About

Mediation Center is a recognized leader in the mediation and conflict resolution field. Established for over 30 years, and affiliated with the Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Mediation Center has a long reputation for excellence in mediation training and conflict resolution training for professionals and organizations. Directed by experienced conflict resolution practitioner Aimee Gourlay, trainings are led by a hand-picked team of trainers/consultants, each with at least twenty years of experience in managing conflict.

Training participants learn to settle disputes, solve problems and manage decisions, enhance relationships and improve communication, negotiate with confidence, navigate workplace challenges, and hone leadership skills. Mediation Center training offers professional accredited ongoing education training for Rule 114 Roster Neutrals, attorneys in MN, LMFTs, and others. Please call 612-222-0023 for more information about professional education credits.

Aimee Gourlay, Executive Director

Aimee Gourlay, Executive Director of Mediation Center, has been with Mediation Center since 1993. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell/Hamline Law School, teaching Negotiation and Mediation skills courses. Aimee is an adjunct faculty member with the Hamline MBA program, teaching Workplace Mediation Skills, Conflict Response for Managers, and Organizational Conflict Management Systems. She also serves on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals and the Transportation sub-roster.

With expertise in providing conflict resolution assistance to people from diverse worldviews, Aimee mediates and facilitates resolution of workplace issues, public policy concerns and organizational problems. She is well known for her work facilitating processes with high emotions and multiple stakeholder groups. Her work includes conflict assessments, process design consulting and mediations for: land use; watershed management; nonprofit organizations; systemic racial discrimination claims; allocation of public resources; legislative policy making dialogue; environmental permitting; and, work with teams within state and local government. Aimee’s workplace consulting experience includes process design, negotiation and mediation. Her mediation work is focused on pre-litigation employment issues, working with individuals and teams to resolve problems before they escalate and to improve the quality of the workplace. Clients include corporations, non-profit organizations, professional associations, state and local governments, and educational institutions. She serves on the EEOC panel of mediators and as a consultant for the MN Supreme Court ADR Ethics Board, and served on the United States Postal Service EEOC State of Minnesota Department of Human Rights mediator panels.

Sunday Harholdt, Director, has been with Mediation Center since 2014. She earned her Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law (formerly Hamline School of Law), where she also earned a Certificate in Advocacy and Problem-Solving from the Dispute Resolution Institute. At Mediation Center, Sunday assists with program development collaborations, conducts research on issues relevant to mediation in the midwest, assists in the development of best practices advice, and administers the training program. As training director, Sunday has expanded Mediation Center’s training roster to include Custody Evaluation Training, Intractable Issues in Child Custody, and Family Arbitration and Consensual Special Magistrate Training. She is a mediation trainer and role play coach for civil and family mediation training. She has presented at Mediation Center on the topics of family law, statutes, rules and ethics for Rule 114 neutrals; the Dispute Resolution Center and Conflict Resolution Minnesota’s annual conference on ethics for community mediators; Minnesota CLE’s ADR Institute on mediation orientations; St. Cloud State University on ethics for mediators; and Gjesdahl Law Firm in North Dakota on ethics for mediators in MN and ND.

Sunday is an attorney admitted to the Minnesota Bar and a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 on the Minnesota Statewide Civil and Family Neutral Rosters. Sunday also coordinates the Washington County Conciliation Court Volunteer Mediator Program.

Sunday Harholdt, Director