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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you are interested in learning more.
A lot of people helped make the 2018 Conference possible, including the generous support of sponsors and vendors, volunteers, presenters, our hosts at the University of Oregon, and, or course, all of the participants. We couldn’t have done it without you!
- Amy Silverberg
- Donna Silverberg Consulting
- Gail McEwen
Saturday Luncheon Sponsor:
- Molly Keating
Friday Luncheon Sponsors:
- Beaverton Dispute Resolution Center
- Clackamas County Resolution Services
- Jamie M. Anderson
- Laurel Singer, National Policy Consensus Center
- Mary N. Miller, Consulting & Mediation
- Oregon Consensus
- Oregon State Bar ADR Section
Party Animals! (Reception Sponsors)
- Amy & Richard Herman
- Brian B. Egan, Clarity Mediation LLC
- Charles Wiggins
- Cheryl L. Jamison, J.D.
- Don Cole
- Donna Silverberg
- Lynn Steyaert
- Marie Rust
- Nancy Pionk
- Pete Johnson
- Sara H. Matarazzo, J.D., Mediation and Facilitation
- Association for Conflict Resolution
- Community Dispute Resolution Centers of Oregon
- Conflict & Dispute Resolution (CRES) Master’s Program, University of Oregon School of Law
- PSU Conflict Resolution Program
- Amy & Richard Herman
- Don Cole
- Gail McEwen
- Jamie Anderson
- Jane Parisi Mosher
- Jeff Stewart, in memory of Shannon Stewart
- Molly Keating
Thanks to everybody who helped make the 2018 Conference a success!
By the numbers, this year we had 166 participants, including 57 students or volunteer mediators, and 55 participants for whom this was their first conference, and 24 scholarship recipients! We hope everyone got a chance to learn, meet new people, and of course, have a good time.
In case you missed it, you can find materials from workshops here. Want to help make the conference even better next year? We value your feedback. You can give feedback for workshops on Google Forms here (one workshop per form, please) and for the entire conference here. And, of course, planning is already underway for the 2019 conference at the Eliot Center in Portland, OR. The Fall Conference is put on by a volunteer committee — if you are interested in helping out next year, contact John Inglish (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tera Cleland (email@example.com), the conference committee co-chairs.
Thanks again for a great year!
If you have been delaying registering for the OMA Fall Conference, the time to register is now! Join us in Eugene November 9th and 10th for Oregon’s biggest conflict resolution conference and OMA’s biggest event of the year.
his year’s conference offers a broad scope of relevant, professional-level conflict resolution presentations and workshops in different field-oriented tracks, as well as the opportunity to meet and engage with practitioners in the field.
Whether you are a mediator, attorney, social worker, human resources professional, student, educator, ADR practitioner, counselor, or someone who is interested in conflict management and resolution, you’ll find multiple interesting and useful activities that will enrich your knowledge and sense of community.
The 2018 OMA Conference will include:
- 45- 90- and 180-minute professional-level workshops in field- and topic- specific tracks
- Graduate research panel
- Keynote presentations
- Plenary luncheons
- Networking reception and happy hour
- Awards and Tributes
- Continue Education Credits are being applied for with the Oregon Bar, HRCI, and NASW
- Vendor and informational space
- Annual OMA membership meeting
- ….and more!
A sneak peek at a Fall Conference workshop with Kristin Pinit
Check all that apply:
- I invest in my skills. Communications, management, technical expertise, etc.
- I build my network. Make connections, introductions, offer support and advice.
- I over deliver to satisfy my client, boss, or my own work ethic.
- I have a mentor, a coach, and/or a trainer.
- I put in the time. Give 110%. Do what it takes to get the next deal, client, promotion.
- I have said to myself, “I’m working so hard, but something is missing.”
How can you work hard and do all the right things, and still have the feeling that something is “off” in your life?
I’ve been there.
I spent 15+ years creating a career that led me to running a multi-million dollar portfolio of consulting projects and research. I worked in non-profit with a remarkable team and colleagues. I had a mentor. I went to training. I put in my time, and then some.
And yet, I was exhausted and confused. My kid cried when I had to travel for work. There was a pain in my right hip that would not go away. My marriage and friendships were on autopilot.
I had invested deeply in my work. I did all the right things, 110%.
Why did I feel so unfulfilled, unengaged, and uninspired?
The flight attendants have had it right all along. You have to put your oxygen mask on before helping others. We’ve heard it over and over again, “Take care of yourself first,” but that kind of advice is easy to give and often hard to take.
Here’s the good news: You are used to doing hard things! You know how to stretch yourself, to learn and grow. When you put your mind to something, you have an amazing ability to make things happen. You’ve done it for years in your work – getting the training, building the relationships, seeking guidance and support.
You can use your amazing skills and resourcefulness to learn how to put yourself first. When you do this, you’ll empower yourself and realize a new capacity for having the career and life you dream of – with energy to spare.
Empowered self-care is more than an occasional massage or night out with friends to let off steam. It is a way of living that brings your deepest desires and needs into the daily rhythms and routines of every day. You don’t just schedule time for self-care, you embody the mindset and the habits that nourish, energize, and rejuvenate you in everything that you do.
Practicing empowered self-care will:
- Put you in control of your mood and energy level
- Keep you feeling strong and confident in your body
- Help you get great sleep and start your day with intention
- Give you the capacity to fulfill your purpose in work and in life
Find out how you can experience this kind of deep self-care. Tap into your potential in a new way, and become the biggest, most vibrant version of yourself.
When you register for the Oregon Mediation Association’s 32nd Annual Conference, choose to take the workshop: Empowered Self-Care for Passionate Professionals, on Friday, November 9 from 1:45-3:15.
About the presenter:
Kirstin Pinit is a wellness coach and consultant, a certified yoga teacher, a mom, wife, and an artist. She teaches the art of transformation through creative, engaging, and practical habit-change programs. Kirstin builds supportive communities in which members can be vulnerable, creative, and curious in their journey toward creating a vibrant, healthy, and meaningful life. Learn more at www.kirstinpinit.com.