Mark Gerzon
Mark Gerzon

Mark Gerzon

Global Leadership, Mediation and Conflict Resolution Expert

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communication Skills
  • Debate & Dialogue
  • Negotiation

Travels From

  • CO

Speaker's Fee Range

  • $7,500 - $10,000

Mark Gerzon

Mark Gerzon's Key Accomplishments Include . . .
Hailed by the New York Times as “an expert in civil discourse," Mark Gerzon has worked as a speaker, facilitator and leadership trainer for the United Nations, the US House of Representatives, and a wide range of corporate and civic organizations around the world for more than a decade.

An expert in civil discourse.

— New York Times

Mark Gerzon is one of the key architects of the field of global leadership and an experienced facilitator in high-conflict zones. He has advised a wide variety of organizations including the US Congress, multinational corporations, and UNDP. He is also currently serving as UN advisor on leadership in conflict-torn countries in Africa and Asia.

Mark Gerzon helps leaders and their organizations learn skills that are critical for dealing with conflict and leading across difficult social divides. He specializes in enhancing the capacity of competing groups and divided organizations to find alignment around shared goals and values, and has conducted leadership training and presentations throughout the world.

Mark Gerzon is the author of several best selling books, including American Citizen, Global Citizen and Leading through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences into Opportunities, rated as one of the "best business books" by Strategy & Business magazine. Mark Gerzon is also the author of Leaders Without Borders: New Leadership Strategies for an Interdependent World; Serving A Higher Power: The Challenge Of Integral Leadership; A House Divided: Six Belief Systems Struggling for America's Soul; and Leading Beyond Borders: Transforming Conflict Into Opportunity. His articles and commentaries have appeared in newspapers ranging from the Washington Post to the International Herald Tribune.

In the private sector, Mark Gerzon has worked with major consumer products and high technology industries, and with business organizations such as the Conference Board. In the public sector, he has extensive experience consulting with public sector organizations such as the US House of Representatives or the United Nations Development Program. With all these diverse clients, Mark Gerzon's mission remains constant: to foster the emergence of leaders who know how to build bridges across differences, rather than walls that reinforce them.

More About Mark Gerzon...
For over two decades, Mark Gerzon has directed or supported a wide range of projects focused on building a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. His efforts between the former Soviet Union and the United States (which catalyzed an end of the Cold War between the two superpowers' film industries), and then his work designing two successful Bipartisan Congressional Retreats, are examples of his approach to conflict transformation.

Internationally, Mark Gerzon's primary work has been as co-chair of the Global Leadership Network, a group of more than two dozen leadership experts and practitioners from throughout the world who are developing a book, workshop and educational curriculum. He also founded the Conflict Transformation Collaborative, a network of peace-builders from around the globe. In the United States, Mark Gerzon is working with Reuniting America to convene and facilitate "transpartisan" dialogues in which representatives from across the political spectrum can explore new and more productive ways of engaging in the political process.

Suggested Keynote Programs
  • The Global Citizen Journey
  • Communication Skills for Leaders
  • Debate & Dialogue
  • Listening to Midlife: Turning Your Crisis into a Quest
  • A Choice of Heroes: The Changing Face of American Manhood
  • A Childhood for Every Child: The Politics of Parenthood
What People Are Saying

"We're especially grateful for your wonderful contribution in helping us craft and execute the plans for the working sessions at the Retreat. They exceeded expectations in every respect and are a tribute to you talent and professionalism."

— Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Washington, DC

"Mark Gerzon has done as much as anyone I know to apply the practice of dialogue to critical issues. At the community, national and international level, he has developed extraordinary expertise about how to move beyond textbook theories and workshop exercises and to work creatively on the conflicts of our world."

-William Ury, Harvard Professor, Negotiator, Co-Author of Getting to Yes