Hon. Walter Blackman
Hon. Walter Blackman

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Hon. Walter Blackman

The Honorable Walt Blackman is a military combat veteran and public policy advocate; Walt has spent his life serving Arizona, whether in the military, across seven tours of duty, or as a State Representative, where Walt has delivered a record of results for Arizona.

Former State Representative Walt Blackman won his first election for State Representative in 2018 in the Sixth Legislative District. With his election win, Walt is the first Republican African American in the history of Arizona elected to the Arizona House of Representatives. He was re-elected to a second term in 2020.

Walt served in the United States Army for nearly 22 years as a Front-Line Tank Commander and Sexual Harassment and Assaulted Prevention Senior Program Manager Specialist. He earned a Bronze Star for combat action in Iraq and a Meritorious Service Medal.

After his retirement in 2016, Walt founded and is currently President and CEO of  WB Mediation & Consulting LLC. WB Consulting is an ADR and public policy consulting firm, WB Mediation & Consulting LLC, specializing in family mediation cases and State government and public policy mediation. In 2022 Walt founded and became the Executive Director of the Arizona Rural Public Schools Association, Inc. (ARPSA). ARPSA is a nonprofit association that works with public schools across Arizona to advocate and give rural schools a voice in the legislative process.

Walt continues to serve his community by volunteering to educate young adults and students at local public schools to prevent sexual harassment and assault across the state. Additionally, Walt assists his fellow veterans by volunteering at local food banks, Veteran Stand Down Days, and Veteran small business success seminars.

Walt has served with success and excellence in the 54th and 55th Legislatures. Walt’s primary focus is protecting life, health care issues, prison reform, and education funding. As a former Arizona State Representative, Walt ensured parents maintained school choice and teachers received pay raises, bonuses, and performance-based incentives. Walt consistently advocates for rural development programs that generate jobs, support ranchers, create revenue, and produce new small business opportunities.

Walt’s honorable recognitions include the 18 for the 2018 National Statewide Midterm Election as an up-and-coming political star. Walt was awarded the Freshmen Rookie of the year in the 2019 54th Legislative Session, Up and Coming Conservative Legislator, and was recently recognized as Best of the Best at the Capitol; 2020 Best Political Rising Star. The National African American Republican Committee awarded Walt Statesman of the Year.

ADR Experience

Department of Defense, United States Army
06/2014 – 04/2016 Hours per week: 20
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist (ADR);

Duties, Accomplishments, and Related Skills:

Project Management: Provided technical assistance and advice to management regarding the organization’s an equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative employment responsibilities. Recommended to commanders, supervisors, and managers actions that can be taken to resolve complaints. Interviewed complainants who have seen an EEO counselor confirm facts and nature of allegations. Assisted in The Office of Complaint Investigations (OCI) investigations and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hearings, obtained documents, arranged for witnesses and records, and provided advice on the technical aspects of hearings and investigations to managers and employees. Advised the employee and applicant on various courses of action available for filing complaints. Initiated requests for assignments of Investigators and Complaints Examiners. Scheduled administrative support and secured necessary records, data, and documentary information as required by the investigators and examiners. Planned needed for court reporters and assured the availability of witnesses. Assembled and closed complaint files IAW higher headquarters directives. Completed related EEO closeout documents as needed. Conducted orientations, training, and briefings on equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and sexual harassment.

Statically Data Collection: Computed and compiled EEO data from various reports and other source documentation from EEO records, personnel records, and printouts to produce one-time and recurring reports. Extracted data from databases in a proper format. Analyzed data, computed and summarized minority group, and statistical data in chart and narrative form, received and reviewed quarterly computer output, and obtained and synthesized information from reports, records and files. Computed and summarized total employment statistics and provided periodic feedback to management and senior leadership. Identified problem areas, determining trends, and updated information on the complaint Automatic Tracking System (CATS). Constructed data retrieval requests to obtain particular reports from various personnel systems and maintaining the security of a system that ensured access only to authorized needs.

Budgetary Data Management: Developed budgetary data for the EEO Office and inputted data into the respective budget programs. Established expenditure plan, tracked expenditures, and monitored and ensured that adequate funds were available for spending. Planned and developed agenda items for the monthly EEO Action Committee meetings. Arranged for off-site workshops and applied the appropriated funding Streams to resource workshops. Conducted follow-up to ensure all financial tasking was completed promptly.

