Course Description

Two of the hardest and most stressful events of a person's life can be starting a new career, and starting a business. For many aspiring mediators, including those of you interested in mediation, arbitration, and facilitation, these events will go hand in hand. Whether you’ve just graduated and are looking to enter the field, or you’re a seasoned professional ready for a change, you’ll need a solid plan for your path into this new career. This course was designed for you by Dick Fincher. Dick is a Cornell alumni, lawyer, neutral and managing partner of Workplace Resolution LLC. In the course, he shares his deep knowledge and experience in neutral work, and creating a successful business. As he shares his experience, he challenges you to leverage his advice into creating your own successful business. During this course you’ll complete a project that includes the key components of a business plan, you’ll then receive feedback on that project from a successful neutral already working. This work will set you up to successfully take next steps in your career that are appropriate to your unique interests and situation.

Faculty Author

Richard D. Fincher, JD

Benefits to the Learner

  • Explore and outline your personal prospects as a mediator and/or arbitrator
  • Create a draft business plan and action steps to begin your journey into the conflict resolution field

Target Audience

  • Mediators and those aspiring to build a career in mediation
  • Arbitrators
  • Attorneys and lawyers
  • Independent consultants
  • Union representatives and labor relations professionals
  • HR professionals
  • Entrepreneurs who want to mediate
  • Recent graduates interested in becoming mediators/arbitrators
  • Anyone looking to start their own practice as a mediation/dispute resolution professional
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