Tom A. Kosakowski's Blog – July 2010 Archive (6)

International Ombudsman Association Will Offer Beginning and Advanced Training in Toronto

IOA will offer training for Organizational Ombuds at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, October 25-29, 2010.

Sessions to be offered are:
  • Ombudsman 101 (October 25-27) -- A 2½-day introductory training program that covers the basic functions and skills of Ombudsmanry using an interactive format includes role play and encourages questions and discussion.
  • Ombudsman 101…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Tenth ACR Conference Will Highlight Ombuds Issues

The Association for Conflict Resolution's tenth annual conference will include several sessions that Organizational Ombuds will find relevant, including:

  • Building a Conflict Competent Organization Phase II: What Practitioners, Organizations, and the Conflict Resolution Profession Can Learn and Apply in the Workplace (Session 4.13) -- How ConEdison built organizational conflict competence and provided…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 27, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Financial Regulatory Reform Will Create New Federal ADR Programs

The sweeping reform legislation signed into law by President Obama on July 21 will establish three new federal alternative dispute resolution programs for financial issues. These new programs are designated by the legislation as Ombudsman Offices -- one for Securities and Exchange Commission concerns and two programs within the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (An early version of the legislation also included an Ombuds program for the Public Company Accounting Oversight… Continue

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 26, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Recap of 2010 Midwest Meeting of University & College Ombuds

Tim Griffin reports that 24 Ombuds from 18 different colleges and universities convened on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois on July 12. The annual meeting was preceded by a workshop for 13 new Ombuds -- a new attendance record for this event.

Topics for plenary discussion, established by those in attendance, included bullying, mobbing, confidentiality of third party information, neutrality, appropriate advocacy, responding to institutional…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 22, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Growing Business for Workplace Chaplains

Earlier this week, the NBC Nightly News profiled a service more employers are adopting to care for their employees: office chaplains. "Finding someone to listen – really listen – to your personal concerns is not what most offices are known for but some folks are trying to change that, with chaplains at work." (NBC Nightly News.)…


Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 21, 2010 at 6:03pm — No Comments

United States Ombudsman Association to Hold Annual Meeting in Ohio

The professional association for Classical Ombuds (those ADR professionals that hew closest to the Ombudsman model started 200 years ago in Sweden), will hold its annual meeting in Dayton, Ohio, October 6-8, 2010. The theme, "Soaring to New Heights: Innovations in Ombudsmanship," emphasizes recent developments in the field. …


Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 14, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

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