NVC CONFERENCE 2017 PRESENTERS
Jori and Jim Manske
Principals of Peaceworks, are CNVC certified trainers and certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP), mediation, and facilitation.
Married for over 30 years, they share the intentions to cooperate together in the great adventure of life, openly and honestly share their deepest thoughts and feelings, and honor and accept each other with ever-increasing ability. These intentions continue to frame not only their relationship together, but also all their relationships and work.
Currently Jim and Jori live on Maui, HI. They were co-founders of the NM Network for NVC and co-leaders of the CNVC Global Community Circle (GCC). Jori served on the CNVC Board of Directors and as the Interim Director of CNVC. She currently serves on the Board of Comienzos, a restorative jail project.
Jim and Jori offer training, consulting, and mentoring in mediation, financial sustainability, power dynamics, facilitation, organizational transformation, as well as integrating NVC. They serve businesses, community groups, government agencies, NGO's, private groups and individuals, and have supported various emerging NVC communities worldwide. They remain eager to discover new ways of supporting conflict resolution and collaboration, and offer training through NVC Academy. To connect more with Jori and Jim, explore their website, www.RadicalCompassion.com or www.CompassionateLeadership.com
Mary Mackenzie is a Certified CNVC Trainer and author of Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion. She holds a MA degree in Human Relations and is a trained mediator.
Mary is the co-founder of the NVC Academy, an online school for learning Nonviolent Communication; and the executive director of the Peace Workshop, International, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting practical methods for living nonviolently. She teaches Nonviolent Communication to individuals, couples, and families, and offers retreats and workshops to help organizations strengthen their productivity and success.
After Sylvia’s first encounter with Marshall Rosenberg, she was sold on this work and began planting the seeds of Nonviolent Communication in the Bay Area with five other NVC enthusiasts. She became a certified trainer in 1989.
Prior to that she received her B.S. degree from University of Texas Allied Health Sciences at Houston in Nutrition and Dietetics. Once her excitement soared about sharing NVC worldwide, she completed her M.A. degree at San Francisco State University in Speech and Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication.
A client summarized: “Sylvia care about what goes into peoples' mouths and what comes out of them.”
She is the author of Eat by Choice, Not by Habit: Practical Skills for Creating a Healthy Relationship with Your Body and Food —- combining her two passions of Food and Nutrition and NVC. Sylvia's essay, Enemy Images (based on her work facilitating a Bay Area dialogue group every Sunday for a year and a half in the 90’s during the Oslo Accords) was published in the book, Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves. She is the future author of a book connecting NVC and the Enneagram.
Sylvia offers training worldwide — she most enjoys turning people on to NVC and supporting their growth in this consciousness —- she now serves CNVC (Center for Nonviolent Communication) as an assessor/advocate to support the next generation of certified trainers.
My introduction to Nonviolent Communication came in 2005 when I participated in a 3 day workshop with Marshall Rosenberg; what I heard there made my heart sing with joy and I knew right then that I wanted to learn this process and share it with others. In 2009, this journey led me receiving the designation Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.
Sharing NVC brings me so much joy and meaning and an abundance of opportunity for growth and self-discovery! I share NVC in Canada and the US at online and in-person trainings and have offered it in organizations, schools, hospitals, conferences, homeless shelters and adult recovery programs.
I am so deeply grateful for the enormous shift in my ability to connect with myself and others which NVC has inspired. As a facilitator, I enjoy blending my natural ability to connect with people, my warmth, authenticity and sense of humor to create a learning environment which is fun, energizing and inspiring.
I spend my time in Ottawa, ON, Calgary, AB and Southern California where I enjoy singing, biking, walking and hanging out with family, friends and NVCers!
After a career of many years as a civil engineer, I realized how much fear I had of change. I "had" to pay for my family, I "had" to finance my house, my insurances, my car, the vacation……. What could I do? My life seemed to be a one-way street without any alternative to civil engineering.
