Stevenson Carlebach

Stevenson Carlebach is a trainer and consultant in the fields of communication, negotiation and dispute resolution. He teaches, designs training programs, and facilitates conversations in both the US and abroad. Prior to his work in this field, for more than a decade, he was an Associate Professor at Connecticut College, where he was Chairman of the Theater Department. He was trained in negotiation at the Harvard Negotiation Project and was a member of the teaching team for the Advanced Negotiation Course for the Program in Law at the Harvard Law School. This course eventually engendered the award winning book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen and Bruce Patton.

Mr. Carlebach has taught principled negotiation and communication programs to thousands of professionals in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has a broad range of corporate clients in diverse fields including banking, oil, high tech, pharmaceutical and retail. A short list of his clients includes: Shell Oil, Bayer, MetLife, Merrill Lynch, Genentech, IBM, LL Bean, The MathWorks, Goldman Sachs, Citrix, BP Amoco, and Deloitte.

He has worked in a number of educational settings to help implement conflict resolution curricula. Recently he was Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he taught negotiation. While director of training for the Program for Young Negotiators, he trained hundreds of educators in both Israel and Argentina to develop conflict resolution in the schools there. He worked with The United States Coast Guard Academy training cadets to manage communication challenges more effectively. Recently he worked with the Academy of Jewish Religion, a seminary for Rabbis and Cantors to help them learn to have more successful conversations on divisive topics such as Israel’s policies towards Palestinians.

Currently he is using his experience in negotiation and relationship building to develop programs for couples. He and colleague Jeffrey Kerr created "Love Equity," a program for helping couples build (or rebuild) relationships. They are currently working on a book.

Mr. Carlebach's work in dispute resolution has grown out of a commitment to collaboration, community building, and diversity. He is one of the founders of ISAAC, a charter public middle school in New London, Connecticut focused on the arts and effective communication. ISAAC is now in its ninth year and thriving.