Join us at this year’s Fall Conference for a line-up of three plenaries that are sure to get you thinking and inspired, including:
Keynote Address with Cherly Jamison: Recognizing and Facing the Mediation Challenges of Today
As mediators and conflict resolution practitioners we are called upon to head straight into the eye of storm and stand firm while conflict swirls around us. With no applause and little fanfare, we assist individuals through some of their most difficult and painful moments. Join me in celebrating the work and the passion to do it.
“Cheryl is passionate and committed to the field and of individuals engaged in ADR.” Sunny E. Sassaman, Immediate Past President, Association for Conflict Resolution
“Cheryl can really get a room full of people to sit up and listen. Her vast mediation experience informs her expertise on issues facing mediation in the country today. She is an eloquent speaker who can fire up a room and leave the audience plenty to think about.” Mary N. Miller, OMA member and past board member of ACR.
Cheryl is known to be an effective and rousing speaker, drawing on her long and varied experience in mediation and conflict resolution. She is a past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and currently serves as its Executive Director. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence for the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office for 10 years. She also mediated with Baltimore City’s lower level trial court, for community mediation centers, for the Maryland Shared Neutrals Program, and for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.
In addition to being a skilled and reflective conflict resolution practitioner, Cheryl is an impactful trainer and educator. She teaches diversity and inclusion as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. She also taught both undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Baltimore and at Anne Arundel Community College for the Legal Studies Program. Cheryl has developed and conducted workshops on a variety of issues including diversity and inclusion, mediation skills, ethics, team building, negotiations, and how to have a productive difficult conversation.
Opening Plenary with Sam Imperati and Devin Howington: Truth Decay…Okay?
Do mediators have an obligation to help parties find the “truth” or should we only help them discover their “truths?” Some of us nudge them toward “facts,” while others facilitate toward a shared understanding, which may or may not be based on “facts.” What should we do?
About Sam and Devin
Sam Imperati, JD is the Executive Director of ICM Resolutions, a Portland-based firm providing mediation, facilitation, decision making, and training to businesses and organizations nationwide. Sam has over 36 years of experience as an attorney including plaintiff and defense work, management and labor issues, and litigation and appeals. Sam is a past recipient of OMA’s Sid Lezak Award for Excellence.
Devin Howington, PhD is an ADR Associate at ICMresolutions. She has a PhD in Social Psychology and a MS in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon. She has extensive experience in assessing the attitudes and behaviors of individuals, providing key support for facilitation, polling, assessment, and public involvement strategies.
Saturday Luncheon with Donna Silverberg: Resiliency–What It Means for Conflict Resolvers
Donna Silverberg will present information, share stories, and lead an interactive discussion on the topic. Conference attendees will discover why resiliency matters when navigating tough waterways, be introduced to and reminded of tools that can build resiliency, and engage in lively dialogue with others about ways they can build resiliency…alone and together.
Donna Silverberg, JD Donna Silverberg has been a practicing mediator, facilitator, conflict management systems designer, and conflict management coach since 1988 working almost entirely with projects that intersect with legislatures; city councils; tribal, state, and federal officials; and Boards of Directors. She owns DS Consulting, a conflict management and mediation firm in Portland, and she serves as my team’s lead mediator or facilitator on complex, multi-party projects, many of which have public or elected official oversight.
Donna got her BA in Sociology at Lewis and Clark College (1985) and her JD from the University of San Diego’s School of Law (1990). Prior to moving back to Oregon in 1994, she was the Deputy Director of the Center for Municipal Dispute Resolution in San Diego, CA where she focused my mediation work on land-use, housing and ADA issues. Donna has been a member of the Oregon Mediation Association since 1994 (on the board 1998-2005 and 2017, with four years as president), the Association of Conflict Resolution/SPIDR since 1990, the California State Bar since 1991 (inactive member) and was co-founder of the San Diego Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation Practitioners in 1992.