Difficult Conversations are an important part of the human experience – at times uncomfortable or painful, however, it is possible to learn how to manage a difficult conversation in a constructive way. From business partners and relationships with customers, clients, supplier and colleagues, to dynamics with family, friends, and members of our communities, the … Learn More About This Program
After years working on Wall Street and on the launch team of a Cambridge start-up, the PON seminar changed my life. The seminar broadened my thinking about conflict management in our families, businesses and communities and the perspective and skills I learned gave me a sound grounding from which I developed a rewarding career advising enterprising families on managing conflict when continuing relationships matter. After 15 years, the teachings from the seminar continue to have practical, daily relevance to the work I do and I highly recommend it.
Blair Trippe, MBA
Managing Partner, of Continuity Family Business Consulting
Author of Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power
Open to participants from all disciplines and professional fields, the PON Seminars provide negotiation and mediation courses to the community. These semester-length courses are designed to increase public awareness and understanding of successful conflict resolution efforts.
Two courses are taught each year: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the fall, and Mediation and Conflict Management in the spring. Both courses provide participants with a conceptual framework and practical advice for professional and personal development in dispute resolution. Faculty is drawn from the PON community of scholars and practitioners of alternative dispute resolution.