For 30+ years, managing my clients’ conflicts has been my career and I still love the work. I started with a masters degree in environmental Dispute Resolution, (let’s get this resolved). From there, I moved to Conflict Management, (let’s be more conflict competent now and the future). For my doctorate, I studied Conflict Analysis, (let’s ask better questions about the heart of conflict, analyze earlier, and delve deeper). It’s been an evolution. Writing about conflict, especially conflict analysis, is my ninth career. Fortunately, I enjoy change and learning.
I’ve convened thousands of processes that expand conflict management in innovative ways, locally and internationally, have taught conflict studies at universities and privately, and trained Boards of Directors in effective governance.
Being conflict competent helped me get through breast cancer, double mastectomy, chemo and radiation. (The double mastectomy was done twice – is that a quadruple?) I’m active as a writer, researcher, trainer, coach, and keynote speaker. In my volunteer time, I’ve served on the Boards of Directors of numerous environmental and peace organizations, and donate my services to lots of nonprofit agencies.