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Lisa Gottlieb


Ann Arbor, MI
Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication

François Beausoleil


Quebec, Canada
Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication

Irene Bowers

Avon Lake, OH
B.A. in Communication
Certified Trainer Candidate with the Center for Nonviolent Communication

Lisa is passionate about NVC and is deeply invested in supporting individuals, couples and families by teaching  communication skills and offering tools to bring more ease, peace, connection, empathy and problem-solving into their lives.

Lisa also works with small businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations, and schools to find effective methods to improve communication with staff and customers, solve problems and increase productivity and worker satisfaction.


She is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Lisa has lived and worked in Ann Arbor, MI since 1977, raising her children and working for the last 18 years as a school social worker for Washtenaw Intermediate School District in the Court-Involved Youth Program, where she initiated the facility's first vegetable gardens and teaches yoga and mindfulness. Lisa is a co-founder of Selma Café, a non-profit local food and breakfast party that supports sustainable agriculture. 

François trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout the world. He brings a strong business and coaching focus to his work.

François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state.  

François’ previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity and music into the rooms and hearts wherever he shares his work.  He has an MBA from Sherbrooke University in Quebec and has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2008.

In 2014, he wrote the book, “The Blame-Free State,” and has been helping people moving out of blame for others and themselves in several countries since then. In 2018 he launched the Empathic Leadership Institute.

Irene has years of experience as writer, editor and communication consultant. With a Communication degree from Purdue University, Irene began her career writing and editing for consumer and trade publications, later working as a communication consultant in an international management consulting firm. In this role, she developed complex communication and training projects.

In 2004, Irene discovered NVC and began integrating and sharing it, and is pursuing Trainer Certification through the 
Center for Nonviolent Communication. Irene is a member of the Oberlin College Center for Dialogue which provides mediation and facilitation to the College and community. She taught a popular full-semester NVC class at Oberlin and continues to offer workshops for student groups and departments at the College, as well as classes in the Cleveland area.

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