Carrie Bennett started her consulting practice in 2015 after completing a Master’s Degree in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon School of Law. Prior to this, Carrie worked for over 10 years in K-12 public education as a teacher, dean of students, and mentor for beginning teachers.
Carrie is fascinated with the ways that well designed processes brings out the best in teams while no process at all brings out the worst in those same individuals. It’s not enough to just put people in a room together. To get to the heart of issues that really matter, teams need structure and support.
Carrie’s past clients include federal agencies, city governments, labor unions, universities, school districts, nonprofits, and small businesses (see the testimonials in the footer!). A skilled trainer, Carrie has co-taught courses on collaborative governance and facilitation through Portland State University and guest lectures with the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
In addition to her paid practice, Carrie has volunteered as a community mediator and small claims court mediator in both Oregon and Colorado. Carrie has served on multiple nonprofit boards.
Outside of work, Carrie is an avid outdoors-woman, gardener, and backyard chicken enthusiast. She loves traveling and being reminded of ALL the different ways people of the world meet their needs. Carrie lives in Laramie, Wyoming with her husband Drew and two young sons.