Our Team
Why Eque
The consultants that make up our team are some of the most experienced people in the field with years of experience helping professionals and organizations manage communication successfully.

They are more than just trainers—
they inspire by their deep personal commitment to improving the ways people live and work together.

Most have taught at Harvard Law School or the Harvard Program in Law and have consulted with The Harvard Negotiation Project. They also consult with other conflict management firms such as Vantage Partners, Triad Consulting, Insight Partners and others.
To see a short bio, please roll your curser over the names to the left.
Stevenson is the director of Eque, and an independent trainer and consultant in the fields of negotiation, communication, and dispute resolution. Much of his work focuses on strategic relationship management for corporations such as Goldman Sachs, BP Amoco, L.L. Bean, Citigroup, IBM, PWC, Microsoft and Deloitte & Touche. Stevenson has worked with scores of Fortune 500 companies both in the US and abroad. In addition to teaching, Stevenson also designs programs, consults and coaches executives.

For five years, Stevenson was an instructor at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, where he taught the Advanced Negotiation Workshop. It was here that he first began working with Doug Stone, Sheila Heen and Bruce Patton as they were working on the book, Difficult Conversations. Before coming to the field of conflict resolution, Stevenson was Associate Professor of Theater and Chair of the Department of Theater at Connecticut College. He has also taught negotiation at Georgetown University Law School.
Robert Bordone is the Thaddeus R. Beal Lecturer on Law and Deputy Director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. His teaching on negotiation and dispute resolution has direct international application and draws heavily on international cases. Bob has taught or trained lawyers in negotiation in Oslo, London, Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo. In addition to his teaching duties at Harvard, Bob also has extensive consulting and training experience. He has worked with organizations as diverse as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gap, Inc., Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Richard Cohen is a consultant and trainer in the fields of mediation, negotiation and conflict management. He has worked with clients in the corporate (technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail), health care, education and governmental sectors. Mr. Cohen has served as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Massachusetts and Cambridge College, where he taught courses on negotiation, mediation and dispute systems design. Mr. Cohen founded School Mediation Associates, the first organization dedicated to teaching mediation skills to educators and young people. His books are used by educators around the world, and he has personally trained over 10,000 people to be mediators. Mr. Cohen mediates workplace discrimination disputes for the US Postal Service’s REDRESS Program. He holds a Masters in Psychology.
Christian Driscoll, Eque Director of Sales, has a long business practice of principled negotiation and effective communication, particularly in the field of real estate. In 2003 he built his own brokerage house in New London, CT. Subsequently he merged his business with William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty. Currently, he manages a regional office in Stonington, CT.
Co-founder of Mobius Executive Leadership, a national training company focusing on communication and negotiation theory. Amy is a trainer and executive coach with wide experience consulting for corporations and non-profit organizations. She has a Masters in Counseling and is certified in both Emotional Intelligence and SAVI, enabling her to introduce her clients to systematic frameworks for improving their interpersonal communication. She has worked as a senior trainer and organizational consultant for firms building on the work of the Harvard Negotiation Project - pioneering the development and application to the corporate context of theories and tools for negotiating, managing conflict and building effective working relationships.
Erica Ariel Fox, JD is an attorney and management consultant who specializes in conflict intervention, leadership development and organizational change. She is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where she teaches negotiation to law and other graduate students. For over a decade Ms. Fox has been working with the internationally acclaimed Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (PON), working with executives, diplomats and lawyers. During that time she focused much of her efforts on improving senior leaders’ abilities to tackle challenging interactions. Currently her work with PON focuses on directing the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative (HNII). The Insight Initiative explores modern applications of ancient wisdom to high-level negotiations and disputes. Ms.Fox consults to a wide range of clients, from organizational leaders at an international insurance firm to leaders at the World Bank.
Sharon helps executives and senior teams develop the collaboration and communication skills that drive their business success with particular focus on helping clients create value through better handling of conflict. Ms. Grady has led an international financial institution through the communication challenges of a merger; guided the senior team of a global communications firm through the creation of a compelling corporate vision, and created $69 million in revenue opportunity for an international retailer by coaching a client team through the redesign of internal communication flows. Sharon began her career in Washington, DC, where she served as staff aide to U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff and press secretary to US Congresswoman Barbara B. Kennelly. Sharon has worked with such diverse clients as Ford, Merck, IBM, DuPont, Sears, Royal Bank of Canada, US West, MIT, Harvard Business School, American Express, Amgen, Wachovia Bank, Consolidated Freightways.
Michele works with corporate and public sector organizations linking communication and creativity to business strategy. Before becoming independant, Ms. Gravelle was the Director of Corporate Education at Vantage Partners, a consulting firm affiliated with the Harvard Negotiation Project. Michele currently consults on behalf of a number of training organizations including Eque and has consulted with many global corporations in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, finance, pharmaceutical, communications, and technology. Michele is a contributing author to the newly published book, Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Path to Leadership. Some of the clients she has worked with include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Centex Homes, DeBeers Diamonds, Fidelity Investments, GE Capital, Lahey Clinic, Lexmark, Prudential, United Airlines and Zales Jewelers.
Stacy's work has spanned a variety of contexts, from supporting a consensus building process for a large public infrastructure project to using "sports diplomacy" to foster warmer relations between the United States and Iran.

