May 11, 2018

8:30am – 5:00pm
The River Center
340 SW 3rd Street, Des Moines

Join us for a full-day workshop, led by author and facilitator

Larry Dressler

Standing in the Fire: Strategies for Staying Cool in High-Heat Situations

There are few things scarier than stepping into a room of people who are polarized, enraged, or hopeless. In these moments one must draws on more than skill alone. The truly masterful mediator must be able to stand in the fire and be the calm, clear, patient presence that enables others to discover common ground and to heal. In this full-day, hands-on seminar author and veteran facilitator of high-stakes meetings, Larry Dressler will share specific principles and practices that enable you to show up in the most challenging situations.  During this day-long seminar you will learn:

  • How to anticipate when you will be walking into a “high-heat” situation
  • Common hot-buttons that weaken the effectiveness of mediators
  • Six inner capacities you can build for standing in the fire of conflict and complexity
  • Specific personal practices you can adopt to become a less reactive, more resilient mediator

Our presenter, Larry Dressler is the author of two books on conflict and collaboration. He is a private consultant and an Adjunct Faculty member at in the Masters Program for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. A dynamic presenter and master story teller, he has trained group process and conflict resolution professionals throughout the world, including in Japan, China, and the UK.  Over the past 25 years Larry has consulted with Nike, Facebook, Nissan, New Belgium Brewing, One Percent for the Planet and many other companies striving to build more collaborative, transparent cultures.  He is the recipient of the Global Facilitation Impact Award presented by the International Association of Facilitators.

For a preview of Larry, view his 3-minute video here.

Hotel Accommodations:

The Residence Inn Des Moines Downtown is offering a group rate of $150 per night for conference attendees. The last day to book the group rate is Friday, April 20, 2018. Click here to book your group rate.


$175 for members ($150 before April 13th)
$225 for non-members ($200 before April 13th)