Public Speaking

Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, Ph.D.

Founding Principal of Alignment Strategies Group

Speaking and Conference Capabilities

Spark Optimal Outcomes at Your Next Event


Bio: Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, Ph.D. Founding Principal


Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler is a recognized global leader on how to optimize organizational vitality by solving the unsolvable in organizational life. Her presentations leave audiences highly motivated and equipped with practical tools for taking action and achieving the results they desire. A dynamic keynote speaker and Founding Principal of Alignment Strategies Group, for the past two decades Jennifer has advised senior leaders at global corporations and large non-profit and governmental institutions including IBM, Intel, Bayer, Barclays, Citigroup, KPMG, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York City Department of Education, Oxfam America, and the United Nations.

Jennifer created the extraordinarily popular Columbia University course Transforming Conflict from Within where for the past decade she has taught leaders to successfully face even the most challenging long-term conflicts. The course has been consistently praised by students and faculty for its innovative and transformative approach-and its ability to produce results in situations that previously seemed hopeless at work, at home, and in public life. The contagious high-energy, passion and rigor that make Jennifer a successful teacher and advisor to leaders of some of the world’s most prestigious organizations also make her an irresistible, vibrant speaker, inspiring people of all backgrounds to free themselves from difficult dynamics, unleash their own vitality and live conflict-free. A former Graduate Research Fellow at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, Jenifer is author of the book Emotions in Longterm Conflict (2014) and is currently working on her next book, Conflict Free.  She has also authored articles and chapters in publications including Chief Learning Officer Magazine, the International Journal of Conflict Management, The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, and The Huffington Post.

Jennifer’s widely viewed Talk @ Google on Conflict Mastery can be found at:

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Quotes and Kudos

“Jennifer captivated our audience of Googlers in person and around the globe on our live stream site.Her high-energy presentation was bursting with extremely clear and practical advice on how to master even the most difficult conflicts.I recommend her to anyone planning an event anywhere.”
– Rachael O’Meara, Senior Account Manager at Google and author of Pause: Harnessing the LifeChanging Power of Giving Yourself a Break

“I loved Jennifer’s presentation. She has a knack for explaining complex ideas in digestible ways and demanding action. My team and I are continually benefitting from her wisdom.”
– Dieter Wachters, Vice President of Engineering at Collibra

“Our entire company has benefitted tremendously from Jennifer’s expertise. She has provided us with the frank insight and leadership know-how to significantly develop our organizational culture. The successful selling of our company to the most prestigious brand in our industry is partially attributable to Jennifer’s advisory.”
– Allan Weiser, CEO at DatesWeiser / Knoll Specialty

“Jennifer gave an insightful and inspiring presentation. It encouraged deep reflection among participants, which we rarely have the time or the inclination to do at the United Nations. Jennifer’s work is so clear and appealing. We look forward to benefiting from her ongoing work in this emerging field.”
– Executive Secretary, Conflict Prevention at the United Nations

“Jennifer provided fabulous insights on how to transform conflict to a room full of very attentive attendees. Everyone was so appreciative of the opportunity to learn about and participate in her stimulating and meaningful work.”
– Dr. Maria R. Volpe, Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the City University of New York (CUNY) Dispute Resolution Center

Jennifer had a profound influence on the way I view myself as a leader – and what leadership really means and entails. During our work together, I was awarded EDC’s Leadership Award; I am certain this was due in no small part to the work I completed with her.”
– Jeffrey Nelson, EVP at the New York City Economic Development Corporation

“Jennifer and her course have consistently received the highest ratings across the board. She is highly engaging and her work is transformative. She is a gem at Columbia, not to be missed.”
– Dr. Peter T. Coleman, Professor of Psychology and Education, Executive Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University

A decade of master’s and doctoral candidates from across Columbia’s graduate schools of business, law, education, psychology, and international public affairs say:

Jennifer is wonderful, warm, intelligent, delightful. She is a marvelous facilitator and presenter.”

“A heartfelt thank you for providing me with a new set of glasses with which to view the world. A powerful and life changing gift!”

“Jennifer’s presentation was applicable to conflict situations ranging from personal to international. I believe this material deserves lifelong reflection.”

“It is obvious to me that Jennifer lives what she teaches. She is a fabulous presenter who lives and teaches by example. She was amazing and authentic. Her passion shines through every sentence. She is the real deal!”

“Jennifer is amazing! She is one of the best instructors I’ve had at Columbia. It is evident that she truly cares about the topic and students.”

“I absolutely loved the workshop and Jennifer herself-what an amazing experience! I gained great personal insight as well as strategies to effectively deal with everyday conflict. I will definitely recommend it to others.”

“It didn’t feel like a course. It was an experience. I really appreciated every moment.”

“There were some administrative kinks at the start, but Jennifer managed them with ease, grace, and honesty. Jennifer served as a model of authenticity and demonstrated in real time the benefits of the mindfulness practices she teaches.”

“Jennifer has this master ability to create an environment that feels safe and secure, allowing strangers to be completely honest with one another. I am now prepared to take the risks needed to address conflicts that I encounter in my own life.”

“Jennifer is outstanding, accomplished and articulate. She is also profoundly humble and reflective. Jennifer helps every participant feel invited to speak up and be heard. This ensures a high level of participation, integration and diverse perspectives in the room.”

“This is the best course I’ve ever taken! I am much more confident and excited for how I will approach my future. I know I can successfully handle any future conflict that comes my way.”

“I have never experienced such a well-executed interactive, multi-dimensional style of presenting. I loved every minute of it.”

Interactive Keynote Presentation

Optimal Outcomes: Solve the Unsolvable – Even Without the Other Side’s Cooperation

This keynote brings to life the concepts in Jennifer’s forthcoming book, Optimal Outcomes. It introduces a set of deeply illuminating and empowering practices that will allow you to move beyond typical approaches and discover the power within to free yourself from even the toughest situations and conflicts-at work, at home, and in public life-even without cooperation from the other side.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify what has really been undermining your ability to solve the problem;
  • Discover completely new levers for change;
  • Harness difficult emotions;
  • Imagine and test sustainable optimal outcomes; and
  • Take the pattern-breaking actions required to bring lasting transformation.

By applying the Optimal Outcomes Method to a situation that you care about, you will leave empowered to address it and a host of situations you face every day with newfound freedom and ease.

This keynote will equip you with the mindsets, practices and tools to personally transform the relationships, teams, organizations and world around you-and to help others do the same.



Lambert Publishing: Emotions in Long-term Conflict, 2014


Talk @ Google: Mastering Conflict, 2016 Expert Interview, 2004


Risk Assistance Network + Exchange (RANE): Building a Compliance Culture, Featured Expert, 2016

The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice: A Framework for Thinking about Research on Conflict Resolution Initiatives, 2014

Chief Learning Officer Magazine Online: Resolving Tough Conflicts - One Competency at a Time, 2010

International Journal of Conflict Management: Emotional Intractability: Gender, Anger, Aggression and Rumination in Conflict, 2009

Peace and Conflict Studies: What We Don’t Know Can Help Us: Eliciting Out-OfDiscipline Knowledge for Work with Intractable Conflicts, 2006