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Stevenson is a consultant with The Grady Company with a focus on leadership, difficult conversations and negotiation. He has a special interest in finding the hard science behind soft skills and to that end is constantly researching the neuroscience of conflict and communication.

For five years, Stevenson was an instructor at Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers, where he taught the Advanced Negotiation Workshop. It was here that he first began working with Doug Stone, Sheila Heen and Bruce Patton as they were working on the book, Difficult Conversations.  Before coming to the field of conflict resolution, Stevenson was Associate Professor of Theater and Chair of the Department of Theater at Connecticut College. He has also taught negotiation at Georgetown University Law School. In addition to teaching, Stevenson also designs programs, consults and coaches executives.

Stevenson’s private sector clients have included Goldman Sachs, BP Amoco, L.L. Bean, Citigroup, IBM, The Mathworks and Deloitte & Touche.  In the public sector, he has worked with the Ministries of Education in Israel and Argentina on bringing conflict resolution to schools in those countries. He has also taught Negotiation and Difficult Conversations at UNAIDS in Geneva.

Stevenson’s work in negotiation and dispute resolution has grown out of a commitment to collaborative problem solving, community building, and diversity. At Connecticut College he founded the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy, a multidisciplinary academic center that advances teaching, learning, research, and community collaboration. He is also one of the founders of ISAAC, a public middle school in New London, Connecticut, focused on the arts and effective communication—now in its eleventh year.

With six children – two teens and four seven or under – Stevenson hopes that he will learn to practice at home what he teaches on the road. He is a graduate of Tufts University, where he majored in classics, and the Boston University School for the Arts where he received his Masters in Fine Arts in Directing.