After becoming a mediator almost 20 years ago, Maria Simpson, Ph.D. decided to make it her mission to bring the skills and techniques of mediation into the workplace, knowing that if everyone learned just five mediation techniques, they could create workplace environments where conflict is a creative and productive force, and where teams collaborate to do their most effective work.
Since then, she has worked with leaders and their teams as executive coach, trainer, and consultant on broad organizational change projects, training and development programs, and survey projects, among other assignments, all of which included conflict resolution and mediation techniques. She has written extensively on organizational communications for the past six years in a weekly eColumn called “Two Minute Training” and on organizational culture and communications in a paper called "Is This a Good Fit?" She is also a prolific speaker, presenting at organizations such as the Association for Conflict Resolution, the California Association for Adult Day Services, and the Southern California Mediation Association.
Dr. Simpson has held senior management positions at The Conference Board, the New York Academy of Sciences, the New School University, and the City University of New York, and consulted with Bank of America, Easter Seals Southern California, Kaiser Permenente, HealthView, Inc., and Premiera Care, Inc. among others. She has also conducted executive coaching and organizational surveys for city governments in Southern California. She serves on the board of directors for the South Bay Mediation Center and for NEAS: Western, a provider of EAP services. She is also a mediator for the LA County Superior Court.
Dr. Simpson received her doctorate from New York University and her mediation certificate from the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She teaches conflict resolution at CSU Dominguez Hills in the graduate program on Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding.