of Virginia Swain
Since 1991, Virginia Swain has developed a body of knowledge in reflection, study and practice, to educate a cross-sectoral group of Reconciliation Leaders. She has been aware of the crisis in leadership in her own country, USA, since she had been in the Peace Corps teaching in Liberia (1964-66) while the Vietnam war raged on. At twenty years
old, reading the international edition of Time Magazine, it seemed
as if her country of origin had gone mad. She was rather isolated
in a small village, to be sure, but it was clear to her that the
ideals of her country were not being lived.
Swain, Director, the Institute for Global Leadership, is an organization
development consultant, mediator, ombudsperson, certified professional
holistic counselor, mentor and facilitator, with recognition in
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who
in the World. The Institute for Global Leadership provides consultation
and training for leaders in a post-September 11th world. Her personal
mission is to engender a cross-sectoral approach to partnering for
the common good bringing people from business, society, philanthropists,
and politics together by strategizing outreaches for social and
economic development in local and international settings.
is dedicated to developing and supporting emerging and seasoned
leaders and teams commited to providing resources for right action
in institutional, community and global settings.
on her 25 years as a human relations professional and business consultant,
Virginia Swain created and introduced a unique process called the
Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political Will™
at the United Nations in 1992. The Institute provides Reconciliation
Leadership™ to guide its delivery. The mastery of this concept
has been described as timely as well as having the potential to
lead to the maturation of humankind into a genuine planetary family.
It has been praised by diplomats, policy makers, business people,
peace activists, theologians and scholars.
Leadership™ is an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable
peacebuilding — which includes components of mediation, counseling,
community-building, intercultural and multiethnic conflict management,
human rights and international relations education. The Peacebuilding
Process of Reconciliation™ began with Virginia's Master's
Thesis Project at the United Nations, Celebration of the Children
of the World™. Other projects of the Peacebuilding Process
of Reconciliation, developed over fourteen years, are posted in
the section, Dispute Resolution Serivces.
The work has evolved to address the crisis in leadership in the
United States, for post-conflict peacebuilding at the United Nations
in mediation and reconciliation, and to provide an intercultural,
multiethnic and interdisciplinary approach to global challenges.
Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Programs and the Peacebuilding
Process of Reconciliation™ are multi-faceted procesess. They
are an "exponent of the new language of international collaboration”
(Collins). Since 1989, in collaboration with many diverse individuals
and groups on five continents, Swain has developed, taught, and/or
facilitated various aspects and applications of the Reconciliation
Leadership and Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation™.
as a consultant to organizations (Organization Transformation
Network, International Business Task Force, Coalition for a
Strong United Nations, Values Caucus of the United Nations,
Pacem in Terris Society at the United Nations, Global Education
Associates, Burncoat Senior High School).
(Adjunct Faculty at the Clark University Masters Program of
Professional Communication, Lesley University Independent Study
Masters Program, the Lesley School of Management, the Salve
Regina University Holistic Counseling Masters Program, and Andover
Newton Theological Schools Institutde on Spirituality and Business).
Virginia taught Managing in a Global Economy and Negotiation
and Mediation in Global and Organizational Settings from her
holistic perspective and experience as adjunct faculty at Lesley
University School of Management, Leadership for the United Nations
and the Harmonization of Nations and Designing and Implementing
Interventions for Global Change at Salve Regina University in
Newport, RI, and Change Management, Cross-Cultural Conflict
Resolution and Leadership at Clark University in Worcester,
and presenting (for International Educators for Peace, Norwich,
Vermont, 1995, Business for Social Responsibility 1996, International
Symposium on Spirituality and Business, Boston, 1998, 1999;
Hague Appeal for Peace, Netherlands, 1999; State of the World
Forum, San Francisco, 1999.; The Enterprise Forum at the State
of the World Forum, 2000, and many more)
reconciling environments and celebrations at various events
(e.g. Celebration of the Children of the World at the United
Nations in New York, The United Nations Conferences: Environment
and Development, UN Conference on Economic and Social Development,
Copenhagen 1996, Commission of Sustainable Development Co-Chair,
Financing Agenda 21 Task Force, New York, 1993; International
Rio de Janeiro, 1992; A Global
Liturgy, Parliament of the Worlds Religions, Chicago, 1993)
the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political
Will™ with individuals and groups suffering from abuse
of human rights (e.g. in collaboration with others to establish
collaborative relationships to end violence in the inner city
(Buffalo, 1995), consultation with refugees from the former
Yugoslavia (Boston, 1999 and ongoing), consultation with Rwandan
genocide survivors (New York, 1998, Boston, 1999) and training
now being implemented in Rwanda by Rev. Erisa Mutabaazi.
