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Do you interact with people at work, home, school, or an extended family? If you answered, yes, then you know that every day we are invited into conflict or a challenging conversation and you may need help. Join us on Thursday, 20 October for the opening of this year’s Given Academy. Conflict management is a key skill for a Catholic female leader in the boardroom, classroom, or home. In this practical presentation, GIVEN Mentor and Doctor of Education Elizabeth de Leon will share strategies to negotiate and resolve conflicts in diverse areas of life, drawing on her experience as a mother of 4 and educator as well as her certificate in Dispute Resolution.

For the first time, you can attend GIVEN Academy either online or in-person at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC! In-person attendance includes early access to the Shrine, prayer with the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and veneration of Saint John Paul II’s relic, and a networking reception before the presentation. Both in-person and online attendance include Q&A with Dr. de Leon, a resource notebook on the presentation topic, and access to the session recording after attending.

About the Presenter

Elizabeth de Leon is a wife, mom of 4 boys, and former middle school teacher in the public school system for 13 years. She is assuming a new role as a preK-8 Catholic school principal this year.  She grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN and still lives there now. After high school, she attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND where she majored in Spanish, Education, and minored in English Literature. While in college she studied in Costa Rica and Mexico. In 2010, she finished her Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s University in Educational Leadership. In May of 2017, she defended her dissertation and graduated with an Educational Doctorate degree along with a certificate in Dispute Resolution from Hamline University and Hamline Law School. 

She and her husband, James, have 4 boys. Together they spend time outside playing on the swingset, running around, and being close to extended families. Elizabeth is an avid reader of all types of books, podcast listener, and wants to be an exercise enthusiast.


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