CNM announces 2011 Institute for Conflict Management Scholarship winners

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The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) and Lipscomb’s Institute for Conflict Management (ICM) have announced the awarding of two scholarships for CNM members beginning in 2011. Mary Wilder, operations director for Room in the Inn, and Kate Payne, director of ethics and palliative care at Saint Thomas Hospital have been awarded full tuition for a graduate certificate in conflict management at Lipscomb University.

An ICM graduate class taught by Tracey Allen.
Steve Joiner, managing director for the ICM said “these two individuals stood out greatly to the scholarship committee.  As established leaders in the Middle Tennessee nonprofit community, both Kate and Mary have the potential to use specialized skills in conflict management to impact not only their own organizations, but the broader vision and next generation of nonprofit employees, donors, volunteers and clients.”

The certificate in conflict management is a 15-hour graduate program (worth approximately $19,500) that can be applied toward a master's degree or earned on its own, and can be completed in as little as six months.
Room in the Inn has a mission of providing shelter, food, independence, safety and support to Nashvillians who struggle with homelessness every day.  As operations director for Room in the Inn, Wilder is responsible for coordinating with more than 150 faith communities to implement a winter shelter program. She also oversees the daily operation of the day shelter, adult education programming and volunteer services. Mary has served the Inn in this capacity since 2001.
Payne has served as director of ethics and palliative care at Saint Thomas Hospital since 1995. In this role, she is responsible for directing a program that includes consultation, education and policy initiatives related to ethics in the medical field. She also serves as a mentor to individuals in the postdoctoral ethics program and as a donor advocate for living kidney donors.
“The nonprofit leaders selected for this opportunity share an impressive set of professional skills that have served them and their agencies. I am thrilled that they are getting the opportunity to further develop these skills through the conflict management techniques they will learn at Lipscomb University,” said CNM President Lewis Lavine.
About the ICM
Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management (ICM) provides academic and business resources to equip students, organizations and professionals with skills to minimize the costs of unresolved conflict. Growing out of the internationally recognized dispute resolution work of L. Randolph Lowry, Lipscomb University president, the ICM provides degrees, certificates, seminars and research dedicated to the advancement of conflict management disciplines. For more information about the Institute visit
About the CNM
CNM, established in 1986 by the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and The Frist Foundation, provides training, consulting, research, evaluation and recognition to more than 650 nonprofit agencies. It provides these services with a staff of seven employees, 20 consultants, 50 specialized instructors and an annual budget of $1.6 million. For more information on the center visit