Mediation Training


Thomas F. Gibbons

Thomas F. Gibbons is dean of Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, a senior lecturer for Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, and president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. A former labor attorney with more than 20 years of experience in negotiations, mediation, and arbitration, Gibbons regularly teaches Northwestern courses in mediation, arbitration, and conflict resolution on the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the School of Professional Studies he has taught mediation training for the past 10 years. Gibbons is a labor arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Illinois Labor Department, and Illinois Public Employees Arbitration Roster. He also serves as an employment mediator for the American Arbitration Association and Illinois Public Employees Mediation Roster as well as a conciliator for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Conciliation. A frequent writer on alternative dispute resolution, he authored a chapter on the subject for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and was a topic author for Elkouri and Elkouri’s How Arbitration Works, issued by the American Bar Association and BNA Publishing. Gibbons is past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Chicago chapter and a past cochair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He holds law degrees from Yale University Law School and DePaul University College of Law, a master’s degree from Drew University, and an undergraduate degree from Fordham University.

Currently teaching:Mediation Skills Training

Connie Meyer

Connie Meyer is a facilitator, mediator, and coach with over a decade of experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution. After earning an M.A. in Intercultural Conflict Management from Lesley University, Connie went on to work for two spin-offs of the Harvard Negotiation Project – first on the non-profit, international-conflict side, and then as a trainer and coach for corporate executives and managers across multiple industries. She continues her corporate education practice, regularly delivering training and coaching on topics such as negotiation, effective communication, and influence. Connie is twice-certified as a mediator and underwent advanced negotiation and mediation training at Harvard Law School. She logged hundreds of hours as a mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Chicago and has frequently served as a coach for mediators-in-training. Connie earned her B.A. in International Studies and History from Northwestern.

Currently teaching:Mediation Skills Training

Mac Steele

Mac Steele is a People & Culture Partner with Rotary International in Evanston, Illinois, and an alternative dispute resolution trainer, facilitator, and practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in the field. He assists people involved in small claims, family, school, and business disputes. His background encompasses a variety of conflict resolution methods, including mediation (facilitative, transformative, and evaluative), large-group facilitation, coaching, and restorative justice. Steele has worked for and trained through New York City’s Safe Horizon Mediation Program (now the New York Peace Institute) and Chicago’s Center for Conflict Resolution. He earned a BA in arts administration at Western Michigan University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Currently teaching:Mediation Skills Training