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February 21, 2017

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Tampa, FL 

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Workshop Description

In mastering regulatory processes, environmental professionals working in the energy industry need to work cooperatively with stakeholders, engage in complex multi-party negotiations, respond to the public, manage project teams, work effectively inside their organizations, and build and repair relationships. This full day of training will develop more effective strategic communication, negotiation, and critical thinking skills.

Why Take This Training

People often enter negotiations armed with emotionally-charged positions - defining what they want and making assumptions about other parties’ motivations and needs.  The default approach is for all sides to work hard to stick tight to their own positions. This posturing dynamic fosters adversarial relationships that become difficult to overcome and ultimately hurt a project’s long term success. This course teaches the skills needed to gather information, identify underlying interests, and develop a problem solving strategy that is based on a realistic assessment of what is most important to all sides. Lessons learned in this training also transfer to many facets of business and personal life.

What You Will Learn

This highly interactive workshop covers critical negotiation and problem-solving skills for environmental professionals working in the energy industry.  These skills will enhance your ability to work more effectively with regulatory agencies, contractors, and interdisciplinary project teams.  The workshop will include case studies and skill-building exercises that will teach participants to:

  • Evaluate the risks and benefits of approaches to negotiation
  • Gain cooperation
  • Prevent conflict escalation
  • Communicate across worldviews
  • Assess factors enhancing opportunities for agreement
  • Maximize opportunities for agreement, while minimizing risk
  • Develop durable agreements
  • Increase capacity to problem solve and create value




Jon Berkin, PhD is a Partner  at  ERM a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. Jon has over twenty years of experience with the routing, siting, and permitting of energy projects. He has worked on projects throughout the United States. Jon is a regular presenter/trainer on environmental compliance topics at energy industry and trade association events. He has a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Hamline University School of Law.


Aimee Gourlay, JD Director of Mediation Center with the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law has been with the Center since 1994. Her work includes mediation and facilitation for public policy concerns and organizational problems, conflict assessments and dispute resolution process design. She is known for her work facilitating agreements between multiple stakeholder groups, including all levels of government, advocacy groups and corporations. Aimee serves on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals.


Workshop Schedule

 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird (before Jan 29, 2017)

    • Member: $245
    • Non-Member: $365

    Regular (After Jan 29, 2017)

    • Member: $310
    • Non-Member: $460


    • Member: $360
    • Non-Member: $510

 Registration includes comprehensive workbooks, breakfasts, lunches and refreshment breaks for all classes. 

 Hotel Information

Aloft Tampa Downtown

100 West Kennedy Blvd. 

Tampa, FL 33602

  • Room Rate: $199 (Single Occupancy)
  • Online Reservations
  • Call in Reservations: 1 (813) 898-8000
  • Block Rate Cut-off Date: January 31, 2017
  • Group Name: Southern Gas Association

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