2015 Fall Conference
Recognition, Dialogue, and Reconciliation
October 22-24, 2015
Although our conference was scheduled well over a year ago, it is well timed. The April 2015 Baltimore disturbances may have tarnished Baltimore’s public image but they present an opportunity – for all of us who want to make the world a better place – to recognize and appreciate the explicit and implicit factors necessary for fostering dialogues leading to reconciliation, better understanding, and a vision toward building new partnerships. The dialogue that is now going on in Baltimore lies at the very heart of our work as mediators. We are constantly in search of recognition, dialogue, and reconciliation.Our conference will feature speakers who are doing this hard work in Baltimore. Dawn Kirstaetter, Baltimore’s Deputy Mayor; Antoine Bennett Director of MOVA-Baltimore, New Song Community Church; and Melvin Russell, Lt. Colonel, Baltimore City Police Department will provide us with the various perspectives that are essential to Baltimore’s recognition, dialogue, and reconciliation efforts.
Our distinguished keynote speaker, Senator George Mitchell is a renowned negotiator,
mediator, and peacemaker, and we are delighted that he is coming to speak at our conference and accept our Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to our Juntos and Pepp Talks, we have sessions on international dispute resolution, a report on ground breaking mediation research, a panel on transformative moments in mediation, and an interview about diversity issues with Ben Wilson, the managing principal at a 100-lawyer firm where he has been a pioneer in the inclusion of women and minorities.
Baltimore’s history and charm – particularly in the Inner Harbor area where our conference hotel is located – will make this gathering both memorable and enjoyable. Our substantive program will enhance our practices and provide us with tools for improving relationships in and between our communities, cities and countries.
Thank you for attending this important conference.
Marvin E. Johnson
IAM President and Conference Chair