Professional Details

Gina Weatherup

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Chantilly, VA 20151
USA
703-951-6647

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Description of Practice

We spend more time at work than with families, friends, or hobbies. We deserve to work in happy, conflict-free environments - but isn't conflict inevitable? Conflicts don't have to lead to feelings of hopelessness. While many people can and do resolve workplace conflicts on their own or with the help of supervisors or HR, everyone needs a little help sometimes. That's why I'm here. As a trained professional mediator, I use a facilitative process to allow all parties to speak their own truths, with the common goal of coming up with your own solution - one all parties can stick to. My professional background is in communication, equal employment opportunity, and facilitating meetings, trainings, and planning processes. I am pursuing a professional certificate in the Science of Happiness at Work, and have a deep understanding of how our own emotional intelligence may contribute to, or alleviate, conflicts we experience on a daily basis or in acute situations. This research on happiness, emotions, and resilience in the workplace helps me help my clients resolve conflicts quicker and with more positive emotional outcomes. I can help you get back to work, producing and collaborating just as you want to.

Degrees

MA, Women's and Gender Studies/Public Policy, The George Washington University

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2/27-3/2 2018    Tracey Pilkerton Cairnie and James Q. Pope    Mediation Skills and Practice, 30 hours
4/23-24, 2018    James Meditz and Catherine Baker Wingfield    Mediation Practicum

Approach

Improving communications has always been at the center of my career. From undergraduate classes and a graduate teaching assistantship in Women’s Studies, to working in equal employment opportunity for the U.S. Army, to organizing and lobbying to improve health care funding and access, to helping small businesses create strategic plans and improve their online presence. For me, the central skill to all of these roles was active listening. Active listening is most effective when you do more than simply reflect: Suspend judgments about a person and what they say until you hear them out. Have compassion. Be open to the idea that, perhaps, we can find common ground.

Other Information

Member, Mid-Atlantic Facilitation Network (mafn.org)

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Adult Family
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • General
  • Government
  • Non Profits
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Pet Mediation
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Facilitator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Strategic Planning

References available upon request.