OMA will be increasing membership dues in a few categories in the coming months. So if you are “sitting on the fence” as to whether to join or re-new save your pennies before the dues increase this spring.
As part of OMA’s 2020 Communications initiatives, we want to hear from and celebrate our mediation community. Consider being profiled on OMA’s Facebook page and our Blog! It will give your colleagues an opportunity to find out what you’re doing, who you’re doing it with, and any successes and stories you’d be willing to share.
We plan on highlighting individual practitioners, mediation volunteers, and mediation organizations. We want to know what makes “you,” you and how you navigate in the world of mediation.
If you would like to be profiled (or there’s someone you think we should know about), drop us an email at email@example.com and we will send you our profile template to complete. We won’t profile anyone without their consent! Don’t be shy, be shiny and let us highlight you.
We are very pleased to announce that OMA has found a new home. Our new location is in Tigard with easy access from I-5 and 217. If this location sounds familiar, it’s because it’s already an established mediation center. Genesis Mediation has graciously provided a space for OMA. Please call 503.872.9775 if you want to schedule a time to visit. We look forward to holding OMA sponsored events and meetings here soon. Our new mailing address is as follows:
Oregon Mediation Association
7307 SW Beveland Street, Suite 200
Tigard, Oregon 97223
Our phone and email remain the same: 503.872.9775 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail from OMA PO Box will be forwarded for the next few weeks.
Our OMA 2019 Conference was a great success! We hosted our 33rd annual conference back in Portland after spending 2018 in Eugene. We had great turnout – long-time practitioners, volunteer mediators, community members, students, and some new friendly faces to the profession. Our theme was “Managing Conflict: Bridging the Gap through Mediation and Beyond.” Back in 2018, our committee decided to begin providing “tracks” throughout the conference, or certain strings of workshops to attend that would be dedicated to topics such as family, business, or diversity and inclusion. Based on the positive feedback in 2018, we decided to continue expanding upon those “tracks” to develop networking within conference participants. We grew our list to six tracks, and will continue to create robust opportunities for more specialized education throughout the year. OMA also created a new award for 2019, or the “Spirit of Mediation” award. The committee awarded four practitioners who embody the “spirit” of mediation through one or more luminaries. The award winners were: Bryan Egan, Rene Bove, Stuart Watson, and Jack Bevilaqua. The board also shared initiatives each committee is working on during our annual open meeting, including a Mediators of Color network across Oregon. Finally, we introduced our new mentorship program during the conference. Reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more.