2020 IAM Fall Virtual Conference Program

A TIME FOR REFLECTION AND CONVERSATION

In a climate of immense societal change, what role, if any, should mediators play when resolving conflicts with competing views of societal norms? What are the techniques and practical skills that will assist us and challenge us to provide a more culturally sensitive and bias-aware mediation process?  When we face these issues as mediators, how have changes in commerce, technology, and interpersonal relations affected confidentiality as a cornerstone of mediation?

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Friday, October 16, 2020

11:00 am – 11:10 am       Welcome

11:10 am – 12:20 pm     Implicit Bias: Moving Beyond Awareness to Knowledge and Skills with Nina Meierding, IAM Honorary Fellow

In these unsettled times, issues of race and ethnicity are at the forefront of many conversations throughout the world. Recognizing and understanding our implicit and unconscious biases are only the first steps towards effectuating change in both our personal and professional lives.   In this hour, we will explore specific techniques and practical skills that will both assist us and challenge us to provide a more culturally sensitive, bias-aware mediation process.

12:20 pm – 12:35 pm     Break

12:35 pm – 1:45 pm   Confidentiality: Myth, Illusion or Endangered Species? with Distinguished Fellows, Michel Kallipetis, Birgit Sambeth Glasner, Jeff Kichaven, Mercedes Tarrazon, & William Wood

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the discussions we have as mediators. The scope of confidentiality is constantly being challenged by developments in commerce, technology, and the way people relate to each other. IAM President-Elect Michel Kallipetis will lead a discussion with Distinguished Fellows from around the world exploring the changing ambit of this foundation of our profession.

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm      IAM Recognition of New Members and Dedication to Conference Issues

2:00 pm – 2:10 pm     Break

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm     KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Critical Now of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in International Alternative Dispute Resolution with Paulette Brown, former President of the American Bar Association,  Partner at Locke Lord LLP, and a recognized renowned speaker and educator on efforts related to diversity and inclusion.

Why should we give enhanced thought this issue now?  What is the impact of not giving the lack of diversity and inclusion in International ADR immediate attention? Ms. Brown will discuss how without the lived experiences of a wide range of people, of different races and cultures, the likelihood of achieving the optimal result is minimized.  Considering the long-term effects of having homogenous viewpoints, she will explore how an understanding of all of the tools and resources available can achieve the best decisions.

3:10 pm – 3:25 pm     Break

3:25 pm – 4:55 pm    The Perennial Dilemma:  Pericles or the Plumber? with Lela Porter Love, IAM Scholar in Residence and Distinguished Fellows Bill Marsh and William Wood

Given the current climate of immense societal change, what role, if any, should mediators play when resolving conflicts with competing views of societal norms? Are we just deal-makers or do we have a role to play in societal change?

4:55 pm     Conference Ends


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