By: Lisa Amato, IAM Distinguished Fellow
Email: lisa@amatomediation.com

The IAM Mentorship Committee began hosting Webinar Wednesdays a few years ago modeled after conference Juntos utilizing the Zoom.com platform.  The webinars have been presentation and discussion based.

In 2019, the Webinar Committee is shaking up the format and there will be two different formats for Webinar Wednesdays.  One month will be a presentation and discussion based webinar.  The next month will be a Professional Development Group (PDG) meeting.  Both formats will alternate each month, typically last one hour, and are usually on the last Wednesday of each month.

We kicked off the 2019 Webinar Wednesday series on January 30, 2019 with a fabulous presentation from Larry Rute and Lela Love who shared their experiences and insights on co-mediating commercial mediations.  In February, the webinar committee will introduce the first Professional Development Group (PDG) meeting.  Facilitated by an IAM Distinguished Fellow or Fellow, the goal of the PDG meeting is to provide an open forum discussion around business and skill development.

The 2019 schedule is below.  We are seeking webinar presenters for the March 27 and July 31 webinars.  You can share your knowledge and experience on any topic of interest!  If you are stumped for ideas, a few current topic suggestions from mentees include:

  • Cross-Cultural Issues that arise in mediation
  • Ethical questions/situations and how a mediator navigates and responds
  • Gift giving/gift receiving – ethics, practicalities, and success as a business development tool

If you are interested in facilitating a PDG Meeting, let us know as well!

2019 Webinar Wednesday Schedule

February 27 at 12:00 noon (ET) Professional Development Group (PDG).  This month PDG is facilitated by Distinguished Fellow Wendy Kramer, IAM’s Mentorship Chair.  The PDG is an open format discussion and sharing of ideas about developing and expanding your commercial mediation practice.  Participants will talk about their business plans, share networking ideas, discuss successes, failures and learning opportunities, and any other topics of interest.

March 27 at 12:00 noon (ET) Webinar Speaker/Presenter needed

April 24 at 12:00 noon (ET) Professional Development Group (PDG)

May 22 at 12:00 noon (ET) Webinar “It’s OK to Make Money and Still Enjoy What You Do” by Jon Fidler

June 26 at 12:00 noon (ET) Professional Development Group (PDG)

July 31 at 12:00 noon (ET) Webinar Speaker/Presenter needed

August 28 at 12:00 noon (ET) Professional Development Group (PDG)

September 25 at 12:00 noon (ET) Webinar “Strategies for Dealing with Difficult People” by Robert Daisley

October 30 at 12:00 noon (ET) Professional Development Group (PDG)

If you wish to present for the March or July webinars or facilitate a PDG Meeting, please contact a member of the webinar committee:  Mentees: Lisa Amato lisa@amatomediation.com, Jorden Ryan jorden@adrmediate.com, and Jennifer Egsgard jegsgard@egsgardmediation.com.

(Most webinars are now being recorded.  If you would like to view a previously recorded webinar, please request a link from Richard Rejino Richard@madcrouch.com or 972.233.9107 x211.)


© 2019 Lisa Amato

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