Cheryl brings to her counseling, consulting and public programming, a depth of worldly experience, as an accomplished lawyer, alternative thinker and serial entrepreneur. Law. The American Bar Association named her its first Legal Rebel and she served both in the private sector, at Goodwin, Procter and Hoar, and in the public, as an Assist. Attorney General, U.S. Attorney and Sen. Counsel to the Mass. Legislature. She has been a serial entrepreneur on numerous fronts. She has been a way-shower promoting integrative and holistic approaches, advancing curricula on reflective and contemplative approaches to clinical education, speaking nationally and also co-founding one of the first holistic law and mediation firms in the U.S.
Business. She was co-founding faculty of an MBA in Sustainability program, which integrated systems thinking, alternative corporate forms and governance forms within the curriculum.
Health care. She catalyzed and supported the creation of one of the first cooperative holistic health initiatives, in southern Vermont, in response to the PACA. She facilitated a 2 year long community process reflecting needs, preferences, community assets She continues to support cooperative movement through organizational counseling and community engagement.
Governance. Cheryl has long been inspired to promote democratic decision-making and cooperation, through serving on boards of organizations using sociocracy, spiritually-inspired and alternative governance models. She continues to teach, public speak and counsel on these varied approaches which require an expanded skill-set for leaders.
Economics. Cheryl’s rebelliousness began in college, when she wrote an award winning thesis which offered a Marxist critique of mainstream economics, and then critiqued Marxism on its own terms. This was a core experience, reinforcing her felt sense that current paradigms are temporary constructions, inevitable anomalies and awaiting transformation.
Deep dialogue and facilitation. Her group facilitation and conflict resolution approaches are informed by ancient approaches and an understanding of trauma. A life-long student of the ancient religious traditions and the “inner sciences”. She has taught and counseled many who, like her, are eclectic and spiritual explorers. She is authorized to teach traditional Buddhism, and has evolved to incorporate music, art, poetry, journaling and nature as paths of personal development. These mediums influence her style.
Understanding impact of trauma on dialogue and conflict resolution. The experiences of environmental and physical trauma by herself and others have catalyzed Cheryl to research, apply and share with others, her understanding of their relevance to group discussion, mediation and governance.
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