Stacy's clients include Morgan Stanley, Marsh & McLennan, Boeing, General Mills, and Land O' Lakes. In the public sector, she works with emerging leaders in Dubai, UNAIDS, the Singapore Police Force, World Bank employees, and newly elected parliamentarians in Ethiopia.

Stacy has worked with cadets at the Citadel, with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot students, and with coeds at Northeastern University, Boston College, and American University. Stacy is an experienced facilitator and a certified mediator, and has published two articles on links between community conflict, development, and microfinance.
Peter Hiddema is a consultant who advises individuals, corporate executives, government officials and labor representatives on strategy for complex, multi-party negotiations. He has facilitated strategic planning negotiations and mediated labor disputes, and conducts workshops on negotiation strategy and managing difficult conversations. His work has taken him from the industrial shop floor to senior executive suites, from suburban school districts to federal government departments. In the private sector, he regularly works with Fortune 500 global companies in a number of industries including financial & professional services, technology & telecommunications, health care, transportation and manufacturing. In the public sector, Mr. Hiddema's experience spans the local, regional, and national levels.
Jeffrey Kerr, M.S.W., LICSW is senior member of Triad Consulting team and the Director of HumanMatters, a consulting and training company that specializes in communication enhancement, strategic relationship management and executive coaching and is a leading member of a leadership development initiative at The Monitor Consulting Group. He travels nationally and internationally, assisting corporations to develop the communication skills that support business success. Clients include: Merck, Conoco, Merrill Lynch, Amerada Hess, BP, Xilinx, Citrix, Genentech and Honda.

In addition to consulting in the private sector, Jeffrey consults to Boston area health and mental health centers, where he helps individuals and work groups to design, improve and repair attitudes, relationships and strategic alliances. He is also a guest lecturer at the Harvard Business School and teaches in HBS’s Executive Education Program.
Gwen an international trainer and coach with twenty years of experience teaching professionals to negotiate, communicate and broker differences collaboratively across cultural and corporate boundaries. Her purpose is to provide dynamic development programs that effectively blend proven theory with practical and sustainable skill building.

Gwen's professional experience is diverse and she has worked as a Senior Associate for Goodrich and Sherwood, Partners In Human Resources International, Vantage Partners and The Alternative Dispute Resolution Center in Rome. She has facilitated training programs in 17 countries for clients including: IBM, Proctor and Gamble, Lexmark, HBO, MTV, DDB, Fidelity, Pfizer, sanofi-aventis and McGraw-Hill. Recently, in collaboration with the ADR Center, she designed and facilitated a 3 day negotiation and communication program for the global senior management team of Diesel, an Italian fashion company.
Audrey J. Lee specializes in applying interest-based negotiation principles to the design and delivery of interactive skills courses for lawyers and other professionals. Most of her work focuses on designing and teaching hands-on courses and workshops on professionalism, diversity, negotiation, communication, and mediation. Through her consulting practice, Audrey works with law firms, governmental agencies, educational institutions, law schools, and non-profits. As a consultant for the Commission on Professionalism of the Illinois Supreme Court, Audrey designed and facilitated interactive CLE courses in the areas of professionalism, diversity, and civility.

Currently, Audrey teaches interest-based negotiation skills and strategies to law students as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Law School and DePaul University College of Law. 
 She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. 

Mr. McWhinney is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Insight Partners. Mr. McWhinney works with an extensive client base, providing consulting and training services to corporate executives, professionals and government officials in the United States, Canada, South and Central America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Europe. He specializes in advising corporate executives on negotiation in the financial services, pharmaceutical, insurance and technology sectors.

