – The Impact of Emotions on Conversation Outcomes

Elevate your conversations through awareness in how emotional states and body attitudes influence what is possible in conversations and
communication. In this experiential session, participants will engage in interactive conversation, somatic (body) practices, and acting exercises to
develop their emotional agility and to shift who they are “being” to positively impact desired outcomes in conversations.

Topics Include:

  • Ontological* Coaching Models to Evoke Emotional Wisdom
  • Review of Survival Instinct & Awareness of Personal Biases
  • Emotions and Centering

Experiential Exercises:

  • Emotions and Returning to Center
  • Influence of Various Emotions on Conversations (exercise will be in the context of coaching);
  • Somatic Practice – Shifting Conflict

* Ontology is the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or nature of being.

Session Leader: Margaret Cooley, Director of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at Eckerd College

Session Details: Step Up to Conflict

More details about this session to be provided shortly.

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4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | General Session

Session Leader:
Matt Dreger, Executive Director of Marketing, Eckerd College, Executive and Continuing Education
Lee Jones, Owner, DragonFly Research Group

Session Overview: Matt and Lee will providing a working demonstration of the new platform developed by Eckerd College for practitioners to manage certification, programs, orders and marketing and training resources.

5:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Day One Wrap-up

5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. | Networking and Social

CONFERENCE DAY 2: Thursday, January 16, 2020

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. | Arrival & Breakfast

Breakfast on the Eckerd campus.

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Morning Announcements

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Plenary Session

More about this session to be provided shortly.

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Session Leader: Karen Gulliford, Chief Learning Officer/Owner, Great Workplaces, LLC
Coach, Leadership Development Expert, OD Consultant; HR Senior Leader

Session Details: Be a Strategic Business Partner: Don’t Apply Band-Aids on Your Client’s Problems

More details about this session to be provided shortly.

Session Leader: Dr. Kim Faircloth, PhD, ICF-ACC, SHRM-SCP, SPHR), Owner, Integrative Conflict Solutions, LLC

Session Details: I Can and I Will

One, of many, important goals for conflict coaches/teachers is to help others develop the competence (the skills) and confidence to act.  It’s a reality though that sometimes, despite our best skills-building and coaching efforts, our customers don't put those new skills to work in order to create the change they desire.  In this presentation (and discussion!), we will explore what keeps us parked sometimes–engine on, desired destination in front of us, knowing what to do, but not moving forward.  How can we help our conflict customers put their foot on the gas?

Session Leaders: Session information to be provided shortly.

Session Details: Session information to be provided shortly.

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Lunch

Lunch on the Eckerd campus.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Plenary Session

More information on this session to be provided shortly.

2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

More information on this session to be provided shortly.

More information on this session to be provided shortly.

More information on this session to be provided shortly.

4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | General Session

Session Leader: Dorie Michalik, Director of Business Development,  Mediation Training Institute (MTI) at Eckerd College

Session Details: TBD

5:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Program Conclusion

Session Leader: Terry Marschall, Senior Faculty Consultant for the Mediation Training Institute (MTI) at Eckerd College

WHY ATTEND

Role-Based Breakout Sessions

The 2020 conference has been enhanced with customized breakout sessions specifically tailored for coaches, trainers and mediators.

Engage with Leaders in the Field of Conflict Management

We are pleased to bring together world-renowned leaders in the conflict management field so that you can meet and network with the best of the best.

Key Topics

We have a broad and varied agenda this year including:

– Trends in Conflict Management and Mediation
– Effective Implementation of Organizational Conflict Management
– How To Leverage Your Certification and Training
– Role-Based Breakout Sessions
– Professional Skill Development
– Business and Marketing Best Practices

PRICING and REGISTRATION

Conference Registration: January 15–16, 2020

Standard Registration

Through December 15, 2019

$300/per person

LATE

After December 15, 2019

$350/per person

+ Additional Pre-Conference Certifications: January 14, 2020

CDP Certification

January 14 (1/2-Day): 8 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

$450 Per Person (Standard is $995)

EMP Certification

January 14 (1/2-Day): 1 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

$450 Per Person (Standard is $750)*

More Information on EMP Certification

*Additional discounts offered to Educators for EMP Certification. Please contact us at mti@eckerd.edu or 888-359-9906 for more information.

$800 if registering for both the CDP and EMP pre-conference certifications.

SPECIAL KEYNOTES and SPEAKERS

Additional speakers to be added shortly!

Terry Marschall, Senior Faculty Consultant, Mediation Training Institute (MTI)
Terry Marschall, Senior Faculty Consultant, Mediation Training Institute (MTI)
Dan Dana, Founder of the Mediation Training Institute (MTI) and MTI Board Member
Dan Dana, Founder of the Mediation Training Institute (MTI) and MTI Board Member
Margaret Cooley, Director of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at Eckerd College
Margaret Cooley, Director of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at Eckerd College
Kelly Kirschner, Vice President and Dean, Division of Executive & Continuing Education, Eckerd College
Kelly Kirschner, Vice President and Dean, Division of Executive & Continuing Education, Eckerd College
Amanda Ripley, Investigative Journalist and Best Selling Author
Amanda Ripley, Investigative Journalist and Best Selling Author
David S. Leong - Speaker - Conflict Resolution and Mediation Conference
David S. Leong, Certified Conflict Resolution Trainer and Certified Broadway Fight Master
Will Luera, Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, 2019 Conference Speaker
Will Luera, Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre
Robin Fernandez - Speaker - MTI Conflict Resolution and Mediation Conference
Robin Fernandez, PCC, NCC, Certified Coach/Corporate Trainer/Facilitator
Kim Faircloth, PhD, ICF-ACC, SHRM-SCP, SPHR - Speaker - Conflict Resolution and Mediation Conference
Kim Faircloth, PhD, ICF-ACC, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Mark Rosenberg, Speaker, Conflict Resolution and Mediation Conference
Mark Rosenberg, Executive & Team Coach, Facilitator, Conflict Management Consultant & Mediator
Gregory Broberg, Ph.D. – Arizona State University, State University School of Social Transformation
Gregory Broberg, Ph.D. – Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation

NETWORKING and SOCIAL EVENTS

In addition to the conference being a great place to learn, we also provide time for you to network with your peers and enjoy St. Petersburg, FL, nicknamed the Sunshine City. The conference will host a networking/social event the first evening on the Eckerd College campus.  In addition, you will have opportunities to meet up on your own with fellow attendees at St. Pete’s numerous restaurants and shops.

LOCATION

The Conference will take place on Eckerd College’s waterfront campus, home to the Mediation Training Institute and Leadership Development Institute, a Network Associate of the Center for Creative Leadership. Conference events will be hosted in various conference centers and meeting rooms located throughout the campus.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg

  • 6.6 miles from campus

25 2nd Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

We have arranged a special conference rate at the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg for program participants. Due to St. Petersburg being a very popular tourist destination (January–May), you are urged to make your hotel reservations at the time of your conference registration.

To get the Eckerd College rate, use this reservation link or enter Corporate Group Code 100252 when making reservations online.

Guests may also call 1-800-993-4751 and request the corporate rate for Eckerd College.

REGISTER

Attend the 2020 Conference!

Review the Refund and Transfer & Substitution Policy for the Mediation Training Institute.

If you have a colleague who would benefit from attending the conference and needs to get certified in one or both of the assessments, please invite them to attend.

Conference Coordination:

For any questions on the Conference, please contact us at any time at mti@eckerd.edu or 888-359-9906.