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CEO update | January 2019

Dear members

Welcome back!  I hope you had a restful and rejuvenating holiday.

As we look forward to 2019, I hope you are optimistic about your professional work and growth opportunities.  Resolution Institute is commencing 2019 with a renewed focus on promoting more extensive use of dispute resolution throughout our communities and on providing a range of professional support services for our members.  In this briefing, I want to touch base on a handful of upcoming key initiatives and events.

The first meetings of the Professional Development Networks will be held next week.  With representatives from across New Zealand and Australia, these Networks will share updates on professional learning and events and explore providing ideas and guides to local Professional Development Groups.

Professional Development Groups have kicked off across Australia.  Thank you to newcomers and to those continuing from last year’s Committees, for your generous commitment to organising events for the professional learning and development of Resolution Institute members and colleagues.

Keep a lookout for the invitation to express your interest in belonging to the Growth Working Groups. This 2019 initiative will harness the wisdom and insights of members from New Zealand and Australia for growing the use of dispute resolution. What opportunities are there through government and business? What legislative changes would help? What media opportunities are there? What initiatives will provide the biggest bang for our buck?

In the next few days we will send you an invitation to buy a subscription to Resolution Institute professional development activities that come in small bites of an hour or two.  For AU$175/NZ$195 you will have unlimited access to professional development group events and to webinars.  If you are already a frequent attendee, this package will save you money.  If you are not yet a frequent attendee, you can become one at low risk.  Attend as many events as you want, knowing that at least some events will really hit the mark for you, and that for any that don’t you get the benefit of staying in touch with the field and with your colleagues.

Talking of professional learning – have you dipped into the National Mediation Conference programme? Being held in Canberra on 15-17 April, the conference includes super-experienced overseas presenters such Judy McCann-Beranger, Chris Honeyman and Jeffrey Hewitt, as well as local thought and practice leaders. There is a massive 130 concurrent sessions which will allow you to go deep into areas of special interest or to get an overview of the field.  Resolution Institute, as a major sponsor of the conference, will have an exhibition booth.  Call in to have a chat or ask questions. We would love to catch up with you.

Finally, don’t be shy! Nominate yourself or a colleague for the Australian Mediator of the Year or the Australian Arbitrator of the Year presented at the Australasian Law Awards gala event in front of a crowd of 600 lawyers.  Build your profile, get exposure to decision makers by nominating for these awards >>

That’s all from me this time.  Have a happy day!

Fiona Hollier
31 January 2019