Dispute Resolution Expert, Carol Barkes, Featured in USA Today


Carol Barkes, Founder, Carol Barkes LLC, was selected to be featured in USA Today to showcase her coveted status as a GameChanger®

Boise, ID – January 2, 2019 – Carol Barkes, CPM is a Certified Professional Mediator, peak performance specialist, public speaker and educator focused on neuroscience and conflict resolution. Recently, she was named a “GameChanger®” in the USA Today by the National Association of Experts, Writers and Speakers® due to her vast contributions to her field. The spread, also titled “GameChangers®,” shines the spotlight on an elite group of entrepreneurs and their credentials. The piece, a full-page feature, ran in the December 17, 2018 edition of USA Today.

The USA Today feature highlights Barkes’ forward thinking and as a business leader who is changing the game. The publication summarized her success with the following:

“Best-selling author®, speaker and dispute resolution expert Carol Barkes is changing the way the world looks at conflict. Through the lens of neuroscience, Carol effectively helps her clients better understand the nature of conflict by leveraging our brains’ natural tendencies. Her interesting background (former firefighter, entrepreneur & mediator) helps her connect with any audience or team and her spirit is absolutely contagious.”

Launched in 1982, USA Today has been the “host of American conversation” for decades. From business to entertainment to technology, the publication is a national leader supplying the latest news stories. USA Today serves as a hub for contemporary communication and the exchange of informed opinions. Barkes’s appearance on this national platform allows her to spread her business knowledge and further solidify her reputation as a leader in her industry.

About NAEWS®:

The National Association of Experts, Writers & Speakers® (NAEWS) was founded to honor entrepreneurs and professionals around the world for their contribution to education, enlightenment and the advancement of business. This organization was created to help people come together and uncover the secrets of the world’s top experts, writers and speakers in order to attain a higher level of success. By providing information, strategies and networking opportunities, the National Association of Experts, Writers & Speakers® enables creative and knowledgeable people to build on their talents to achieve even more personal and professional success.

About Carol Barkes:

It can be hard to imagine someone would choose to surround themselves daily with conflict, yet that is exactly what Carol Barkes does. Not only does she work with conflict, she enthusiastically embraces it. Those who work with Carol immediately find her approachable, kind and spirited style both engaging and effective. As a result, she has become a sought-after conflict resolution leader who dynamically guides people through conflict in a more efficient and empowered manner.

Carol’s ability to transform difficult situations and positively change lives is her passion. This passion drives her goal of helping clients, whether organizations or individuals, prevent conflict before it begins and embrace conflict as a portal to positive change and progress when it cannot be avoided. But her goal doesn’t stop here; she also intends to reshape how the world approaches conflict. Her motto: RETHINK CONFLICT, embodies her purpose.

A lofty purpose such as changing the world is not new to Carol. As an American Academy of Achievement Golden Scroll Award recipient, Carol received the award with the promise of achieving success like the famous personalities present at the award ceremony. This was no small promise as attendees included wine mogul Robert Modavi, the prince of Bavaria, Henry Heimlich, President Ford, Walter Peyton, Elizabeth Taylor, astronaut Chuck Yeager, several Nobel peace prize recipients and many others.

Throughout life, Carol’s promise has driven her as she pursued a diverse variety of careers in search of the most meaningful way to make her contribution. For instance, she managed financial institutions, was a firefighter/engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area, directed a therapeutic riding center, was a hospice caregiver and became an entrepreneur who created a manufacturing company, lifestyle store and wine bistro.

While all very rewarding in their own way, these careers did not completely lend themselves to the higher purpose she knew was within her…until now. Her latest chapter arose from a difficult period in life which shook every aspect of Carol’s world. In search of insight derived from the experience, she discovered neuroscience. In neuroscience, she found answers; answers that helped her and ultimately helps those she serves. Carol has observed how life-changing it can be to understand how our brains process information. Consequently, she crafted a spirited and scientifically-based approach to conflict resolution that is refreshing and informative, while also being straight-forward and enjoyable. Her presentations are engaging and powerful additions to anyone’s toolbox.

Professionally, Carol is a Certified Professional Mediator, peak performance specialist, public speaker and educator focused on neuroscience and conflict resolution. She runs a private practice/consulting business while also serving as the Mediation Services Coordinator for Idaho’s largest District Court and teaching at Boise State University.

Carol holds an AA in Fire Science, a BBA in Global Leadership & Influence, an MBA in Negotiation & Conflict Management and is pursuing a PhD in Peak Performance Psychology.

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