SOURCE: Accordence


March 02, 2016 11:34 ET

Department of Justice Community Relations Service Director Returns to Training Company

Accordence Gains New Expertise; Grande Lum to Share Insights at International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 2, 2016) - Accordence, a negotiation training and consulting company, today announced that founder Grande Lum, most recently Director of the U.S. DOJ Community Relations Service (CRS) from 2012 to 2016, has returned to the organization in the role of Senior Advisor. During his tenure, CRS won its first-ever Association of Conflict Resolution Peacemaker Award, in 2013 and an American Bar Association Problem Solver Award, in 2014.

Accordence is a global training company that teaches the skills necessary to strategically negotiate, persuade, resolve conflict, communicate, and demonstrate personal effectiveness and engagement on the job. As Senior Advisor, Lum will work with the company to expand its services, audiences and offerings in the realm of conflict resolution and the ability to effectively collaborate with others. Founded over a decade ago, Accordence uses principles and frameworks which work across organizational cultures, issues and divisions.

"I'm very proud of the work we did at CRS during my tenure," said Grande Lum. "And I see an even greater need for giving people the tools for mediation and conflict management in their careers and lives."

With the growing polarization of viewpoints, perhaps accelerated by the popularity of social media and the ability of its participants to take a more "removed" stance, Accordence will enhance its offerings of tools and practices to minimize disconnection and enhance problem solution skills for minimizing tensions in the workplace.

Lum will present on Peace and Justice in our Communities and share best practices from CRS at the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education June 11 in Columbus, Ohio.

About Grande Lum
Grande Lum is Senior Advisor at Accordence, Inc., a research fellow and lecturer at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School, and the executive director of The Divided Community Project at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. More recently he served as the Community Relations Service (CRS) Director of the Department of Justice, nominated by President Obama. Lum guided CRS through prominent conflicts between law enforcement and race during his tenure, including addressing communities after tragedies in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore. Lum renewed focus on staff training and development, specifically on the CRS conciliation services of mediation and dialogue facilitation, and expanded CRS' services in the areas of Transgender and Law Enforcement interaction, Intellectual Disabilities, and Restorative Practices. Before CRS, Grande Lum was a clinical professor at the University of California Hastings School of the Law, as Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Lum has more than two decades of conflict negotiation experience, beginning with the Harvard Negotiation Project, followed by a partnership with Conflict Management Inc., founded by Getting to Yes coauthor Roger Fisher. Lum authored The Negotiation Fieldbook and Tear Down the Wall: Be Your Own Mediator in Conflict. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

About Accordence
Accordence is a global training company that helps employees to develop the aptitude and attitude to maximize the outcome of every interaction and situation they encounter. The firm teaches important skills and memorable frameworks through proven methods delivered by practitioner experts, for managers, leaders, sales and procurement, high potentials and associates. The firm's world-class consultants provide corporations and public sector entities with programs that result in vastly improved individual and organizational capacity for creating innovative and successful outcomes.

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