Mediation Training


Thomas F. Gibbons

Thomas F. Gibbons is the Dean of Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, and a Senior Lecturer with Northwestern’s School of Law. Tom, a labor and employment attorney who practiced law in Chicago, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of dispute resolution. He is a mediator with extensive experience doing employment and business mediations, as well as serving as a neutral for clergy-abuse personal injury litigation over the past dozen years. Tom is also a seasoned labor and employment arbitrator, and is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He serves on panels for the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, the Illinois Labor Department, and many permanent employment panels. Tom has taught ADR to undergraduate, graduate and law students, and has won three Northwestern University teaching awards. He is the past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Chicago Chapter, and the past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is also the past president of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association, and is the 2014–15 Innovation Fellow for the Washington, D.C.-based professional association. Tom earned his undergraduate degree at Fordham University, a master’s from Drew University, and holds law degrees from Yale Law School and DePaul’s College of Law.

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