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BIOGRAPHY -- MAGGIE FINEFROCK

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      Maggie Finefrock is currently Chief Learning Officer of The Learning Project, an organizational development firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, internationally to create high achieving, diverse and dynamic learning organizations: bridging people, cultures, ideas and resources through out the known universe.

          After returning from serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal, Maggie met Robert Mueller of the United Nations and asked him what skill and service the world needed most. He replied that the challenges of the world needed people skilled in the art of conflict resolution and urged her to contribute. Maggie has received training, certification and experience in mediation and conflict resolution from Community Boards of San Francisco, American Friends Service Committee, K.C. Department of Human Relations, University of Missouri Mediation Center, the Jackson County Court System and The Erikson Institute. Group mediation is a large part of her work at The Learning Project which has taken her to all 50 U.S. states and  Canada, Mexico, Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe.

          Ms. Finefrock is the former director and a founding member of Harmony in a World of Difference, a multifaceted  campaign to improve race relations, eliminate bias and discrimination, and increase respect and skills for diversity. She works as Senior Advisor/Trainer for the REACH Center in Seattle, Washington and the Anti-Defamation League in New York. Diverse clients include city governments, banking, judges, newspapers, healthcare, police and fire departments, intelligence agencies, state boards of education, school systems, universities, non profit organizations, religious institutions, national recreational cooperatives, arts institutions, and corporate clients including AT&T,  Corning, DuPont, Johnson and Johnson, Procter and Gamble.

          Other professional resources include being a resource broker, adjunct faculty at University of Missouri, Tribuvan University in Kathmandu and University of Alaska, Training Director and Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, administration of International Youth Services for the Association of Unity Churches, crisis counselor, facilitator for training in adult education methods, conflict management, diversity, race relations and cross cultural competence, human relations, spiritual direction, Windhorses equine assisted learning and psychotherapy, serving in the U.S. Teacher Corps and teaching in rural and urban districts in Virginia, Ohio, Missouri and Nepal.

          Maggie is the author of  Pilgrimage of the Heart, Mountains Diminish Underfoot, The Art and Ministry of Teaching, and The Art and Heart  of Diversity and lots of other published and unpublished (unpublishable) poetry, photography and articles. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Beyond War Award and the Annie Ray Riffey Award in Multicultural Leadership. Maggie serves on advisory boards for CRES, Harmony, MCHE, GLAAD, and was the Religion and Spirituality Chair for Mayor Emanuel Cleaver’s Race Relations Task Force. She is certified in spiritual direction, mediation, scuba diving , crisis counseling, natural horsemanship and equine assisted growth and learning. Maggie received her A.A. degree in Sociology from Santa Barbara City College, B.S. in Education from Norfolk State University and M.A. in Administration from University of Missouri. In lieu of a doctoral degree she is raising  ( and being raised by)  three boys, three dogs, two cats and one horse plus all their many friends.


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