June 20, 2013
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Chapter Meeting Spotlight


Workplace Conflict-Options for Resolution
Panel: Selden Prentice, Mediator & JD, Ruth Alstadt, SPHR, Director of HR, Data I/O & Sarah Knowles, Mediator & JD

Breakfast Meeting, July 11, 2013
Bellevue Club, 11200 SE 6th Street


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Many HR practitioners deal directly or indirectly with conflict, but many do not have the training to access the conflict and address the available options for managing the conflict. This panel discussion and presentation provides an overview of the options. Those attending will be able to:
  • Define conflict and access the conflict culture at one's own firm.
  • Understand the available in-house HR options for managing conflict.
  • Understand the mediation option and how it works.
  • Understand the conflict coaching option - a relatively new one-on-one coaching option for managing conflict.
  • Determine when it is appropriate to handle a conflict in-house, and when it is more appropriate to bring in an outside professional mediator or conflict coach.
  • Determine who makes the decision regarding bringing in an outside mediator.
  • Be able to find an appropriate mediator.
Selden Prentice is the owner of Prentice Mediation, LLC, and is a mediator, conflict coach and trainer. Mediating since 2006, she has mediated for the King County Dispute Resolution Center as well as for the King County Small Claims Courts. Trained as a lawyer, Selden also teaches Negotiations, as well as Business Law, at Seattle University.

Ruth Alstadt, SPHR has over 12 years of Human Resources experience in the high tech, legal, and manufacturing industries. She is the Director of Human Resources at Data I/O and responsible for their 3 offices in Redmond, China and Germany including responsibilities in Professional Development, Compensation, Recruiting/Retention, Succession Planning, Employee Relations and Payroll services of this corporation; with a primary focus on alignment with corporate strategic objectives.

Donna Lurie is in private practice with Lurie Workplace Solutions as a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, and organizational development consultant. Ms. Lurie spent 29 years in Labor-Management relations as a negotiator, arbitration advocate, grievance representative, co-chair of numerous labor-management committees, creator of job classification systems, creator of evaluation and performance improvement systems, and in-house mediator and facilitator for several education associations and school districts in the Puget Sound area.

8:00 am: Check in and networking
8:15 am: Seating and breakfast
9:00 am: Program
10:00 am: Adjourn. We are committed to ending on time.

Menu: Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and mushrooms, crisp bacon and potatoes
Vegetarian Option: Crustless vegetable quiche with roasted salsa and sliced tomatoes

This program has been approved for 1 General recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
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