and training since 1986, Swain has worked with over 250 large
and small businesses, non-profits, groups, and religious organizations,
promoting community building, communication, leadership and
spiritual renewal. She was an active participant in the International
Organizing Committee of the State of the World Forum Millennium
2000, Global Education Associates, and CIVICUS; World Alliance
of Citizen Participation and is a member of many other organizations
related to education, vocational and life planning, community
building, organizational development and world peace.
true to her belief that one must constantly balance teaching
and learning, Swain continues to expand and deepen her own education
even as she devotes herself to teaching others the visionary,
historic and pragmatic aspects of Reconciliation Leadership™.
Some recent experiences as a student have included Skills for
the Religious Peacebuilder, Conflict Transformation, Ethnic
Identity Training at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg,
VA, 1999); Restorative Justice Training Conference (Boston,
1999); and training with the Quaker United Nations office (Pendle
Hill 2000); Work, Purpose, Place and Peace, Reconciliation of
Polarities and Expressive Arts Training (CRRC Counseling Center
brings a background in facilitating workshops at the Global
Forum, the parallel conference for the UN Earth Summit in Rio
de Janeiro in 1992, the UN Social Development Summit in Copenhagen
conference in 1995, The World Social Summit. Additionally, Virginia
has served as a United Nations NGO representative and citizen
diplomat since 1991 and she co-convened an NGO working group
on financing Agenda 21 at the Commission of Sustainable Development
follow up to the Earth Summit in 1993. Virginia also works globally
for women's issues and has been a member of the UN Women's Caucus
since 1992. Virginia has been an NGO delegate to the Commission
on the Status of Women (UN) and the last preparation conference
for the 1996 Beijing Women's Conference. She was a delegate
to the NGO Millennium Forum (2000) and the State of the World
a former executive committee member of the Boston-based Coalition
for a Strong United Nations since its founding in 1993, which
offers public education through 12 conferences to Greater Boston
citizens in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Library, Virginia
offered leadership to deliver nine conferences and co-chaired
the International Business Task Force. In 1996, Virginia co-facilitated
a working group through the former UN Secretary-Generals Office
on industry-specific codes of conduct for business practices
in 1996. Virginia is listed in Who's Who in American Women,
Who's Who in America, Who’s Who of American Educators
and Who's Who in the World.
A book: A Mantle of Roses:A Woman's Journey Home to Peace
(XLibris, 2004). Her articles include Reconciliation Leaders
in a Global Economy, "A Vision for a 21st Century Leadership"
(Breakthrough Magazine, Global Education Associates (1998),
"The United Nations, Servant Leadership and a Peacebuilding
Institute" (Abolishing War, 1998), "Re-Imagining the
Urban Environment: Strengthening Collaborative Relationships
in the Inner City, 1997), "The Interrelationship of Individual
and State Cooperation for Peacebuilding. The International Institute
for Peace Agenda for Peace and NGOs Conference, Vienna (1994),
"International Cooperation: Its Roots in Individual Responsibility"
at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference
(1995), Global Ascendancy: Local and Global Challenges in Education
and Development with Dr. Joseph Baratta (1995).
wife and mother: Virginia is married to Dr. Joseph Baratta,
Associate Professor of History, Worcester State College and
mother to Thomas E. Cone, III, Assistant Professor of Economics,
State College of New York, Brockport. Tad and Karen Cone, also
a Professor and Researcher in Health and Immunology at University
of Michigan at Ann Arbor, were married in May 2000.
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