Lisa Jaye, Mediator, Jaye & Associates
"Believe in yourself and always stay true to our values." That is advice that my Nana--one of the wisest and strongest women I have known -- gave me, and it has never steered me wrong. Similarly, whenever I embark on something new that challenges me beyond my comfort zone, I am reminded of a line from Dr. Maya Angelou's poem 'Our Grandmothers': " . . . go forth along, and stand as ten thousand," which reminds me that I am never alone and gives me the courage to move forward.
Lisa was the first African American woman nationally to be a Circuit Mediator for an appellate court. She served in that role at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for 18 years before launching her own mediation firm. As Circuit Mediator, she travelled the circuit--from Alaska to Arizona, Guam to Montana--helping parties and their counsel settle cases on appeal.