Dianne Lipsey - Co-President and Chief ADR Officer

Dianne Lipsey is a founding principal at ADR Vantage, Inc. and serves as one of its co-presidents. Dianne brings nearly 25 years of experience of project management, program design, training, and program evaluation with both public and private sector clients. Dianne is recognized nationally as an ADR practitioner. She frequently serves in the roles of mediator, ombudsman, and facilitator. She has been certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia for more than a decade and also serves as mentor to new mediators. She has served as an internal ADR Program Coordinator, an ombudsman, and an executive coach for different Federal agencies.

As a skilled instructional designer, she has designed and conducted training for corporate and government executives for more than 25 years. Training topics include effective communications, negotiations, conflict management, and other emerging human resources management issues. Dianne has trained and mentored many internal Federal Sector mediators for the Department of Homeland Security, the US Navy, and US EPA. She also trains new mediators through the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, which is a community-based program affiliated with George Mason University.

Dianne has consulted with more than 25 different Federal agencies on all aspects of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs. In addition to ADR system design, she is well known as an ADR system evaluator. She recently completed two major national program evaluation studies on the use of conflict management tools to resolve workplace and customer disputes for the US Departments of Agriculture and Commerce.

Ms. Lipsey holds both a Master and Undergraduate degrees in Psychology. She has continued her education in Conflict Prevention and Management and is a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator and mediator mentor. She is currently pursuing certification in executive coaching.

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