Alternative Spring Break at NCRC

Monday morning orientation with alternative spring break students from WNE law school.

March 13, 2017

We are thrilled to have 20 students from Western New England University Law School with us for an entire week!

They have come to Nashville to volunteer their time and energy with us during their spring break, earning pro bono credit hours required for school and learning the inside workings of a mediation center. They are a bit crowded here at the office, so we’ve divided them into two groups: each day, one group will be based at the office, and the other group will be based at Nelson Mullins. Spending time at Nelson Mullins is a wonderful opportunity for them; we are grateful to Brendi Kaplan (our Board President-Elect) for providing a conference room for the entire week.

So what can law students do for NCRC? Among other things, they are working in teams to research and gather information on mediation across TN, with particular attention paid to non-profit centers and groups that work with underserved communities. They are gathering information on the cost to litigate cases across the state; the counties that have passed the Dollar Bill legislation supporting mediation centers; the mediation stats and demographics of all organizations currently receiving funding from the AOC, etc.

Honestly, these students are amazing–they radiate positive energy and intelligence and drive. Stop by this week if you want to see them in action!


Congrats to our Executive Director

February 17. 2017

NCRC Board Members Jessica Scouten (KraftCPAs), Josh Denton (GSRM), and Brendi Kaplan (Nelson Mullins) with Exec Director Sara Figal.


We promised to post a few pics from the “2017 Women of Influence” awards ceremony last week at the Omni Nashville Hotel. As it turned out, we had so much fun playing hooky worked so hard at this mid-day event that we didn’t get many pictures. Suffice it to say that we are grateful to the Nashville Business Journal for putting together a top-notch event; to GSRM for hosting our raucous very serious and professional table; to Judge Sheila Calloway (who earned a special shout-out from the podium during the Mayor’s address) and Mollie Henry (MHPR) for joining us; and to Kelly McGill of KGV Studios, who made all of the honorees–even our own Sara Figal–feel comfortable in front of a video camera (see clip below).




2017 Women of Influence Award

The Nashville Business Journal has announced the winners of the 11th annual Women of Influence Award, and they will honor our own Executive Director, Sara Figal, in the nonprofit leadership category. For 10 years, the award has recognized the women in Middle Tennessee who are shaping their companies, improving our communities, and paving the way for the next generation of influential female leaders.
The 11th annual Women of Influence Award luncheon takes place in Nashville on February 8, 2017, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Omni Nashville Hotel. GSRM (the law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson and Martin) is generously hosting our table, so look for their table sign and come say hello if you are there!
Tickets are available on the NBJ website. We’ll be sure to post pictures of the event.


Here it is: the NCRC Impact Map for the second quarter of the fiscal year. The figures represent participants who mediated with us in September-December of 2016.


December 1, 2016


Today I’m linking our blog to that of Dan Haile (Haile Coaching & Leadership). He writes on “The Other ‘F’ Word” with brevity, wit, and wisdom. As a bonus, Dan ends his posts with a practice exercise that is always worth some thought. Pretty great, isn’t it?


Among my favorite socks, made by Blue Q, a company that donates to doctors without borders.

Socks by Blue Q. I’ve given many, many of these as gifts.

Here is the beginning of Dan’s 3-minute read:


In nearly every coaching relationship we have, there comes a point when we must discuss the dreaded, four-letter “F” word. This uncomfortable word strikes fear in the hearts of nearly every professional we’ve ever worked with, filling their heads with all manner of nightmarish visions of office embarrassment and censure.

I’m not talking about the “F” word that would’ve gotten your mouth washed out with soap when you were a kid.

I’m talking about a word that impacts every single leader’s life, every day—whether they acknowledge it or not.

The word is… feel.

Continue reading here…

Thanks, Dan.