2021 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 27 - Friday, January 29, 2021

"I find no group that’s more capable of defining problems and organizing teams to solve problems than in the business community… I just don’t see that kind of leadership in academia, I don’t see it in our federal level, elected officials or anywhere else."

– General James Mattis

General James Mattis shared some compelling thoughts on the role of the ADR community during his "Leading In Conflict – Lessons Learned" Q&A at the CPR 2021 Annual Meeting. If you missed this, or just want to take a second look, along with President & CEO Allen Waxman’s opening remarks and the keynote presentation by CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash, see below for our Annual Meeting video. Dana Bash starts at 18:00; General Mattis starts at 1:03:41.


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PREVENT! Resolution Without Dispute

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes. 

What if you could prevent disputes thereby preventing litigation costs? Preserve relationships?  Keep employees and professionals focused on business purpose?  Stay on track with your business goals?

A dispute is not inevitable.  But it can be detrimental.  Commercial disputes – like all conflict that escalates into hardened “do or die” positions – wreak havoc on parties.  High costs, distractions, and delays of traditional litigation can damage the health of an organization and can sometimes even bring on its demise. At the very least, a formal dispute can destroy business relationships, and divert critical attention and resources away from innovation and achieving individual and corporate purpose.

There has to be a better way to anticipate and thoughtfully address conflicts before they evolve into full-blown legal disputes. At CPR’s 2021 Annual Meeting, our panelists and speakers discussed approaches to defuse potential and developing conflicts, and identified practical and actionable preventative strategies and skills we all need to succeed.