Thank you to all of the people who either joined or renewed their memberships in the month of October & November with SCMA!!
Yours in service,
Dear SCMA Colleagues:
The fall season is here and brings with it many possibilities and opportunities to end the year on a high note! This has been a great year of growth and new opportunities for SCMA, shaped in large part by your responses to the Membership Survey we conducted earlier this year. We have reviewed and processed the survey results and are happy to share a summary of the results with you. View survey results below!
As a result of your responses to the survey, we have developed a 4-point action plan that includes:
- In 2020, develop a new website (with an enhanced backend administrative infrastructure) that is easier to navigate and provides more value to our members;
- Deliver more programming online and via webinars;
- Continue to develop programs that assist members in developing their skills, build their practices, and that provide networking opportunities; and
- Grow and enhance member benefits.
We also considered your survey responses in planning our 31st Annual Mediation Conference on November 1-2, 2019 at the L.A. Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s conference and theme is all about YOU – “The Twenty-First Century Mediator: Take Your Practice to the Next Level!”
Here are just a few reasons you should plan to attend the conference:
- To gain the latest insights, tools, and skills for developing and growing your mediation practice from some of the top leaders and professionals in the field.
- Our sister organization the Mediator Certification Consortium of California (MC3) will educate attendees on the application process and the specific requirements attendees will need to get certified when MC3 launches later this Fall. View workshop here. SCMA congratulates MC3 on the launch of its new website, where you can obtain more information on certification.
- The opportunity to hear from two of the top thought leaders and influencers in the mediation field – Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, the 2019 L. Randolph Lowry Award Recipient, and Professor Leonard Riskin, the creator of the Riskin Mediation Grid and the 2019 Cloke-Millen Award Recipient.
- Our Advanced Track, led by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), which will focus on the seven (7) mediator behaviors and techniques that parties, and advocates find both appealing and unappealing, effective and less effective, based on cutting-edge studies.
- Workshop presentations from the mediation and dispute resolution leaders from three leading universities – California State University, Dominguez Hills – Negotiations, Conflict Resolution & Peace Program; Pepperdine University School of Law – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; and the USC Gould School of Law – Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
- Our sister organization Kids Managing Conflict (KMC) will present on peer mediation and restorative justice in our K-12 schools, along with their annual silent auction and wine pull fundraiser. View Workshop Here.
- Available MCLE Credits.
- Networking with other mediation and dispute resolution professionals.
- Preparing to take your mediation practice to the next level in 2020!
- A great location, with great food and convenient parking.
If you have not had a chance to register for the conference, be sure to take advantage of our Early Bird rates which will end on October 15, 2019!
Become a sponsor, exhibitor, or provide swag for the conference bags!!
In closing, I would like to thank longtime SCMA friend and colleague Lee Jay Berman for being the featured speaker for our SCMA “How I Made It” webinar on September 13, 2019. Lee Jay provided excellent insights for developing and growing our mediation practices. Many thanks to SCMA Board Member Richard Erhard for moderating the webinar, and to SCMA Member and former Executive Director Anne Sawyer for facilitating the technology for the webinar. To purchase and view the webinar, along with past SCMA “How I Made It” and other webinars, click here.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your SCMA President.
Yours in service,
Angela Reddock-Wright, Esq.
SCMA President 2019
Membership Survey Results
Thank you to all of the people who either joined or renewed their memberships in the month of September with SCMA!!
Yours in service,
Dear SCMA Colleagues:
I hope you found time to reenergize and rejuvenate over the summer and to spend time with family and friends. The last quarter of the year is upon us and SCMA is ready! Here are a few updates to ensure you are ready for your fall with SCMA.
First, a few kudos to our SCMA Members:
- Thank you to SCMA Board Members Terri Breer and Susan Guthrie as well as Laura McGee for your leadership in planning our 2nd Annual Family Mediation Institute. From the speakers to the exhibitors, this event was amazing and is quickly becoming one of the top family law mediation programs around.
- Thank you SCMA Board Member Mitch Tarighati and past SCMA Board Member David Levaton for continuing to lead our SCMA Mentorship Program. We are excited to have nine students in our current mentorship co-hort.
- Thank you to SCMA Members Doug Spoors and Marvin Whistler for chairing our Annual Summer Soiree at the Proud Bird. We had a great time celebrating our former Executive Director Anne Sawyer and networking with fellow SCMA members and friends.
- Congratulations to SCMA Past President Forrest “Woody” Mosten on his well-deserved Life Time Achievement Award from the Academy of Professional Family Mediators.
- Kudos to SCMA Board Member Ana Sambold on her recent invitation by the Singapore government to join in the Signing Ceremony of the Singapore Convention on Mediation which took place in August.
- Thank you to SCMA Member Cherry Destura for her vision in starting our first weekend Professional Development Group in Long Beach. The inaugural meeting was a great success.
Be sure to place the following SCMA events on your calendar:
- September 13, 2019 – “How I Made It” Webinar Episode #2, featuring Master Mediator Lee Jay Berman and hosted by SCMA Board Member & Program Committee Chair Richard Erhard. To learn more and to register, click here.
