The Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals has launched its inaugural Leadership Institute, designed to provide an opportunity for select FACP members to build upon existing leadership skills while helping them develop professional networks within Florida’s collaborative community.
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Inc., is a not-for-profit, state-wide association of professionals from a variety of fields, including law, who use the collaborative process for dispute resolution.
“Leadership training is an important function for any organization, but that’s especially true for FACP in continuing the growth of collaborative dispute resolution in Florida,” said FACP President Edward Sachs. “We want our best and brightest to serve as beacons for peaceful problem-solving in their communities.”
Participants convened for their first session at FACP’s annual conference in May in Orlando. Throughout the upcoming year, regular meetings and projects will be managed via video conference, with a mid-year, in-person session in September. The final convocation and graduation will be at the FACP 2020 annual conference when the second institute class will begin.
“We received more applications than we have seats,” said Dr. Deborah Day, co-chair of FACP’s Leadership Institute Committee. “For the first year, we are thrilled to have seen such enthusiastic ambition from our membership. It goes to show that collaborative professionals are committed to building a collaborative process across Florida.”
Dr. Day and attorney Adam Cordover, co-chair, developed the curriculum and guide the participants.
“Some of the LI students have been practicing for years, and some are just beginning their careers, with a tremendous diversity of backgrounds,” Cordover said. “That cross-section of our organization speaks to the cultural significance of collaborative dispute resolution. We hope the program offers stability to FACP’s leadership succession, but we also see it as an opportunity to have a positive impact throughout the state when our leaders use their new skills locally.”
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