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October 2023
Welcome to readers of Making the Connection!   
In this issue, you will find: 
  • In Focus: Update from Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Question of the Month, on connecting across cultures
  • Case on Point, on truth in advertising
  • At the Podium, listing my speaking engagements and public appearances
  • Client Corner, spotlighting client events and announcements
In Focus
Update from Association for Conflict Resolution
 I recently had the pleasure of attending the Annual Conference of the Association Conflict Resolution at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University where I presented on Using Surveys and Questionnaires in the Mediation Intake Process. There were wonderful sessions on bioethics mediation, possible approaches to peacemaking in Ukraine, and the potential use of artificial intelligence by mediators, among others.  I look forward to my ongoing service to ACR as a grant reviewer for the
JAMS Foundation - ACR Initiative for Students and Youth.
Question of the Month
This month's question was inspired by a recent Newsday interview with New York Mets pitcher Kodai Senga.
Q:What can we learn from the New York Mets about connecting cross-culturally with colleagues?

A: In the interview, Senga, a Japanese native in his first year on the Mets roster, recounted the various adjustments he had to make, including adapting to the local cuisine, the unreliability of delivery services, and the willingness of strangers to make small talk in elevators. He thanked the Mets for ordering sushi for him, and expressed appreciation to his teammates for "welcoming me in with open arms and teaching me different things about the culture . . . . Even though I'm not able to speak English, they tried to communicate with me, invited me to team events to build camraderie."
Case On Point
Kominis v. Starbucks Corporation
(S.D.N. Y. 2023 )

Plaintiff filed a class action complaint against Starbucks, asserting that various beverage names and promotional practices were misleading and violated consumer protection statutes.  As an example, the  "Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refresher" contained no mango, and consisted primarily of grape juice, water and sugar. Starbucks moved to dismiss, contending that consumers would interpret the product names as referring to the drinks' flavor rather than their ingredients, and that "no reasonable consumer would be misled by the Products’ names into thinking that the Products contain the missing fruit." The court rejected this argument, and denied the motion to dismiss. 

At the Podium
This is a listing of speaking engagements, workshops, events and other public appearances.  To book me as a speaker or facilitator at your next company, client or association function, contact me at    

  • I was interviewed by the Associated Press concerning Judge Engoron's decision granting partial summary judgment in New York Attorney General Letitia James' lawsuit against Donald Trump. Click here to access the video. 

  • On October 26, 2023, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., I will offer a virtual workshop on Navigating Challenges in Family Businesses sponsored by the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center. Click here for information and registration.

Client Corner
Client Corner features client announcements and events of potential interest to readers.

  • On October 12, 2023,  Marc Miller, Ph.D will be the presenter at the monthly "Eminae Roundtable." The title of the presentation is: Succession Planning in Family Businesses: How to Identify the Best Leaders for the Next Generation. This presentation can be attended live or remotely.  Click here for information and registration.
  • Moxxie Mentoring Foundation will have its 2023 Emerald Summit fundraising luncheon on October 27, 2023. Click here for sponsorship and event information.

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