Damali Peterman

Breakthrough ADR LLC | New York, NY

Law firm training and empowering clients to navigate conflict and break through barriers.


Advising a nonprofit client.

Company description…

Breakthrough ADR specializes in innovative and engaging ways to help individuals, companies, government agencies and educational institutions prevent, manage and resolve conflict. We provide mediators, trainers and coaches for onsite and offsite assistance, and are building a worldwide community of conflict resolvers.

I started my company because…

As an attorney and mediator, I am often called to help resolve conflicts involving others. While working through these conflicts, I recognized that there were crucial steps that individuals could have taken to prevent their disputes from escalating. I saw a need to teach people active listening, effective communication, conflict de-escalation, and mediation skills. Think about the last time that you had a conflict and how you handled it. Would you have handled it differently if you had the techniques at your fingers to help you or a neutral and trusted advisor on call to help you weigh the options?

The impact I want my company to have on the world…

I want Breakthrough ADR to reduce personal conflict—whether at the workplace, home or anywhere else—by empowering individuals to become conflict resolvers. Conflicts lead to inefficiencies, the loss of good employees, stress on relationships and, at times, the involvement of law enforcement in non-emergency matters. Much of this can be addressed by people trained in conflict resolution. I started Breakthrough ADR to be a source of creative solutions for training people how to navigate conflict and for being a trusted third party to help resolve conflicts. I want my company to provide options that people never knew existed.

Top 3 goals for my business are…

  1. Develop and implement an online conflict resolution training platform for corporations, government agencies, educational institutions and communities.
  2. Become a recognized thought leader in conflict prevention, management and resolution.
  3. Build a worldwide community of conflict resolvers.

Women entrepreneurs are…

Breaking through barriers every day to power the economy.

I #EmbraceAmbition because…

I am trying to be the change that I want to see in the world.

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