An HR & People Ops Conference to Build
Peace-Oriented Workplaces

October 19-20, 2022. All sessions via Zoom.

The Peaceful Leadership Institute (PLI), a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion and education of Peaceful Leadership, will host its first ever virtual summit on October 19 and 20, 2022 (see full schedule below). The conference will bring together HR and People Operations executives from all over the world to discuss best practices, latest research, and practical tips to build and maintain productive, collaborative peace in workplace cultures.

Email summit@peacefulleadership.org with questions or for more information.

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Speakers, Presenters, & Panelists

Jeremy Pollack, Ph.D.
Jeremy Pollack, Ph.D.
Chairman, Peaceful Leadership Institute |
CEO of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems
Liz Fosslien
Liz Fosslien
Head of Communications and Content at Humu | Author
Carlos Hoyt, Ph.D.
Carlos Hoyt, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Work | Organizational Trainer | Expert on Social Identity
Colin Rule, M.P.P.
Colin Rule, M.P.P.
CEO at Mediate.com | Former Director of Dispute Resolution at PayPal and eBay
Sheena Mason, Ph.D.
Sheena Mason, Ph.D.
President at Theory of Racelessness | Professor at SUNY Oneonta | Author
Paul Falcone
Paul Falcone
CHRO at Motion Picture & Television Fund | Author
Alice Shikina
Alice Shikina
Negotiation Coach & Mediator for C-Suite Executives and Directors
Terrell Holmes, M.S.
Terrell Holmes, M.S.
Organization Development Consultant | Advisor, Coach, Educator, Facilitator
Henry Yampolsky, J.D.
Henry Yampolsky, J.D.
Best Selling Author, Mediator, Educator and TEDx Speaker
Luke Wiesner, M.S.
Luke Wiesner, M.S.
Co-Founder at Peaceful Leaders Academy | Mediator | Trainer
Greg Thomas
Greg Thomas
CEO and Co-Founder of the Jazz Leadership Project
Sara Jeckovich, M.A.
Sara Jeckovich, M.A.
Program Manager / Peacebuilder at Pollack Peacebuilding Systems
Ilana Redstone, Ph.D.
Ilana Redstone, Ph.D.
Sociologist | Professor | Organizational Trainer
Melinda Burrell, Ph.D.
Melinda Burrell, Ph.D.
Democracy and Peacebuilding Specialist
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Summit Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Virtual Expo

12pm to 12:10pm EST

Opening Remarks & Intro To Peaceful Leadership

12:10pm to 12:30pm EST

Opening remarks and Introduction to Peaceful Leadership Theory.

Jeremy Pollack, Ph.D. is a social psychologist and a leader in the field of workplace conflict resolution and peacebuilding. He is the Founder of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems, the largest workplace conflict resolution consulting firm in North America. He is also co-founder and chairman of the Peaceful Leadership Institute as well as the co-developer of the style and theory of Peaceful Leadership. Jeremy is a master coach, master trainer, mediator, and author. He coaches and trains executives and employees at a variety of levels and industries, from Fortune 500 companies to major non-profits. Jeremy is a regular contributor on the topics of leadership and organizational conflict management to publications such as Forbes.com, Fast Company, Industry Week, and many more. He is also the author of the The Conflict Resolution Playbook: Practical Communication Skills for Preventing, Managing, and Resolving, Conflict. Jeremy holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Grand Canyon University, a Master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding (NCRP) from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Master’s degree in Evolutionary Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton. He is also a Certified Organizational Development Coach (CODC™) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCST-I™). Currently, he is a faculty member in the psychology department at Arizona College of Nursing and a researcher at the Peaceful Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and research of the theory and style of Peaceful Leadership.

Managing and Expressing Emotions at Work (Workshop)

12:30pm to 1:45pm EST

Success as a leader depends on building trust by effectively harnessing emotion—while still walking the line between sharing and oversharing. In this session, author and expert Liz Fosslien will provide leaders with the tools to understand, navigate, and express their emotions at work. She’ll also outline strategies leaders can implement to help teams better invest in their wellbeing and remain resilient even when things are up in the air.

Liz Fosslien is an expert on how to make work better, head of content and communications at Humu, and co-author and illustrator of the best-selling book Big Feelings and the Wall Street Journal best-seller No Hard Feelings. Her work has been featured by Good Morning America, The New York Times, The Economist, Time, TED, and CNN. She has given keynotes about emotions at work at organizations including Google, LinkedIn, NPR, and Spotify. See more at Fosslien.com.

Techniques for Coworker Mediation & Rebuilding Trust (Presentation)

1:50pm to 2:25pm EST

Broken trust and communication between coworkers can cause stress, loss of productivity, and creative stagnation not just for the individuals involved but for the entire team. In this presentation, you’ll learn practice skills and techniques to help coworkers resolve conflict and rebuild trust.

