December 29, 2011

IOA Announces Keynote Speakers for 2012 Conference

The International Ombudsman Association has announced that its annual conference in Houston will feature keynote speeches by: Michael Dues, Sherry D. Williams, and David Yamada. The seventh annual IOA conference is set for April 15-18, 2012, in Houston, Texas.

Michael Dues is a Lecturer at the University of Arizona and a management consultant. Dues studies and teaches organizational communication, conflict management, and argumentation. He developed the Conflict Climate Inventory, an instrument for assessing the influence of an organization’s culture on its members’ conflict management behavior. He is active in applying knowledge of organizational communication to assist non-profit community organizations with strategic planning and team development.

Sherry D. Williams, Esq., is the Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Halliburton. She serves on the Halliburton Legal Management Team, the governing body that determines the function and development of Halliburton’s Global Law Department, and oversees the company’s global compliance function. Williams is a frequent speaker on many topics, including corporate governance, client management and client development for outside counsel, legal training best practices, career management, ethics and leadership, and diversity.

David C. Yamada is a tenured Professor of Law and founding Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Yamada is an internationally recognized authority on the legal implications of workplace bullying and he drafted the Healthy Workplace Bill, which has been introduced in over a dozen state legislatures.

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