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March 20, 2007

Bio For Carolyn Chalmers

The Office for Conflict Resolution

Carolyn Chalmers, Director

Carolyn began as the University Grievance Officer in October 2000. In her role as director of the Office for Conflict Resolution, she facilitates informal resolutions of employment disputes within the University and administers hearings under the Conflict Resolution Procedure. Carolyn practiced employment discrimination litigation for 17 years and, beginning in 1994, began working as a mediator and fact-finder in employment disputes. She has taught Employment Discrimination Law and ADR at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she continues as a Guest Instructor. She has received distinguished alumni awards from Carleton College and from the University of Minnesota Law School. She holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Carleton College, an M.A. from Brandeis University, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota.

More information about the Office for Conflict Resolution at the University of Minnesota can be found here:


March 12, 2007

Go Run

Let’s Change the Face of Leadership

It’s Time… for new voices, new ideas, new results. It’s time for a culture that looks and feels and acts differently—fluid, flexible, expansive and engaged, vital and infinitely various. It’s time for a national conversation that is richly diverse and genuinely representative. It’s time for a nation that responds to challenges by drawing on the strength and wisdom of all its people, women and men.

In 2007, The White House Project is traveling to cities and towns across America to change the face of leadership, and bring more women leaders into the pipeline. Only by creating a critical mass of women leaders in all seats of power, from the boardroom to the statehouse, will we create needed change. We can change old habits by individually and collectively rewriting the definition of “leader? and putting a woman’s face on it.

Bringing new faces to the leadership table is not only the right thing to do, it’s the only thing to do.


March 11, 2007

HHH Podcasts

Humphrey Institute has a blog going and it includes podcasts (audio files) of lectures and presentations. You won't find everything, and how many you do find will vary from month to month.

Here's the link to the Humphrey blog.

There is nothing listed yet for March but if you go to the February archive, you'll see a lecture available at the top of the page (or just click here to access that blog post).

You can subscribe to the Humphrey podcasts easily via Apple's iTunes software (free and available for both Windows and Macs - click here).

After you install iTunes, go to the Advanced menu and choose Subscribe to Podcast.... Copy and paste this URL into the box that appears (clicking it now will bring you to a strange page but no harm will be done):


In the podcast area of iTunes, you will see a link for the Humphrey Institute and all the current audio files available.

Please ask me if you need more info or have trouble or haven't ever done anything like this before and need help. The best way to ask is in the comments to this post (see below) as that way we can all learn how to do this together.

Have fun.

March 9, 2007

Mack McLarty editorial on leadership

Hi LCG bloggers... The article below ran in yesterday's Houston Chronicle, and I thought it could be useful in our reflections on class last week and Tom's good presentation.


March 8, 2007, 6:14PM
Bush should borrow from Clinton on Latin America
President can still forge a positive legacy in region


President Bush is visiting Latin America at a difficult time for inter-American relations. Yet a page from President Clinton's playbook could help put the troubled partnership back on track. The key is for President Bush to show, in deed as well as word, a commitment to listen to and learn from our nation's hemispheric neighbors.

There is always pressure to keep a president's schedule marching along. Having worked in the Clinton White House, I have occasionally envied the Bush administration's corporate efficiency on this score. But in Latin America, President Bush should exhibit some Clinton-style curiosity: lingering in his conversations and encounters; putting aside scripted talking points in favor of candid exchange; getting out of his motorcade to savor the local culture; and investing the time to develop trusting relationships with Latin colleagues.

Actions like these can help erase perceptions of U.S. arrogance even as they offer both sides a more textured understanding and appreciation of one another.

At the same, the administration must generate progress on issues that benefit all Americans, North and South. The president has been weakened domestically, but he still has the ability to restore a sense of hemispheric momentum and hope.

Here too, President Clinton's experience is instructive. After all, he too faced challenges to his vision for hemispheric cooperation, which had gotten off to a promising start with the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Miami Summit of the Americas. When these initial achievements were clouded by the Mexican peso's collapse, Clinton responded by leading the peso recovery package that, although politically unpopular in America, restored stability in Mexico and kept hemispheric partnership on solid footing.

Then, even though the Republican majority in Congress limited his room to maneuver, President Clinton remained engaged throughout his second term by appointing a special envoy to the Americas, a position I was proud to hold; taking six trips to 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries; and devoting his energies to issues on which he could forge bipartisan consensus, such as creating Plan Colombia and initiating free trade talks between the United States and Chile.

Likewise, President Bush should push for progress in three areas that will make a difference for Americans throughout the hemisphere:

•First, with the new Democratic majority in Congress, the time is ripe for meaningful immigration reform — anchored in human dignity, common sense and the rule of law.
•Second, the groundswell of U.S. public support for a sustainable energy policy has opened promising opportunities for ethanol collaboration with Brazil. Encouragingly, the administration has suggested this will be a priority issue for President Bush's meeting with Brazilian President Lula. By pooling ethanol innovations and resources and helping other hemispheric nations address their energy deficits, the United States and Brazil can build good will as partners with an antidote to oil dependency and poverty, and forge habits of cooperation that can be applied to issues like trade as well.
•Third, the president's trip should be the impetus for reaching a bipartisan deal on Trade Promotion Authority. The Bush administration must listen to Democrats who've been largely shut out of trade policy-making for the past six years. But Democrats, for their part, must not turn a deaf ear when the president says trade agreements are the centerpiece of our relations with Latin America.
Short-term renewal of TPA would enable the United States to conclude the Doha Round while clearing the way for votes on pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Peru, and renewing American trade leadership in our hemisphere in the face of growing competition from China and India.

None of this will be easy, but it can all be achieved with sustained leadership from the top. And with longtime Latin experts John Negroponte and Tom Shannon in pivotal positions at the State Department, the administration is diplomatically well-placed.

It is not too late for President Bush to leave a positive legacy in U.S.-Latin American relations — turning a year of engagement into a future of collaboration.

McLarty served as President Clinton's chief of staff and special envoy for the Americas. He is now president of the strategic advisory firm Kissinger McLarty Associates in Washington, D.C.

March 7, 2007

Team 5

Team #5 Weblog contributions are as follow:

Pros - Familiarity with weblog may be a useful leadership student tool/skill;
Has wide range of use and acceptance; Cons - Privacy concerns,we recommend the weblog work within course guidelines;
Weblog possibly redundant to WebCT, but not so if in class context;
Weblogs may be a distraction when distilling the truth.

March 6, 2007

Group 2 Notes

Blogs can be adopted as optional, without grades, and secured so only the class can read it.

Group Blog Notes

• Blogs should be an optional curriculum piece
• Should be monitored by the instructor
• Should abide by class norms established in class
• For class viewing only
• The blog function should not take the place of human interaction of the class
• Class could benefit from the additional information and insight a blog could introduce
• The medium could encourage greater participation of introverted students
• Should be a technology with which Humphrey students are familiar