Virtual: Curiosity, Conflict, and Communication

Virtual: Curiosity, Conflict, and Communication


Gina Weatherup

Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Registration is free to PMI-WDC members and friends. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Registration and networking begins at 11:45 and presentations begin at noon, lasting 45-50 minutes, allowing 10 -15 minutes for Q&A. 

Stress is especially high these days! If you believe that miscommunication within your project team is a source of stress, this interactive online workshop will help.

Conflict is both common and uncomfortable. Even the most close-knit teams will encounter conflict on occasion. In some workplaces, conflicts are resolved quickly and easily; in others, it seems like disputes and arguments happen all the time - and fester, contributing to distrust and more conflict, in a vicious cycle.

There are multiple steps project managers can take to create a culture where conflicts are minimized. Just as important, there are simple tips managers can follow to handle the stress of a conflict with grace and fairness, and model curiosity to help teams build a more collaborative culture.

We will cover:
• How comfortable are you with conflict?
• The benefits of adopting a curiosity mindset to help in clear communication
• A go-to list of questions to use when faced with conflict
• Why & how mediators use active listening
• And, every participant will have the opportunity to practice active listening with a partner - yes, using Zoom!
While slides are not available for participants to download, there will be a downloadable PDF notes page to help you continue your learning.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
.5 Strategic and Business Management, .5 Leadership

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

Hard Skills

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints


Specific tips and techniques in the use of PM tools (SW, other)

About the Speaker

Gina Weatherup

Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation

Gina Weatherup founded Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation because she believes we all spend too much time working to not be happy at work. Gina has 15 years of professional experience, with the federal government, non-profits, and small businesses. Her roles have ranged from community organizer to complaints processor in equal employment opportunity to online content writer. The common thread in all of her jobs (and several personal roles) has been active listening. Gina is a trained mediator and is here today to talk about resolving conflict. She lives here in Chantilly, with her husband, two daughters, and their dog Lucy.

About the Chantilly Local Community

Each month the PMIWDC Chantilly Committee volunteers bring you interesting and informative speakers from a wide range of professions. Meetings are held at the Sully District McDonnell Community room at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly VA 20151. 

Registration is free to PMI-WDC members and friends. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 and presentations begin at noon, lasting 45-50 minutes, allowing 10 -15 minutes for Q&A.  Each PMI member receives 1 PDU for attending.

This is an opportunity to network with other professionals.  Pre-registration is recommended. Presentations are usually scheduled the second Thursday of the month. If you are interested in presenting or volunteering with the Chantilly committee, please contact the PMIWDC Staff, at, who can put you in touch with the Chantilly Committee Volunteers. 

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