Sara has over 10 years of experience in the field of Peacebuilding. Her experiences working in trauma-informed care and with multicultural groups are drivers of her work, which has equipped her with a broad range of social-emotional skills. Sara guides others through the process of looking beyond their positions and toward the deeper underlying interests, which promotes clients to uncover practical methods of building peace. Through creativity and collaboration, Sara’s work as a Peacebuilder focuses on combining individual methods with structural initiatives to create effective and constructive practices that lay the foundation for the building of peace.

See more at: https://pollackpeacebuilding.com/about/sara-jeckovich/

Peaceful Leaders Academy: Peaceful Leadership in Action (Presentation)

2:30pm to 2:55pm EST

The Peaceful Leaders Academy is a leadership enhancement program designed to help both seasoned and emerging leaders foster greater trust, psychological safety, and inclusion in their teams. Through our Certified Peaceful Leader™ course, which includes workshops, coaching, and resources, organizational leaders are trained in the 5 Core Competencies of the Peaceful Leadership style, created by experts in organizational psychology and leadership development. This presentation will go over the critical skills and competencies taught through the Peaceful Leaders Academy to help leaders put these into action.

Jeremy Pollack, Ph.D. is a social psychologist and a leader in the field of workplace conflict resolution and peacebuilding. He is the Founder of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems, the largest workplace conflict resolution consulting firm in North America. He is also co-founder and chairman of the Peaceful Leadership Institute as well as the co-developer of the style and theory of Peaceful Leadership. Jeremy is a master coach, master trainer, mediator, and author. He coaches and trains executives and employees at a variety of levels and industries, from Fortune 500 companies to major non-profits. Jeremy is a regular contributor on the topics of leadership and organizational conflict management to publications such as Forbes.com, Fast Company, Industry Week, and many more. He is also the author of the The Conflict Resolution Playbook: Practical Communication Skills for Preventing, Managing, and Resolving, Conflict. Jeremy holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Grand Canyon University, a Master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding (NCRP) from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Master’s degree in Evolutionary Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton. He is also a Certified Organizational Development Coach (CODC™) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCST-I™). Currently, he is a faculty member in the psychology department at Arizona College of Nursing and a researcher at the Peaceful Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and research of the theory and style of Peaceful Leadership.

Theory of Racelessness: A New Approach to DEIB (Workshop)

3pm to 4:15pm EST

Theory of Racelessness is a place people go to free themselves from race(ism).

Abstract:

While not rooted in biology or science, Dr. Sheena Mason (She/Her) shows participants how the concept of race continues to be naturalized and viewed as something “of nature, which unintentionally goes against “antiracist” efforts. The camouflaging of racism as race remains, in large part, why many people and institutions have failed to partially, entirely, or meaningfully address racism even when actively participating in antiracist efforts. Dr. Mason teaches participants how and why racism masquerades as race and how to identify and stop allowing the race-racism evasion. Once liberated from race(ism), participants feel lighter, uplifted, seen, heard, and valued. Additionally, more people can view potential candidates in more robust ways, which lends toward improving hiring practices and creating a truly inclusive culture.

Learning Objectives:

Dr. Mason imparts the wisdom and insight that everything is possible and shares how to know ourselves better and see people more clearly.

Participants will leave able to do and continue thinking deeply about the following:

  • How to identify and define philosophies of race
  • Cultivate generative spaces for themselves and others that embody a skeptical/eliminativist philosophy toward the goal of lessening the impact of various hierarchies and hindrances to liberation
  • How to & why we should separate culture from race and race from ethnicity, etc.
  • How to identify and acknowledge diversity that extends well beyond the bounds of racialization
  • How to imagine and create solutions, initiatives, policies, and procedures that celebrate diversity and stop unintentionally upholding racism and other forms of discrimination.

Dr. Sheena Mason earned her Ph.D. in English literature “with distinction” in May 2021 from Howard University. She joined the faculty at SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, NY, in August 2021, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in African American literature. She has taught at the College of William and Mary, California Lutheran University, and Howard University. Her book titled Theory of Racelessness: A Case for Philosophies of Antirace(ism) is scheduled to be released by Palgrave Macmillan on September 23, 2022. Additionally, she co-authored “Harlem Renaissance: An Interpretation of Racialized Art and Ethics,” a chapter of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Art examining what, if anything, is the proper role of race in the aesthetic productions of or about members of racialized populations. Learn more at: https://www.theoryofracelessness.org/about

Negotiation Tips for Resolving Workplace Conflicts (Presentation)

4:20pm to 4:55pm EST

Negotiation can be tricky when trying to resolve conflicts at work. It requires knowledge of basic negotiation principles, communication finesse, and a clear understanding of underlying principles and desired outcomes. In this session, Colin Rule, a renowned expert in organizational dispute resolution, will highlight key principles and practical steps toward successful negotiation during workplace conflict.