In 1997 I got a hunch to attend a workshop with Marshall B. Rosenberg in order to find some answers to my questions and fears. And indeed, during the first 3 day seminar I already got many answers to my concerns.
After a while I realized that understanding NVC intellectually is quite different than internalizing it! It took many years of exploring myself step by step in order connect with my feelings and needs and to be able to empathize with myself and with others.
By 2002 I had gained so much inner safety that I quit my engineering job without feelings of fear or guilt. I began to trust in my fate. Again and again I've been fascinated and grateful for the experience of things, people, inspiration and even money coming to me "by chance“.
I’ve been a certified trainer with CNVC since 2004 then in 2013 I was asked to join the CNVC assessors team for the German speaking part of Switzerland.
Since 2015, I’ve been part of the Certification Coordination Council where my role involves supporting the work of the international assessors group.
Shoshana Wheeler is a teacher, counselor, and parent educator who has been active in the field of communication for over 20 years. Shoshana is a highly acclaimed, award winning teacher. She taught for 15 years in the Conejo Valley where she was awarded "Teacher of the Month, April 2004," and the Ventura County SELPA's "Golden Bell" for her work in Inclusion with Special Education children into the mainstream classroom.
In 2003 she discovered the work of Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication, and has incorporated this practice and philosophy into all of her teachings. Founded in-part upon the principals of Nonviolent Communication, Shoshana brought to students, parents and teachers connecting communication skills, The Way of Council, 2nd Step (a violence prevention program), and Family Coaching.
Shoshana is a certified parent educator through The Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting (CNVEP). She is committed to bringing Compassionate Parenting to families everywhere.
CNVC Certified Trainer
Leadership and organizational development consultant
Chief Engagement Officer at Working Harmony, Inc.
Contributor to the University of Southern California (USC) Executive Master of Leadership Program
Faculty at the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Ventura County
Former engineer and Fortune 500 corporate manager
Personal Vision: To inspire and advance a movement for global leadership that is mindful of our interdependence.
Mission: To develop leaders for an interconnected world.
Lorraine and her colleagues at Working Harmony realize this mission by empowering people with the ability to lead by influence (versus control) and collaboration (versus domination). These qualities are developed through the lifelong practices of empathy, skillful communication and mindfulness. All of Working Harmony's training, coaching, speaking, facilitation and consulting services are designed to develop these qualities, so that leaders at all levels may achieve meaningful results for themselves, their organizations, the people they serve and the world.
Clients: United Nations, University of Southern California (USC), Special Olympics, Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison, The Nature Conservancy, Imagination Entertainment, the Asian Development Bank, United Kingdom Department for International Development, International Organization for Migration, the World Conservation Union, Ronald McDonald House
Fun Facts: Learned to surf at age 40, Plays guitar and flute in an alternative rock band, Speaks Thai, 100% Mexican descent, Worked in 9 countries, traveled in far more
Triggers: Overprocessing (Can we please move on?!)
Desired Super Power: To fly effortlessly
is a facilitator with the San Diego NVC Community, designing workshops and gatherings for the past nine years. He hosts group conversations using tools such as World Cafe, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology. John's interests include applying empathy and needs based inquiry in organizational settings. He has experience in mediation and interest based negotiation. He helps individual and group clients by coaching them in using creativity and collaborative problem solving. You can reach John at John.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-877-3243
Rodger Sorrow Organizer
I’m a certified trainer for The Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2001. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has changed my life. It gave me a process to understand what was going on inside me and express it without criticizing, blaming or making others wrong. NVC has given me the tools to differentiate between what was happening and the story I was making up about it. This opened the door to authenticity and accountability as I connected to my feelings and values and became empowered to express my truth openly and vulnerably. At the same time there was now space inside me for others. I can now hear others and what’s alive in their hearts. This process is powerful and can support individuals, couples, groups and organizations find more connection and the win-win in any situation.