Gwen Olton

Executive Co-Director

Gwen is a lifelong student of nonviolence and brings her unique background in mental health nursing and conflict transformation to her work at the Institute. She is a lifelong learner of communication models and group processes that help transform conflicts to leverage for more systemic and liberatory change. She is an Appreciative Inquiry facilitator, member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, restorative process facilitator, transformative mediator, and an Apprentice Provider with the Nonviolent Global Liberation Community. Gwen studied philosophy (as well as geological sciences) at the University of Rochester, nursing at St. John Fisher College, and obtained a master’s in peace and conflict resolution from Arcadia University. She has a book on conflict transformation scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2022.

Blog posts by Gwen Olton

Stretching into Leadership

Last week, I was invited to speak at a banquet for student leaders at Paul Smith College on the topic of leadership. Below is the text for the talk, offered …

An Interview with Desmond Tutu

    “We can be free only together, safe only together, prosperous only together, and human only together.” View Gwen’s illustrated conversation with anti-apartheid and human rights activist, the late …

What’s Sign-Stealing got to do with Justice?

Major League Baseball has been rocked over the past several months with revelations that the 2017 champions, the Houston Astros, cheated. If you’re not familiar with the story and don’t …