Colin Rule is President and CEO of Mediate.com. In 2011 Colin co-founded Modria.com, an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) provider based in Silicon Valley, which was acquired by Tyler Technologies in 2017. From 2017 to 2020 Colin served as Vice President of ODR at Tyler. From 2003 to 2011 Colin was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal. He has worked in the dispute resolution field for more than 25 years as a mediator, trainer, and consultant. He is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School.


Thursday, October 20, 2022

Virtual Expo

12pm to 12:10pm EST

Day 2 Opening Remarks

12:10pm to 12:15pm EST

Opening remarks for Day 2 of the Summit.

Jeremy Pollack, Ph.D. is a social psychologist and a leader in the field of workplace conflict resolution and peacebuilding. He is the Founder of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems, the largest workplace conflict resolution consulting firm in North America. He is also co-founder and chairman of the Peaceful Leadership Institute as well as the co-developer of the style and theory of Peaceful Leadership. Jeremy is a master coach, master trainer, mediator, and author. He coaches and trains executives and employees at a variety of levels and industries, from Fortune 500 companies to major non-profits. Jeremy is a regular contributor on the topics of leadership and organizational conflict management to publications such as Forbes.com, Fast Company, Industry Week, and many more. He is also the author of the The Conflict Resolution Playbook: Practical Communication Skills for Preventing, Managing, and Resolving, Conflict. Jeremy holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Grand Canyon University, a Master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding (NCRP) from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Master’s degree in Evolutionary Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton. He is also a Certified Organizational Development Coach (CODC™) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual (CCST-I™). Currently, he is a faculty member in the psychology department at Arizona College of Nursing and a researcher at the Peaceful Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and research of the theory and style of Peaceful Leadership.

Having Difficult Conversations & Giving Hard-to-Hear Feedback (Workshop)

12:15pm to 1:25pm EST

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Paul Falcone is a bestselling author and top-rated presenter and storyteller who makes learning fun and exciting, no matter how challenging the topic. He specializes in topics such as workplace leadership and talent management, including effective hiring, performance achievement, tough conversations, and workplace ethics. Drawing from his years of experience as head of HR for Nickelodeon, head of international HR for Paramount Pictures, and head of HR operations for NBC’s prime time and late-night lineups, Paul knows how to entertain and train meaningful concepts for quick and easy adaptation and implementation. He’s a memorable presenter who imparts leadership wisdom and practical step-by-step actions for immediate mastery and same-day implementation.  Learn more at: https://www.paulfalconehr.com/

Peace-Centered & Unifying Approaches to DEIB Training (Panel Discussion)

1:30pm to 2:25pm EST

According to multiple studies, typical DEI and antibias training has not proven effective and, in some cases, has proven deleterious to workplace culture. Is there a better approach? In this panel discussion, we hear from leaders in the field of DEIB, who are taking on new and improved approaches through alternative paradigms. We will attempt to clearly define the problems related to diversity and equity, the goals we are trying to achieve, and alternative methods used to achieve these goals.

Sheena Mason, Ph.D.

Dr. Sheena Mason earned her Ph.D. in English literature “with distinction” in May 2021 from Howard University. She joined the faculty at SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, NY, in August 2021, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in African American literature. She has taught at the College of William and Mary, California Lutheran University, and Howard University. Her book titled Theory of Racelessness: A Case for Philosophies of Antirace(ism) is scheduled to be released by Palgrave Macmillan on September 23, 2022. Additionally, she co-authored “Harlem Renaissance: An Interpretation of Racialized Art and Ethics,” a chapter of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Art examining what, if anything, is the proper role of race in the aesthetic productions of or about members of racialized populations. Learn more at: https://www.theoryofracelessness.org/about

Carlos Hoyt, Ph.D.

Dr. Carlos Hoyt provides consultation and training on matters related to social identity, social bias, and social justice to a number of organizations including independent and public schools, businesses, a wide range of organizations. He has worked as Assistant Professor of Social Work at Wheelock College in Boston, MA, and has held teaching positions at Simmons College, Lesley University, and Boston University, providing instruction in clinical skills and practice, group dynamics, multicultural assessment, and cultural competence. Carlos’s first book, The Arc of a Bad Idea: Understanding and Transcending Race, was published
in 2016. He has numerous published works, has presented a TEDx Talk, and appeared on
several podcasts. More about Carlos can be found at carloshoyt.com.

Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Jazz Leadership Project, embodies the strategic vision of the company and enacts it during live workshops and for the Tune In To Leadership blog. The Co-Creator of G&J Productions, Greg has been instrumental in developing humanities programs for top cultural organizations such as Jazz at Lincoln Center. As a journalist and scholar, he has conducted in-depth research and conducted hundreds of interviews over the course of his career. Greg has given presentations on jazz, culture, race, and democratic life and values for a range of online platforms and institutions such Columbia, Hamilton, and Harvard. Learn more at: https://www.jazzleadershipproject.com/

The Certainty Trap: How Certainty Distorts Our thinking on Contentious Issues (Presentation)

2:30pm to 2:55pm EST

When it comes to heated and controversial issues, the reason it’s so hard to talk across divides is wildly misunderstood. Too often the problem is viewed as one of communication—for instance, we’re told to be better listeners, to empathize, and to ask questions. And while these are all good skills to have, they don’t get at the real problem. The core issue isn’t in how we talk, it’s in how we think. People don’t want to engage when they feel they’re being judged negatively for an opinion or a position they think is reasoned and justified. Those judgments, especially on controversial issues, come from certainty. By letting go of the certainty when we can and, when we can’t, by naming it explicitly, we can transform how we communicate and understand one another.

Ilana Redstone is an Associate Professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Founding Faculty Fellow at UATX. She is the Faculty Director of The Mill Center and the co-author of “Unassailable Ideas: How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education.” She has a joint Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the creator of the “Beyond Bigots and Snowflakes” video series and the founder of Diverse Perspectives Consulting.

Workplace Peacebuilding: A New Approach to Culture Enhancement (Panel Discussion)

3pm to 3:55pm EST

What does it take to create a peaceful workplace? The answer lies somewhere between high engagement and high safety, inclusion, and trust. In this panel discussion, seasoned workplace peacebuilders will discuss practical steps and actionable changes that can help leaders and HR professionals foster highly engaged but peace-oriented work cultures.

Alice Shikina

Alice mediates divorces, business separations, workplace conflict, landlord/tenant issues, and family conflicts. She also sharpens entrepreneurs with negotiation and sales skills through her Negotiation Academy. Alice is tireless in her quest to help others. In her free time, she teaches Conflict Transformation in the jails to the incarcerated. She is currently the chair of the Conference Committee for the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and is planning the annual 2022 APFM conference. Learn more at: https://www.shikinamediation.com/

Terrell Holmes, M.S.

Terrell is the founder of The Good Org, a workplace peacebuilding consultancy. As an organizational consultant, Terrell has shared his expertise with several institutions and individuals across multiple industries. Among those are Kaiser Permanente, eBay, California Department of Corrections, and St. Mary’s College of California. He has provided organizational assessment, facilitation, coaching, training, and change management consulting services for those organizations and others.  Terrell has worked with many marketing technology companies, providing interactive analysis, account management and directing professional services for industry-leading organizations. Learn more at https://www.thegoodorg.com/

Henry Yamplosky, J.D.

Henry Yampolsky is a recognized leader in the field of conflict transformation. He has worked with hundreds of complex conflicts around the world and is also an experienced educator, coach, author and TEDx speaker. With extensive experience both as a labor and employment lawyer and as a Peacebuilder, Henry has worked across multiple industries, including higher education, faith-based organizations, international organizations, law enforcement agencies, large and small not-for-profit and private enterprises.  learn more at: https://www.livingpeaceinstitute.com/

The Neurobiology of Workplace Peace & Conflict (Presentation)

4pm to 4:25pm EST

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Dr. Burrell is a senior conflict transformation practitioner and researcher, with 25 years of experience leading peacebuilding programs in conflict and post-conflict zones in the U.S. and around the world; proven training and coaching ability, with a specialty in the neuroscience of conflict and communication; syndicated writer on peace and conflict, with excellent oral and written communication skills; proven ability to create strong, authentic partnerships through energy, trust, and credibility.

De-escalation Techniques for Coworkers and Customers (Presentation)

4:30pm to 4:55pm EST

Heightened emotions and escalated conflict can destroy trust between coworkers and with customers. In this presentation, you’ll learn practical tips to help de-escalate conflict, lower emotional reactivity in team members and customers, and help individuals remain calm in order to effectively find solutions.

Luke Wiesner has been a Conflict Specialist since 2014, providing mediation, coaching, training and facilitation to workplaces, families, neighbors, community organizations and individuals. He has worked internally with non-profit organizations and higher education institutions to create and design conflict management systems and programs. Working as an external consultant, Luke has worked with local government agencies, higher education institutions, assisted living communities, hospitality businesses, non-profits, boards of directors and many other complex teams to support conflict transformation. He has a Masters degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Creighton University. Luke currently serves as Head of Programming for Peaceful Leaders Academy.

See more at: https://pollackpeacebuilding.com/about/luke-wiesner/

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