Kathleen Oweegon is the founder of Bridges of Peace in New Mexico, providing meeting facilitation, mediation, training and consultant services throughout the US and occasionally in other countries. She also serves on the Board of the International Institute for Global Leadership.
Kathleen has been a trainer in communication and leadership skills for over 35 years, working with institutions and in the private sector. She has been contracted by organizations to design customized trainings in interpersonal communication, conflict management, tele-marketing and customer service-related skills.
Kathleen has received over 250 hours of training in conflict resolution and management, and has created, co-designed and delivered many trainings in mediation, facilitation and conflict-free communication. In 2004 she authored “Create a Better Tomorrow” – a training on conflict-free communication skills. In 2008, she co-authored “Facilitating With Finesse” – a 5-day facilitation training. She has provided her trainings to businesses, non-profits and conferences worldwide.
Because of her skill as a conflict resolution specialist, Kathleen’s work as a facilitator is often sought for meetings where conflict is anticipated. She has facilitated numerous Town Halls for New Mexico First, supporting stakeholders in arriving at consensus on controversial issues that affect the State of New Mexico and its residents, such as Education Reform, Watershed Restoration, Health Care Reform, Transportation and Energy, to name a few.
As a senior contract facilitator for the City of Albuquerque City Attorney’s Office (ADR Division), Kathleen facilitates Land Use cases involving developers and the neighbors most affected by the proposed development.
Kathleen also facilitates Strategic Planning and teambuilding sessions for several government agencies, as well as for private organizations and non-profits statewide.
Her mediation and facilitation work is focused on bringing seemingly discordant voices together in collaborations that produce wisdom, growth and harmony, and result in the greatest number of needs being met for the greatest number of individuals.