What is your business and where is it?
I am peacemaker based in Trevose, Pennsylvania. For me being a peacemaker first and foremost means that I do not go to Court. I do, however, serve my clients as a mediator; as a collaborative lawyer; and as a teacher of conflict resolution skills.
As a mediator, I create space for people to have difficult conversations. I do not make decisions as to what those conversations are about or what is their outcome. In my divorce mediation practice, I focus on holding compassionate space for the couple while providing a structure for a constructive, meaningful and productive dialogue.
What’s your business and where is it?
I’m a mediator and conflict coach working mostly in divorce and custody. My business is Progressive Conflict Solutions, located in Media, PA - the heart of Delaware County.
What motivates you to make divorce more healthy?
I’m divorced myself and have had 50-50 custody of my two sons, now 15 and 17, for 11 years. Seeing how well my family transitioned after divorce, people often approached me to ask about how I managed to have a “good divorce” and co-parent so successfully.
By Sharon Pastore
With just under 5 months to go to our first Make Divorce Healthier Symposium, I decided it’s time to get the thought leader conversation going.
I’ll start with full disclosure. (Makes sense since that’s considered a fundamental part of a healthy divorce process.)
So why did I choose to hold a full-day event? Truth be told, I tried to talk myself out of it. I dislike planning events. They’re deadline-driven, stress-inducing activities. The whole process is fixated on turnout, or how many are registered. On top of that, I have to fill up my calendar with committee meetings. All this without knowing exactly whether this will contribute directly to my bottom line (although both gut and experience remind me it’s about way more than that.).