A Message from our Executive Director
Does diversity help a company reach its goals? A recent study of 1700 different companies across 8 countries conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) discovered that diversity produces 19% more revenue. It also found that "increasing the diversity of leadership teams leads to more and better innovation and improved financial performance." Read the entire Forbes magazine article HERE.
What can you do to harness the power of workplace differences for your company or organization? FairField Center has facilitation and training experts that can teach your team how to build better workplace relationships and foster a work environment that enhances productivity, increases employee satisfaction, and improves retention.
Contact us today to customize and deliver a training program for your team.
 -- Timothy J. Ruebke (Tim), Executive Director - FairField Center
´╗┐´╗┐Creating Community
International Festival Ramps Up for Sep. 29 Event 
The 21st Harrisonburg International Festival planning committee is hard at work putting the final touches on the September 29 event in its new downtown Harrisonburg location. For those that have not attended before, you are in for a treat! Festival attendees will find an abundant variety of international foods in Savor the Flavors, arts/goods in the World Bazaar, cultural performances at All the World’s a Stage, kids’ activities in Worlds of Play, and fellowship at the Global Village.
There is still a little time to sponsor or participate as a business or nonprofit in this popular Harrisonburg tradition.  Visit www.harrisonburg-international-festival.org for all the details.
Your donations help keep the festival free and vibrant!
Consider making a
contribution today! 
Cultivating Change
Difficult Conversations Presentation Garners Praise´╗┐  
Executive Director Tim Ruebke recently presented a half-day workshop titled “We Need to Talk: Difficult Conversations” for The Caton Companies®, a group of businesses that form an alliance of nearly 600 employees in 12 markets in Virginia and North Carolina. The group offers a full range of project management services – from development and financing to construction and leasing to ongoing property and asset management. The 60 leadership attendees commented that they found the presentation extremely helpful, with Don Cantore, Board of Directors, stating:  
“Tim – thank you for serving as the “keynote presenter” at our meeting.  Your presentation was outstanding and on point.  Chatter after the meeting was extremely positive.  Everyone agreed your presence was an value added.  You made the meeting informative, educational, and enjoyable.   I cannot thank you enough for your participation – you made me look like a “genius.”
Could your company leadership use a boost like this? Call us for customized staff training options. (540) 434-0059
2018 Mediation Bonanza Held 
Tashfia Hasan of the United Way presenting on the ALICE project
More than 20 mediators from around the state attended a day-long training event on July 18 that provided Continuing Mediator Education credits for mediation recertification in Virginia.  The day featured five dynamic sessions led by professionals in the Harrisonburg community and beyond, including two representatives from Dispute Resolution, Supreme Court of Virginia, who presented on “Mediator Ethics--It all comes back to Quality.” The group enjoyed a wonderful lunch catered by A Bowl of Good.
Trainings Coming Up in August and September 
Basic Mediation Training (September 10-12)
Family Mediation Training (September 12-14)
View all of our upcoming trainings HERE.  
Supporting the Changemakers
FairField Center Welcomes New Board Member 
FairField Center recently announced an addition to its Board of Directors, with Eastern Mennonite University (EMU)’s Travis Pettit coming on as a director. Pettit brings a background in management, organizational development, banking, and marketing to the board. He is currently director of admissions and marketing for all graduate, adult, and seminary programs at EMU.
“I am looking forward to working with the FairField Center’s various mediation, restorative justice, business services, and civic engagement programs. The impact these services can have on individuals, families, businesses, and organizations in our community is quite transformative, and expanding the knowledge and understanding of what FairField has to offer is a big priority in the coming months,” said Pettit about the new position.
FairField Receives Valley Fourth Donation
FairField Center Executive Director Tim Ruebke recently picked up the “big check” from VA Momentum’s Kevin Gibson from donations made to the FairField Center at the Valley Fourth event in downtown Harrisonburg. A total of $7,692.57 was raised by the event for local charities. Thank you VA Momentum and all the community members that made the event a rousing success.
July 2018
Think of those critical turning points in your life where a beneficial change occurred. How were you able to make the shift? Access to a community of caring and skilled changemakers can help more people successfully turn the corner on difficult situations.
FairField Turning Points is a newsletter about how the FairField Center does just that by:  
Creating Community. 
Cultivating Change.
Supporting the Changemakers. 
Table of Contents
Who is FairField?
Training is this staff member’s super power! Who is she and how many mediation super heroes has she unleashed to help us all get along better? Find out HERE.

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