MONTHLY ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST
The Association for Conflict Resolution
of Greater New York
The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College
Coffee and networking 8:00 AM.
Program begins promptly at 8:30 AM.
THE BIGGER TABLE: Sometimes More Than Two People Fight
Mediating and Facilitating Multi-Party Disputes Successfully
EILEEN B. HOFFMAN
- When you face a multi-party or large group meeting, what skill do you think would be most helpful?
- When facilitating or mediating with a group, what would be your worst nightmare?
Commissioner/Professor Hoffman will describe her experiences mediating and facilitating large complex regulatory and other disputes with equally complicated disputants in the United States as well as dealing with cultural, religious, and generational issues when mediating/teaching and training abroad. She will compare and contrast simple vs. complex processes and provide insights into how to manage the more intricate, technical, and mega-disputes while being mindful that in the end, all or most of the participants must agree. To do this, she will provide an interactive presentation, complete with questions and answers, exercises, videos, and discussion.
EILEEN B. HOFFMAN is a Commissioner at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and currently Acting Director of FMCS’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and International Services in Washington, D.C. She mediates workplace disputes, discrimination complaints and collective bargaining labor disputes in the US. She has trained, designed and assessed dispute resolution/mediation services and programs for mediators, labor, management, and government officials, members of international and nongovernmental organizations focusing on interest-based problem solving negotiations and communications in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. She has been widely recognized for her distinguished career, served on many Boards and as Past President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. A graduate of the ILR school at Cornell University, she has a law degree from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. She has been teaching dispute resolution at George Washington University as an Adjunct Law Professor for the last 20 years. Eileen grew up in Bayside, Queens and went to New York City public schools.