Strategic Knowledge Base Skills: Expert knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, Executive Orders, court decisions, and issues related to the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity programs. Knowledge of the installation’s organizational structure, management policies, procedures, and practices.

Investigations: Develop best practices and Investigated employment practices and alleged violations of laws. Documented and corrected discriminatory factors pertaining to investigations. Prepared reports related to investigations of equal opportunity complaints Prepare research reports. Interviewed government employees and contractors assigned to the installation involved in equal opportunity complaints and verify case information. Meet with persons involved in equal opportunity complaints to arbitrate and settle disputes, Interview witnesses, suspects, or claimants, and negotiate agreements to resolve disputes.

Policy Analysis: Assisted the Director with EEO policy statements and prominently posted them in all personnel and EEO offices, throughout the installation and on the organization’s external website. Disseminate anti-harassment policy, reasonable accommodation procedures, and other EEO program information to all employees on the Fort Irwin installation. Developed reasonable accommodation procedures, personal assistance services procedures, and other written materials concerning the Commander’s EEO program on its public website. Apprised employees of their rights and responsibilities under the EEO process, anti-harassment program, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process, and reasonable accommodation program.

Principal Advisor: Assisted the director and acted in his absence by Serving as the alternate principal advisor to the commander. Assisted in managing the equal employment opportunity program and Army Equal Opportunity Program. Develop the implementation of the annual activity affirmative action plans with the guidance of the EEO Director. Reviewed civilian personnel administration policies and programs, advised the commander and/or Executive Officer of the department of the Army policy recommend, and initiated a policy to overcome the underrepresentation of minorities and women within the organization.

Community action organizations: Conducts meetings and briefings with community action organizations and outside agencies to improve equal employment opportunity relationships with local business and city government officials. Served on committees to establish policymaking and recommend leadership on position management, recruitment, training, promotion, and job design.

Developed affirmative action plans: Vast knowledge of Federal equal employment opportunity principles, laws, regulations and policies, and relevant decisions. Able to recognize and solve individual equal employment opportunity problems and to make technical recommendations for decisions in complaint cases. Comprehensive understanding of Federal personnel administration, policies, and practices, including appeals and grievances, labor relations, position classification, recruitment, and selection, to know when to obtain expert technical advice or assistance to answer questions and solve problems.

Special emphasis programs: Knowledge of the EEO concepts, principles, EEOC, DoD, and DA regulations, and policies governing Federal equal employment opportunity, including relevant judicial and administrative decisions. A comprehensive range of program management techniques proficiency, including program evaluation, program development, policy analysis, organization of personnel and resources, and negotiation of decisions with other program managers

EEO Core Competency Skills: High degree of judgment in establishing the direction and priorities of the EEO and EO programs achieved excellent results in deciding and recommending actions to achieve the best results throughout the installation. Developed the setting of program goals, planned short and long-range program objectives, evaluate progress, and recommended the level of program resources to Director and Manager. Participated in personnel management evaluation surveys that identified equal employment opportunity problems. Recruitment, Selection, Labor Relations: Expert knowledge of basic principles involved in personnel recruitment, selection, labor relations, job evaluation, and other personnel areas. The knowledge base in utilizing methods and techniques typical of the EEO program, including fact-finding, analysis, and resolution of problems. Proficiency in communicating effectively orally and in writing. Hands-on knowledge and skill in interpreting, explaining, and applying applicable regulations, personnel, Army, and EEO, and procedures in administering conventional fact-finding, analytical, and problem-solving methods. Developed recommendations involving coordinated recruitment planning, training, job design, and career management efforts and solved systemic equal employment problems throughout the organization.

 

Approach

Objectivity

The best mediators are completely objective and cannot allow themselves to be emotionally involved in any potential outcome because there are always opportunities to help both sides realize their goals throughout the process. Any type of conflict involves serious emotions, which can alter the course.

