Kids Managing Conflict is pleased to announce that Ken Cloke and Joan Goldsmith have joined the advi

We are honored to have them help coach and guide us as the organization continues to grow and thrive.

Ken Cloke

Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center of Dispute Resolution, and a mediator, arbitrator, consultant, and trainer, specializing in resolving multiparty conflicts and designing dispute resolution system for organizations for almost 40 years. He is the author of Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution; Resolving Conflicts at Work: Ten Strategies for Everyone on the Job; Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflicts: Stories of Transformation and Forgiveness; The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey Toward the Heart of Conflict; Conflict Revolution: Designing Preventative Systems for Chronic Social, Economic and Political Conflicts; The Dance of Opposites: An Exploration into Mediation, Dialogue and Systems Design, and several others. His book, Politics, Dialogue and the Evolution of Democracy: How to Discuss Race, Abortion, Immigration, Gun Control, Climate Change, Same Sex Marriage and Other Hot Topics was published in Fall 2018. He holds BA and JD degrees from UC Berkeley, and PhD and LL.M. degrees from UCLA. He did post-doctoral work at Yale, is a graduate of the National Judicial College, and teaches at USC, Pepperdine University, Southern Methodist University and Saybrook University. He was founder and first President of Mediators Beyond Borders.

Meet Joan Goldsmith

Joan Goldsmith, M.A., Doctor of Humane Letters, has been an educator, facilitator, coach, mediator and organizational consultant with public and private sector organizations for over forty years, specializing in leadership, board development, organizational change, team building, strategic planning, collaborative negotiation and conflict resolution.

She was the founder of Cambridge College, an undergraduate and graduate school for adult professionals. She became a family therapist in the late 1960’s, and was a member of the faculty at Harvard University, where she directed the Masters of Arts in Teaching program. She is an adjunct faculty member Southern Methodist University and Pepperdine University Law School, Straus Insitute and has been an adjunct professor at UCLA, Antioch University and Tokyo University Medical School.

She is a Life Trustee of Cambridge College and Chair of the Board of Theatre Comique. She is a founding Board member of Mediators Beyond Borders and has been a member of the boards of the National Coro Foundation, The National Teachers Network, Mar Vista Family Center and Deaf Self-Help. She is founder of Women Writers: Finding Ones Voice and A Woman’s Renaissance: Coming into One’s Own. She has been a consultant in strategic planning and leadership development for major global corporations, including Deutche Bank, Viacom, Morgan Stanley, Verizon and Del Cabo Farms. She has been an advisor and consultant to school districts and teachers unions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark, Albuquerque, Chicago, Santa Barbara, New York City, and Newark.

As an expert on leadership development, she has coached executives of corporate and non-profit organizations in skill development and advised on programs, strategies and initiatives in their organizations. Since 2001 she has been the creator, director and teacher of a program: Women Leaders: Creating Ourselves at the Crossroads. Women leaders from many countries and diverse roles have attended sessions in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Tucson, Park City, Baltimore, Edinburgh, London, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Harare, Zimbabwe. This Program has been offered for academic credit at Southern Methodist University, Tokyo University Medical School; and Cambridge College.