Ericka Gray has been a mediator, conflict resolution educator, trainer, and management consultant since 1985. She has mediated and arbitrated more than 5,000 cases in her long career as a conflict management professional. Ericka provides services to organizations related to development of effective conflict management systems, strategic intervention, management, and healthy workplace initiatives. She has provided conflict management and mediation training to judges, lawyers, and other professionals internationally and in the US and developed and conducted corporate training in conflict management, negotiation, and effective communication topics. She serves on the panels of the U.S. EEOC, Beacon Group, LLC, Peninsula Mediation, and ADR Vantage, to provide a variety of conflict management and dispute resolution services, and serves as an arbitrator for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Fee Arbitration Board. In addition, Ericka has facilitated group processes for a variety of clients and has consulted to many organizations regarding internal organizational dynamics and conflict related to gender, discrimination, bullying, and other workplace issues, and investigated claims of discrimination and harassment.
As a faculty member of Boston College Law School and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA, and Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, she teaches courses in mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). She has also taught courses at UMass Boston in Conflict, Organizations & Systems and guest lectured at Harvard Law School and Boston University’s Graduate School of Management.
Prior to establishing her own company in 1997, Ericka was director of innovative ADR programs for the courts in both MA and NJ, served as Senior Mediator, Regional Training Coordinator, and Director of Professional Services for JAMS’ Boston Office, and was the Executive Director of a national non-profit professional association of mediators.
Previously serving as a member of the Massachusetts Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution, Ericka has been active in legislative activities related to dispute resolution and in professional organizations regionally and nationally. She holds Advanced Practitioner Member status in both the Workplace and the Family Sections of the Association for Conflict Resolution and maintains her license as a psychologist in Pennsylvania.
Her interest in sports is life long and she had the pleasure of growing up in a town with a minor league baseball team. Her father taught her how to play and they frequently shared evenings at the ballpark. Ericka played softball for many years and captained a co-ed team to several championships. She also umpired for several seasons and played co-ed football. Her team sports career ended abruptly following a pedestrian vs. automobile accident. The car won. She is a semi-professional nature and wildlife photographer, storm chaser, and adventure traveler who is hoping to one day achieve her goal of going everywhere, seeing everything, and doing everything.