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Jacek Czaja

Jacek Czaja graduated with highest honors from Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, as well as completed programs sponsored by the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington D.C., US and the HU University of Applied Science, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Jacek has gained his experience while working for prominent international and national law firms (Allen&Overy, DZP), public institutions (the European Parliament, the Republic of Poland Senate Office), as well as by participating with significant successes in numerous of international mediation and negotiation competitions (India, USA, UK, Austria), trainings (UK, Poland) and conferences held worldwide.

Currently, Jacek is a practicing lawyer, a certified mediator, a lecturer on mediation and negotiation at Jagiellonian University, a SOLVO trainer, as well as a frequent coach, professional, judge and co-organizer of the whole range of international and national mediation and negotiation events.

Jacek loves: music, travels and conversations.

Stephanie Harlan

Stephanie is a trained professional mediator, business advisor, fundraiser and educator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received Executive management training from various colleges and Universities including Stanford University through the National Education Association.

Stephanie has represented both employees and employers through her role of President of a large labor union as well as ownership of two companies. She has an extensive background in negotiations as well as mediation. She advocates a mediation approach whenever possible as in her words, “Mediation allows all parties to come together to create their own solution without feeling as if they are having to give up something. The process of mediation makes it far more likely that the parties mutually created plan will be implemented, as both parties are involved in setting the outcome. They can become participants in positive resolve, rather than sides growling against each other.”

In her current role as Independent Advisor for Business affairs and dispute resolution, she works advises companies and organizations on how they can start up, grow and prosper. She has an extensive background in fundraising having raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations such as 4-H, American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis, Local community grants, and now as chairman of fundraising for the INADR.

Stephanie has traveled extensively to more than 50 countries and within all 50 states in the US. She has strong family ties to agriculture as a 7th generation Nebraskan. Her ancestors came across the United States on a covered wagon and were original homesteaders in the state in 1869. Her family was instrumental in helping to start up what has become one of the largest international agricultural companies in the world.

She has served on numerous local, state and international boards and executive committees over her professional career. She has also had the opportunity to use her mediation skills within the American political process at all levels of government and with both major political parties.

She particularly enjoys the times she is able to serve as a tournament judge for INADR stating, “It is a thrilling process to watch participants come through the INADR trainings. The skills they get give them the edge in their careers. These students go back to their countries with the tools necessary to lead them in the future. If they don’t want to lead their countries, they can become the person behind the leader who helps to make them a great one.”

John Lag

John J. Lag has had a diverse legal career spanning five decades. His numerous civil and criminal trials and appeals as well as negotiation of many transactional matters have provided him with invaluable knowledge and experience in the field of dispute resolution. In addition to practicing law, the author is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the John Marshall Law School where he teaches Negotiation Theory and Practice and serves as an Arbitrator for the Cook County Courts. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the John Marshall Law School.

Executive Director

Meghann Sweeney

Meghann Sweeney, originally from Des Moines, IA, has been the Executive Director of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution since the fall of 2009. She graduated with honors from Simpson College in Indianola, IA, and received her JD from Drake University Law School, in Des Moines, IA. Meghann is a licensed attorney and certified mediator. As the Executive Director of INADR she has organized and run mediation tournaments and trainings around the world including London, UK, Bhopal, India, Dubai, UAE, Kiev, Ukraine, Dublin, Ireland, Recife, Brazil, Vilnius, Lithuania, Istanbul, Tukey, Glasgow, Scotland, Athens, Greece and across the US.