Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida is a facilitator, educator, mediator and executive coach, who partners with clients to develop initiatives that will strengthen their core negotiation skills and effectiveness. She is President and CEO of Fisher Yoshida International LLC, and clients have included global organizations in the Fortune 100, private sector, nonprofit and government sectors, military and security forces, communities, school districts and academic institutions. At Columbia University, Dr. Fisher-Yoshida serves as Academic Director and Faculty of the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program, Vice-Chair of Faculty at the School of Professional Studies, and Co-Chair of the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute. She serves on the Boards of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution (CMMI), Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York (ACRGNY), Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HDHS), and the International Advisory Board of Sunkhronos Institue.
Dr. Fisher-Yoshida takes a systemic approach to working on both simple and complex issues with multiple stakeholders pertaining to all phases of the negotiation process. She believes strongly that negotiation is about building relationships with others. Her focus within negotiation is the preparation process, women and negotiation, storytelling and narrative, and culture. She has more than 25 years experience in working with clients, students and workshop participants on negotiation, in the form of workshops, coaching and designing and implementing a complete negotiation preparation and feedback process within an organization. She has worked globally across a variety of industries including Asia and the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America, in finance, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, education, military and the arts.
Dr. Fisher-Yoshida has been working globally with the United Nations as an external consultant for more than 18 years, and more recently with WHO and UNICEF. She worked as faculty in the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program, a joint collaboration between West Point and Columbia University. Prior to that she was a Training Manager with McKinsey & Company, Japan, a management-consulting firm that focuses on working with top leadership and management on strategy.
She has published many articles, chapters, and has authored and edited books. Her main areas of expertise in consulting and writing involve negotiation, conflict resolution and collaborative processes, intercultural communication, transformative learning and Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM), which takes a communication perspective.
Dr. Fisher-Yoshida received her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and MA in Organization Development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated with honors when she received her MA from Columbia University. She received both a BA and a BS from Buffalo State College. Dr. Fisher-Yoshida is a Certified Clinical Sociologist (CCS). She speaks conversational Japanese and lived and worked in Japan for 13 years.