Leila Bidad, MDR, Conflict Resolution Expert, Orange County, CA

Leila Bidad, Conflict Resolution Expert Orange CountyGeneral Overview

For the past decade, Leila has provided a diversified portfolio of conflict prevention and resolution services. She is passionate about enhancing the workplace and empowering workhumans. As a highly skilled peacebuilder, Leila is focused on identifying and bridging gaps in information, communication, system design, structure, culture, and needs. Leila utilizes data to shift the blame from individual behaviors to the mechanical gaps in organizations, allowing her to humanize the person, identify the root cause, and deliver lasting results. 

Leila is passionate about utilizing the power of multi-perspective and experiential narratives to disrupt bias as a trainer, instill psychological safety as a coach, and build consensus as a mediator. She spends her free time kayaking, biking, and hiking with her husband and Siberian husky, and moderating on ADR topics as the founder of the Work Conflict Resolution Club on Clubhouse.

Business Experience

Leila began her career with a triad of experiences in psychology of conflict, cross-cultural relations, and community building through mentorship. She then delved into the world of corporate retail addressing organizational culture, diversity and inclusion, and employee relations issues. Her wide array of mediation experiences led her to lead a department in an international manufacturing corporation focused on contracted employee and consumer disputes. Her success pivoted her to workplace consulting with a wide range of clients in different industries from marketing to education sectors, which earned her a spot at the Solutions Stage of the California HR Convention. Leila came full circle after she spent some time working with employment and consumer disputes from a litigation perspective.

Specializations

  • Experiential conflict training and prevention
  • Small group mediations and teambuilding
  • Private sector and corporations
  • Employee and consumer relations
  • Organizational development and systems design
  • Proficient in Farsi and Spanish

Credentials 

  • Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution (MDR), Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding at University Of California, Irvine
  • Certificates in Mediation, Public Speaking, and International Conflict Analysis & Resolution from UC Irvine
  • International Ombuds Association Foundations from Pepperdine University

Affiliations

  • American Institute of Mediation (AIM) Women’s Group
  • Emerging Ombuds Network (EON)
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