A good mediator cannot have a stake in the outcome if a fair solution is to be reached. Instead, the mediator must not only be completely neutral, but everything he or she does must appear completely neutral to both parties. It’s important to note that nearly everyone has unconscious biases, but recognizing those biases from the outset can help prevent potential conflict resolution issues.

Creativity

Mediation is, in and of itself, a creative process. The goal is to think outside the box to find an agreeable solution for both parties. Good mediators have the ability to improvise solutions that may not seem like standard solutions. Mediators must adapt as the situation within the mediation room changes, and they must be prepared to come up with solutions that help reach the shared goals.

Perseverance

The ability to move ahead when things simply aren’t going as well as you’d hoped is important in any setting, but it’s truer in the world of mediation than anywhere else. Good mediators devote time to prepare so that no matter what comes about during mediation, they can remain dedicated to dispute resolution. Clients on both sides of the table often see these efforts and respond well to them. Good mediators who continually encourage individuals to remain just a bit longer at the negotiation table are often rewarded with the ideal solution.

Negotiating Skills

Unlike judges, mediators don’t have any power to force parties to come to an agreement. As a result, they must be good negotiators to build a problem-solving attitude and create the results necessary in mediation. Often that means a solid level of emotional intelligence to better understand every aspect of the process, including the economic and emotional pieces. That also means there is a need for good self-control. Displays of anger or even irritation can quickly derail a negotiation. Typically, the negotiation begins when the mediator can finally define both the points of agreement and those of dispute. Once those are addressed, the creation of options for agreement can begin, where a successful outcome can be clearly defined for both parties.

Communication Skills

Few things can happen in mediation without good communication skills. The mediator must be a good communicator and understand the communication process because they control the flow of communication. Understanding how to communicate well and to read the communication dynamics of those involved is vital to the process. Mediators must continually reframe and restate what they’re hearing to help eliminate the negativity that can often damage the mediation process. Ralph Nicols once said, “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood,” This is truly the principle behind mediation. Thus, a good mediator must listen, understand, and present well throughout a session.

Personal Observation

Mediation isn’t just a list of skills. Instead, it’s often the combination of those skills in concert that creates reliable results. While these are far from the only mediator characteristics necessary for success, these tools are those of great mediators who can help parties avoid going to trial for problems that could easily be solved through mediation. These skills can certainly be learned, but many are simply innate characteristics.

 

 

 

 

Education

Lakewood University; Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Degree;

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

The Department of Defense;  Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) Patrick Air Force Base Coco Beach, FL. Degree; Equal Opportunity Advisor (ADR)

The Department of Defense;  Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) Patrick Air Force Base Coco Beach, FL. Degree: Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist (ADR), Civilian ADR

The Department of Defense;  Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) Patrick Air Force Base Coco Beach, FL. Degree: Department of Defense Department Mediator. ( ADR)

The Department of Defense, United State Army, Sexual Harassment Assault Response Program; (SHARP) Academy, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Degree: Program Manager’s Course

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adult Family
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Rights (discrimination)
  • Criminal
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Evictions
  • Government
  • Labor - Management
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Non Profits
  • Online Civil
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Public Policy
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • Sexual Harrassment

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Facilitator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Strategic Planning

Mediations

237

Fees and Provisos

Clients are encouraged to call our toll-free number at 1 (888)-341-5871 for a one-hour free consultation and price plans.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Sexual Assault Prevention Course Vilseck, Germany
  • Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Cape Canaveral AFS, FL United States Technical or Occupational Certificate
  • EEO Specialist Certification
  • EEO Officers/Manager Certification
  • Equal Opportunity Advisor Program
  • EEO Federal Mediation Certification
  • Program Managers Course: Equal Employment Opportunity Management Course
  • Program Managers Course: Sexual Assault Response Program Academy.
  • Lean Six Sigma (Yellow Belt)
  • Sexual Assault Prevention Course Certification,
  • Sexual Assault Advocate Certification (NOVA)

Professional Associations

  • Department of Defense ( DEOMI) Ammuni Assocation

Publications & Presentations

  • The ethical principles of a dispute resulting in a mediation
  • Why is Legal mediation better than other methods?
  • Judicial Elections
  • The Unchecked Failure Of The Arizona Criminal Justice System
  • The American Dream
  • Evidence-based recommendations for improved design of sexual harassment training.

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