I remember standing with Joanna, my elementary school friend, on the sidewalk between our homes. I shared with her that everyone in my extended family had divorced except my grandparents on my mother’s side and that I wanted to have more longevity in my relationships when I was older. I remember that she shared that she would have enjoyed fewer scheduled activities and that her feet were bloody and her toes curled from her ballet shoes. It struck me then that I would offer my children choices. I valued choices, if not earlier, than from that moment onwards. I also devoted myself to understanding human communication.
Collaborative communication is about relationships (family, work, school, community, and our inner relationship with ourselves). It is also about choice. It balances interdependence with autonomy. I love to share the beauty of this communication with others.
Over the last 25 years, I have trained in facilitation, interest-based negotiation, mediation, and organizational behaviour. Since my introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in 2015, I have taken over fifty days of training, have initiated several peer practice groups, and have offered small group trainings to over 400 people. I began offering coaching in the fall of 2020 and now also offer mediation services.
My formal training includes a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in organizational analysis from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Master of Laws from the University of Amsterdam (concentration: international law).
I combine relational insight into a frank, practical, empathic approach. Structured trainings are designed for the specific client’s needs and can be adapted throughout the process. I apply my experience developing and delivering curriculum at three colleges with my facilitation background to create interactive experiences to transform communication challenges in your workplaces, homes, and other communities.