Mary Lou O’Kennedy is a highly experienced mediator, conflict resolution specialist and trainer. She is a founder and director of OAK Conflict Dynamics Ltd.
Since 2006 Mary Lou has combined her management and development experience with her conflict resolution expertise delivering mediation, one-on-one coaching and training in the workplace.
In the twenty years previous to becoming an independent mediator/facilitator, Mary Lou managed and was a director/member of numerous private and non-profit companies. Her early research and management experience was with the Surveys Unit of the Economic and Social Research Institute, then as CEO of County Wexford Partnership Ltd for 11 years working to address social exclusion and disadvantage and as Managing Director of Tunstall Emergency Response Ltd for a further 5 years, supporting independent living for older people and those with disabilities.
She is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and Family Mediator with Friary Law/ADR (UK), and a certified Community and Workplace Mediator from Athena Mediation. She is a certified consultant and master trainer of the Mediation Training Institute at Eckerd College, Florida and is a CINERGY™ certified conflict management coach and trainer. Her primary degree in Social Science was awarded by UCD and her Master’s in Social Work by the University of Pittsburgh, USA.