Tzofnat Peleg-Baker is a conflict resolution scholar and a practitioner, who is driven to construct sustainable conflict-safe and diversified realities for stakeholders to thrive through meaningful collaborative engagement. After a decade as a senior marketing and advertising executive in leading international corporations in the U.S. and in Israel, and recognizing the crucial role of constructive relationships for learning and growth, she passionately pursued this interest in two complementary paths: professionally and academically. Professionally, Tzofnat has coached and guided individuals and organizations as a consultant, trainer, facilitator and organizational therapist. She also assisted schools to transform to learning communities by designing and systemically incorporating democratic values, processes, and collaborative organizational structures. Being among the first certified mediators in Israel, she has been a business and community mediator. As the Head of the Strategic Department of the Conflict Resolution and Mediation Center at the Israeli Ministry of Justice, and as a member of the national Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) team, Tzofnat introduced and promoted ADR and mediation in diverse domains, including government, family, business and organizational. As a Board member and a facilitator in non-profit organizations dedicated to inter-group dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs, and secular and religious groups, she promoted sustainable peaceful cultures by helping these groups to acquire a long-lasting dialogic stance and skills for building peaceful ways of living together. Among others, she worked with Besod Siach (secret of dialogue), Tzav Pius (conciliation order), One Voice- an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of Israelis and Palestinian, and Ma'agal Hakshava (listening circle)- the Council. Tzofnat earned a B.A in Sociology and Communications from the Hebrew University, an M.A in Communications from Indiana University, and an M.A. in Psychology with specialization in conflict resolution and mediation from Rutgers University, where she also completed all doctorate requirements except for a dissertation (ABD). She has researched, taught and guided students in conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation. Her areas of interest include a systemic and constructive approach to conflict engagement, improving mediators’ expertise through reflective processing, addressing social-psychological goals in mediation, and cultivating learning through organizational collaborative practices. She is the author of papers and professional articles on these topics. Tzofnat works on a doctoral dissertation on the conditions for sustainable collaborative relations and conflict safe environments. Specialties and interests: relational and conflict-safe cultures for promoting inclusion of diversity, a systemic and constructive approach to conflict engagement and mediation, cultivating learning through organizational collaborative routines and practices, social emotional intelligence in the workplace, reflection on unconscious assumptions and emotional psychological biases for fostering long-lasting relations and reaching fullest potential.
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