Recognized as an international expert in mediation, negotiation and conflict management, he is a special advisor to the Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In this capacity, he advises the Chief Prosecutor on his strategic management of key relationships, including those with a United States cabinet member and representatives of the many country signatories to the Court’s charter. Mr. McWhinney also designs and delivers training to the Court’s staff.
Linda founded Align Corporation after numerous years of providing independent contracting expertise in the field. In addition she works with business, legal, and government professionals throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Her projects vary from helping The Citadel integrate women into its student body, to mediating business disputes, to helping companies develop new corporate strategies.

Prior to starting her own business, Linda practiced law at an entertainment law firm in Los Angeles and worked as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Attorney at the U.S. Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C. As an ADR attorney, her duties involved increasing the use and effectiveness of negotiation, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution processes within the Postal Service. She also mediated federal contract and employment disputes and facilitated sessions on changing federal rules and regulations.
Monica Parker is a dispute resolution consultant and the founder of LeavingTheLaw.com, an organization that provides career coaching for dissatisfied lawyers. Monica has served as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School teaching the negotiation course for law students. She has also served as a member of the teaching team for the executive version of the course at the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law. In her consulting practice, Monica provides negotiation and communication training for a variety of clients. She has conducted workshops for Goldman Sachs, IBM, Deloitte & Touche, and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.
Scott R. Peppet is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches negotiation, conflict resolution and ethics. At Harvard, Scott taught the Negotiation Workshop for several years and co-taught a new course titled “Arbitration, Mediation, and Dispute Systems Design.” In addition to his academic work, Scott has an active negotiation training and consulting practice. He has worked with such companies as Manulife, Lexmark, IBM, MasterCard, Monsanto, Xilinx, LL Bean, Conoco, BP, the CIBC, Bank of Montreal, and Genentech. Scott is the author of several articles on legal ethics and dispute resolution ethics. He is the co-author of an award-winning book on negotiation titled Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes (Harvard University Press, 2000) and of a textbook titled Processes of Dispute Resolution: The Role of Lawyers (Foundation Press, 3d edition, 2002).
John Richardson was for many years an Associate of at the Harvard Negotiation Project and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. John has also taught Negotiation at MIT's Sloan School, and the Boston College Carroll School of Management, where his course received the highest ratings ever received by a BC faculty member.

John's corporate consulting and negotiation training clients include Ropes& Gray, Monsanto, BankAmerica, and AT&T. In the public sector, John has worked with the Virginia Military Institute, The Department of Justice, the Archdiocese of Medellin, Columbia, Israeli negotiators in Cambridge, and Palestinian leaders in the West Bank.

John wrote Getting It Done (HarperBusiness 1999) with Roger Fisher and Alan Sharpe. With Howard Raiffa of the Harvard Business School, he wrote Negotiation Analysis (Harvard University Press, 2003).
Rob is the Director of the Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is also a former Executive Director of the Conflict Management Group and served as an Associate Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School.

At UWM, Rob teaches negotiation and international mediation and peacebuilding through the Communication Department. Rob has worked with officials all over the world to help resolve conflict. He has worked with political parties in the new Iraqi Parliament and has been involved in peacebuilding interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Georgia, Colombia, South Africa, and elsewhere. Rob has also written widely on negotiation and peace processes including editing a volume of Accord entitled “Choosing to Engage: armed groups and peace processes.” In a wide variety of corporate settings, Rob has done consulting, mediation, and training in negotiation, creating a value-based client relationship, and managing difficult conversations.
David Seibel is co-founder and President of Insight Partners, and brings his broad base of expertise to help individuals and organizations articulate their key interests and find creative options to meet them. He is an attorney, a conflict management consultant and a mediator specializing in commercial and family contexts, Mr. Seibel’s conflict management practice includes more than a decade of public and private service. He has taught corporate and non-profit clients all over the world, most recently at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
Angelique Skoulas is a coach and consultant, specializing in the areas of negotiation, conflict management and leadership. Her corporate experience spans the financial services, banking, insurance and pharmaceutical industries and her government clients include the Department of Treasury, the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.

Angelique is affiliated with the Harvard Mediation Program at Harvard Law School where she teaches mediation and is an adjunct faculty member at Harvard School of Dental Medicine where she lectures on leadership and effective communication. Angelique’s practice is informed by her work with Professor Ronald Heifetz, known for his seminal adaptive leadership model and author of Leadership Without Easy Answers

She began her career as a dentist, while also serving on the faculty of the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry.
Mary Ann Somerville is an international consultant, executive coach and seminar leader, specializing in the fields of leadership, communication and managing difficult conversations. For the last seven years she has conducted Managing Difficult Conversations courses for a variety of corporate clients including Honda, HP, Xilinx, Genentech, BP, Conoco Phillips, and PwC.