- November 1 & 2, 2019 – 31st SCMA Annual Conference. To take advantage of Early Bird registrations, click here. We look forward to honoring professors Carrie Menkel-Meadow and Leonard Riskin and having the American Arbitration Association lead our Advanced Track workshop for a second year. General workshop and other announcements will be made soon!
- September 15, 2019 – SCMA Board of Directors Election – The Board nominations period has closed. Thank you to everyone who accepted a nomination to run for the board. Please be on the lookout for the election ballot and plan to make your membership count by voting. (Members Only!)
- Professional Development Groups (PDGs) – Of course, we encourage you to continue to attend and support our PDG’s at locations near you in Downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County, Sherman Oaks, South Bay Los Angeles/Manhattan Beach, Ventura/Camarillo, and West Los Angeles. To find a PDG near you, click here.
SCMA is Hiring!
On a final note, SCMA is recruiting for an Administrative Assistant. Please have any interested candidates email an interest letter and resume to President-Elect Andy Shelby and me to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing each of you at the 31st Annual Conference! Enjoy these last few days of summer, and please do hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments at email@example.com or (213) 996-8474. I continue to be grateful for the opportunity to serve as your SCMA President.
Yours in service,
SCMA President 2019
Thank you to all of the people who either joined or renewed their memberships in the month of August with SCMA!!
SCMA is seeking to fulfill the position of part-time Administrative Assistant for the organization. This is an at-will position of the organization.
Summary of Job Position
This position provides administrative support for the day-to-day operations and for all events, programs, and services offered by SCMA. He/She also reports to the President of the SCMA Board of Directors.
- Provides administrative support to the SCMA Board President. This includes, but is not limited to, coordinating the logistics for the monthly board meetings, maintaining board member and committee reports and rosters, updating the President on activities in the organization that the Administrative Assistant is involved with, and coordinating meetings as needed.
- Provides administrative support to the SCMA President-Elect and other board members as needed.
- Provides administrative and project management support for SCMA events.
- Daily checking and response to SCMA voicemails. Receive and respond to SCMA mail and email communications.
- Processes membership requests and event registration requests when members need assistance.
- Provides information and/or researches information for people who call or write into the organization about SCMA membership, benefits, services, or events.
- Establish registration page for events in the organizations current CRM system (Fundly). Note: SCMA will train the selected candidate on this system.
- Support updating of the SCMA social media pages and communications.
- Update and enhance the administrative process manual as needed.
- Other duties as determined by the SCMA Board President.
- Strong computer and technical skills.
- Expertise in the Microsoft WORD Suite, including Excel.
- Strong writing and communication skills, including the ability to draft basic communications to the SCMA Board, Members and related persons or entities.
- Ability to run reports from various data base platforms.
- Create surveys using the Survey Monkey program.
- Knowledge of on-line meeting programs such as Zoom.
- Meeting and event Coordination skills and background.
- Social Media Management.
- Project management.
- Pro-active planning.
- Excellent customer service skills and interface.
- Ability to work with a diverse group of mediators.
- General understanding of the mediation community and mediation as a practice. The ability to understand basic mediation terms and processes.
- Experience with CRMs such as Fundly, Wild Apricot, or Memberclicks.
- Familiar with websites for updating. This is not looking for a website designer but someone who is aware when parts of the website require updating.
- BA/BS degree.
- Mediation Degree and/or training in mediation.
Pay and Hours
- Pay range is $16.00 to $20.00 per hour.
- Normal work week will be 15 hours per week (3 hours per day, Monday through Friday). Hours may be expanded and include evenings or Saturdays for events. Daily start times and stop times may vary based on meetings or events.
- For the first three (3) months the selected candidate will work through Manpower Services on a contract labor basis to SCMA.
Application Timeline and Submittal Process
SCMA is an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about SCMA, visit www.scmediation.org.
Thank you to all of the people who either joined or renewed their memberships in the month of July with SCMA!!
The SCMA 2019 Summer Soiree Was A Roaring Success!
Many thanks to those who attended our SCMA 2019 Summer Soiree at the historic Proud Bird Restaurant and Events Center! We had a great time networking and connecting with our colleagues in the mediation community. A special thanks to SCMA Members Doug Spoors and Marvin Whistler for their outstanding leadership in planning the event – we could not have done it without them.
Joined by past SCMA Presidents Wendy Kramer and Jason Harper, the highlight of the evening was honoring Anne Sawyer and thanking her for her many years of service as the SCMA Executive Director. We wish Anne well and continued success!
We also were privileged to acknowledge our recent Mentorship Program graduates. Thank you to David Levaton, former SCMA Board Member and co-Leader of the Mentorship Program, for joining us and making the presentation.
We were grateful to have many of our mediation leaders join us, including Professor Stephanie Blondell of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, Jennifer Cummings, the new Director of the United States District Court Central District Mediation Program, Cherry-Marie B. Destura, head of the EEOC’s Mediation Program, and Shaphan Roberts, Director of the City of Los Angeles Dispute Resolution Program.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Summer Soiree and please do not forget to SAVE THE DATE and plan to register for our 31st SCMA Annual Conference on November 1 and 2, 2019 at the LA Grand Hotel! Details coming soon.
Thank you again to everyone for coming out!
Thank you to all of the people who either joined or renewed their memberships in the month of June with SCMA!!
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