TMS Event Details

Event Title: The Road to Cultural Understanding in a Diverse World: Recognizing and Avoiding Bias for More Successful Negotiations

Event Type: Society Session


Sideman & Bancroft LLP*
One Embarcadero Center
Twenty-Second Floor
San Francisco, CA


*Please note you must pre-register and bring photo I.D. or you may be denied admittance to the building

Please bring your own lunch

Presenter: Patricia Prince, Malcolm Sher

Date: Monday, October 19, 2015

Time: 12:00 AM


In a world of diverse cultures, mediators, disputants and attorneys are increasingly confronting the challenges of “difference.” Whether this means some or all parties to a dispute are actually from different countries, or only from different sub-cultures within the same country, the mediation process can be greatly enhanced by awareness of and respect for cultural norms, values and traditions that impact negotiation styles.

In an interactive presentation, two mediators respected for their skills in mediating cross-cultural disputes share their views and elicit yours on cultural awareness, useful frameworks for decoding differences, recognizing bias and cultivating an open mind as critical tools for peacemaking.n
PATRICIA PRINCE is a full-time mediator specializing in the resolution of business and employment disputes. She has successfully mediated hundreds of employment disputes, including employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and wage and hour cases, in addition to a wide variety of business disputes, including partnership dissolution, intellectual property disputes, business torts, breach of contract, and commercial landlord/tenant disputes, as well as trust and estate disputes.

MALCOLM SHER is a full-time commercial mediator, with experience mediating a wide variety of disputes, including real estate, commercial and residential landlord/tenant, business tort, professional liability of attorneys, real estate brokers and CPAs, attorney-client fee disputes, contract, partnership dissolution, probate/trust, elder abuse, employment, wage and hour, and personal injury disputes. Of the hundreds of cases he has mediated, over 75% have been high-emotion, cross-cultural cases.