APFM 2022
Karlina Paredes

Featuring Keynote Address by Karlina Paredes

Presenting From the Conference Room to the Breakout Room: Mediating Amongst Changing Dynamics in a More Diverse World

A more diverse group of attorneys and neutrals in family law is emerging to the forefront of the mediation field. Likewise, client diversity is increasing. It is paramount for mediators to accommodate these changing dynamics. In her keynote address, Karlina Paredes will shine a light on opportunities for mediators to develop ways to advance and to better serve a diverse group of clients.

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Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, October 13

  • Pre-Conference: 1/2 day AM  — 7-10am PT | 10am-1pm ET
  • Conference: 1/2 day PM – 11am -4:15pm PT | 2-7:15pm ET

Friday October 14

  • Conference: Full day – 6:40am-1:15pm PT | 9:40am-4:15pm ET
  • In-person evening gatherings at discretion of regional hosts

Saturday, October 15

  • Conference: 1/2 day AM — 6:40am-1pm PT | 9:40am-4pm ET

Schedule table is best viewed on a large screen or, if on a phone or tablet, in landscape mode.

All times are shown in the Eastern time zone.

Schedule subject to change.

The Preconference Institutes, which require separate registration, are listed here as a convenience.


  • Opening Plenary- Stretching Our Limits
    Moderator: Alice Shikina
  • Closing Plenary – Stretching Ourselves from the Inside Out
    Moderator: Stefanie Beninato


  • Keynote: From the Conference Room to the Breakout Room: Mediating Amongst Changing Dynamics in a More Diverse World
    Speaker: Karlina Paredes


  • The Art of Pre-Marital Mediation
    Moderator: Amanda Singer
  • Understanding Marketing in a COVID World: What Works, What Changed, and What’s Next?
    Moderator: Paula Mattisonsierra
  • Asking Next Level Questions
    Moderator: Jen Hawthorne
  • Hot Mediation Technology Topics
    Moderator: Colin Rule
  • Out-of-the-Box Financial Solutions
    Moderator: Mark Porter
  • Bringing Mindfulness Into the Mediation Room
    Moderator: Karen Aurit
  • Mental Health and Mediation
    Moderator: Clare Fowler
  • High Conflict Parenting Issues
    Moderator: Darby Calm 
  • Racial Nuance and Code Switching
    Moderator: James Cook
  • The Strategy of Structuring the Mediation Process
    Moderator: Marybeth Holland-O’Hearn

All Times Listed Below Are in Eastern (U.S.) Time Zone

DayStart & End time ETSession TitlePresenter(s)
Thursday (Pre Conference)10:00 AM - 1:00 PMParenting Issues: Eight Pillars to Developing Healthy ChildrenNicole Davis
Thursday (Pre Conference)10:00 AM - 1:00 PMThe Game-Changing Consultation
How to Get More Clients and Grow the Mediation Practice of Your Dreams
Michael Aurit
Thursday (Pre Conference)10:00 AM - 1:00 PMThe Intersection of Zoom and In-the Room: Getting Ready for HybridsSusan Guthrie
Thursday1:00 PM - 2:00 PMBreak
Thursday2:00 PM - 3:00 PMOpening Plenary: Stretching Our LimitsAlice Shikina
Joanna Roth
Melissa Polk
Michelle Barr
Michael Leshin
Thursday3:00 PM - 3:30 PMBreak
Thursday3:30 PM - 5:00 PMThe Art of Pre-Marital MediationAmanda Singer
Chip Rose
John Fiske
Monica Mazzei
Max Rivers
Thursday3:30 PM - 5:00 PMUnderstanding Marketing in a COVID World: What Works, What Changed, and What's Next?Paula Mattisonsierra
Justin Kelsey
Barry Davis
Thursday5:00 PM - 5:15 PMBreak
Thursday5:15 PM - 5:45 PMAward Presentation
Thursday5:45 PM - 7:15 PMAsking Next Level QuestionsJen Hawthorne
Gerry O’Sullivan
Tsipora Dimant
Hansa Patel
Thursday5:45 PM - 7:15 PMHot Mediation Technology TopicsColin Rule
Chris Osborn
Max Markin
Amir Adibi
Friday9:40 AM - 10:30 AMTraining + Technology: Making It Easier to Apply Skills Training by Presenting Sponsor ADR NotableSusan Guthrie
Gary Doernhoefer
Friday10:30 AM - 11:00 AMBreak
Friday11:00 AM - 12:30 PMOut-of-the-Box Financial SolutionsMark Porter
Jen Lee
Victoria Krouch
RJ Martin
Karen Sparks
Alison Pettine Hecker
Friday11:00 AM - 12:30 PMBringing Mindfulness Into the Mediation RoomKaren Aurit
Tracey Leigh Wessels
Christine Lazarus
Leonard Riskin
Crystal Thorpe
David Hoffman
Maighna Jain
Friday12:30 PM - 1:00 PMBreak
Friday1:00 PM - 2:15 PMKeynote: From the Conference Room to the Breakout Room: Mediating Amongst Changing Dynamics in a More Diverse WorldKarlina Paredes
Friday2:15 PM - 2:45 PMBreak
Friday2:45 PM - 4:15 PMMental Health and MediationClare Fowler
Dan Berstein
Nicole Davis
Beth Aarons
Kimberly Sandstrom
Friday2:45 PM - 4:15 PMHigh Conflict Parenting IssuesDarby Calm
Dr. Michelle Buenafe
Bill Eddy
Ron Berglas
Daniela De Gregorio
Veronica York
John Martin
Saturday9:40 AM - 10:30 AMPresenting Sponsor - OurFamilyWizard
Saturday10:30 AM - 11:00 AMBreak
Saturday11:00 AM - 12:30 PMSaturday Morning Plenary: Reflective PracticeMichael Lang
Laurel Amaya
Kristyn Carmichael
Andi Paus
Georgia Daniels
Tracey Leigh Wessels
Saturday12:30 PM - 1:00 PMBreak
Saturday1:00 PM - 2:30 PMRacial Nuance and Code SwitchingJames Cook
Joanna Roth
Verlyn Francis
Saturday1:00 PM - 2:30 PMThe Strategy of Structuring the Mediation ProcessMarybeth Holland-O’Hearn
Terri Breer
Josh Kershenbaum
Ellen Waldorf
Andrew Weber
Saturday2:30 PM - 3:00 PMBreak
Saturday3:00 PM - 4:00 PMClosing Plenary - Stretching Ourselves from the Inside OutStefanie Beninato
Michael Aurit
Woody Mosten
Nina Meierding
Alex Glassmann
Hilary Linton
Anju Jessani
Gabrielle Hartley
Saturday4:30 PM - 5:30 PMAPFM Virtual SocialAlice Shikina

Thank you Conference Sponsors!

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