Sharon Woodhouse is an M.A. student in the Communication Department of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, also finishing a graduate certificate in Mediation and Negotiation. She has been studying mediation and peacemaking off and on since the late 1980s. In between, she founded a book publishing company (Everything Goes Media, LLC) and became a coach and consultant (Conspire Creative) specializing in book projects and small business development. She is studying the elements of presence, commonalities of coaching and mediation communication skills and their broader applications, and issues in discussing values and difficult topics. She is moving her coaching practice to focusing on matters of ethics, existence, and conflict.