Ms Somerville is an innovator in the field of experiential learning initiatives, designed to cultivate and expand the innate resources of her clients as individuals and as contributing members of their organizations and communities. As an executive coach, she is known for compassionate and intelligent interventions which assist her clients to transform old mindsets and behaviors into brilliant opportunities for personal fulfillment and outstanding results.
Bobbi is an independent consultant, personal coach and trainer in the field of conflict management and communication. Her training and coaching practice focuses on negotiation, effective communication and relationship management.

Bobbi earned her M.A. in Eastern European Regional Studies from Columbia University where she focused on the former Yugoslavia and the role of memory in community building within a post-conflict environment. After earning her master’s degree, Ms. Thomason was a Fulbright Scholar to Austria. Ms. Thomason continues to be involved in research on negotiation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Goverment. Ms. Thomason has lived in France and Austria and speaks both French and German.
Based in Toronto, Don designs and delivers management training programs and advises clients on negotiation strategy.

In his consulting practice, Don works with organizations on a variety of negotiation issues including those related to the development and management of key internal and external partnerships. Some of his clients include the Bank of Montreal, CIBC, the Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, the Department of Finance and Treasury Board of Canada, Falconbridge Mining, Motorola, Noranda Resources, Oppenheimer, Pillsbury, and Wood Gundy. He has also taught negotiation at Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers.
Ryan Thompson is a consultant and trainer specializing in the interest-based approach to negotiation and conflict management pioneered at the Harvard Negotiation Project. Mr. Thompson has worked with public and private sector clients in financial services, pharmaceuticals, law, and manufacturing in North America, Europe and Asia. Clients he has served include the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Bank of Montreal, Vale-Inco, Xstrata, AstraZeneca, and Maple Leaf Foods.

In addition to his full-time practice in negotiation and conflict management, Mr. Thompson provides consulting services for Intrinsik Environmental Sciences. He was recently involved in an extensive public health assessment in rural Canada where residents had potentially been exposed to arsenic emitted from a local smelter. This work, and the work in his previous position at The Cadmus Group, has given him hands-on experience in conflict management and negotiation in the areas of project management, scientific research, and public-stakeholder management.
Gillien is a consultant with Triad Consulting Group and teaches negotiation at Harvard Law School. At Harvard, she teaches the negotiation workshop for first-year students and continuing education courses for lawyers. In her consulting practice, she works with a range of organizations, from large companies to small non-profits as a trainer, consultant, and mediator.

Her private sector experience includes teaching negotiation, mediation, and communication workshops for executives across the US. Her clients have included Compaq, Gap, Deloitte & Touche, Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers - a continuing education program - she has trained practicing attorneys in negotiation and communication.
Jim Tull is a Conflict Management Specialist providing process assistance and training in the areas of negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution. He has consulted and trained in over 50 countries around the globe, helping non-profits, governments and corporations to deepen their understanding and heighten their effectiveness in the face of conflict. In the public sector, Mr. Tull has consulted to the governments of Bolivia, Guyana, Venezuela and Colombia. He has advised and trained such diverse groups as OXFAM, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade, and El Salvador’s Ministry of Education. He has worked extensively with the various UNICEF branches of the United Nations. In the private sector, Mr. Tull has designed and delivered training workshops for companies such as Major League Baseball, Haagen Dazs, and Saudi Aramco. Mr. Tull spent eight years working with Roger Fisher, co-author of the groundbreaking negotiation book, Getting to Yes, as part of the Conflict Management Group.
Rebecca Walker is an executive coach, consultant and facilitator. She built her career as an innovative and pragmatic organizational development specialist while working as a management consultant and as the Head of Learning and Development for a major financial services company on a global scale. Her focus and commitment has been to design leadership development strategies and programs that align with her clients’ business strategy to ultimately achieve sustainable results.

For fifteen years, Rebecca has provided results-driven solutions that center on improving the capacity of leaders to build and sustain positive relationships. Current and past clients and employers include Barclaycard, BSkyB, Marconi, Deloitte Consulting, PACE Global Technologies, McGraw Hill Companies, Royal Dutch Shell, Capital One and British Petroleum. Rebecca held posts at Capital One as Head of European Learning and Development and at Andersen Consulting as a Senior Manager.