LISA MONTANA came to conflict resolution from the corporate world, where she witnessed frequent disputes, most of them handled in ways that nobody liked. Working with collaborative communication, she found a model in which everyone’s needs matter and against all odds, has seen wildly antagonistic foes find common ground. Lisa began teaching Nonviolent Communication in 2007, and in 2008 she joined the teaching team for BayNVC’s year-long mediation program. Since 2013, she’s been teaching conflict resolution at San Quentin State Prison. Lisa has a reputation for efficient problem-solving and is skilled at discerning core issues in complex situations. She’s also known for her clarity, humor and compassion; her workshops offer participants the chance to strengthen their skills in a lively and supportive atmosphere. In her private practice, Lisa works with individuals, businesses and organizations around the country, offering mediation, executive coaching and group facilitation.