Skills for Communication Through Conflict & Vulnerability

Skills for Communication Through Conflict & VulnerabilitySkills for Communication Through Conflict & Vulnerability

Speaker Profile

Diana Adams, Esq. is a lawyer and international thought leader on LGBTQ issues, and a popular Keynote Speaker available to give talks on current LGBTQ legal issues, including same-sex marriage, Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Supreme Court and the fate of LGBTQ Americans, comparative LGBTQ family law between the U.S. and Europe, and opportunities for corporate leadership with LGBTQ employees. 

Below is a sample of talks Diana has given, but she is also happy to work with clients to customize a speaking topic or presentation for a specific audience.

International LGBTQ Family Law

Diana has a long history of social justice activism, and is working to protect the LGBTQ community across the U.S. and Europe. Diana is the founder and Director of the Euro LGBT Family Law Institute, bringing together leaders on LGBTQ family law across Europe. She is available to speak or teach courses on navigating the differences in LGBTQ law across borders and protecting the most vulnerable. 

Sample class taught:

  • “Comparative LGBTQ Family Law in the US & Europe” (Harvard Law School)

Polyamory, Evolving Family Structure & Nontraditional Family Law

Diana is a leader in support of polyamorous families and nontraditional family structures. Diana is passionately dedicated to helping form healthy, stable families, whether between same-sex couples, platonic co-parents, polyamorous families, or different-sex couples, by facilitating conversations that support the creation of clear personal agreements, as well as solid legal agreements to protect their families. Diana taught a semester long course at Cornell Law School on “Advanced Topics in Family Law: LGBTQ & Nontraditional Family Law.” Additional past courses taught on this subject include:

  • “How to Protect LGBTQ & Nontraditional Families Under Threat” (UCLA Law School)
  • “Polyamory and the Law”,“Adultery and the Law”, and “Bisexuality and the Law” (Harvard Law School)
  • “U.S. Law & Politics in a Post-DOMA World” (Cornell Law School, New York State Bar Association)

Courageous Conversations, Mediation, Conflict Resolution

Diana is a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer who utilizes these skills to bring peace and respect to family transitions, and also to support deescalation, conflict resolution, and assertive communication with conflict in other contexts.

  • “Courageous Conversations: Offering Critical Feedback Without Conflict” (Yale University Dean’s Office training for Yale Deans)
  • “Deescalation and Conflict Resolution” (Yale party safe space monitors & theater managers)
  • “Courageous Conversations: Empowered Communication for Women” (Omega Institute’s Women and Power Retreat 2017)

Title IX-Compliance, Consent, Campus Safety, Sexual Assault Prevention

Diana has extensive experience teaching cultural competency regarding Title IX compliance and sexual assault prevention on college campuses as well as for businesses, organizations and community groups:

  • Orientation programs for new students and back-to-school consent training programs
  • Trainings for Faculty, Staff, and Employees
  • Trainings for students who serve as advisors in residence halls
  • Trainings for student athletes and coaches such as required NCAA training
  • Trainings for safe space monitors at campus parties and events
  • Bystander Intervention to Keep Your Campus Safe

Diana teaches these courses regularly at the Yale College Consent & Communication program and at college campuses across the U.S.

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