DR. REBECCA NICHOLSON
Dr. Rebecca Nicholson is a specialist in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She assists clients who are navigating personal crisis and reputation risk, and guides families in resolving hidden issues and longstanding conflict. Her international clientele is comprised of individuals from sectors such as private defense, yachting, aviation, finance, and real estate. Dr. Nicholson has diversely applied her skill set across sectors, and has worked on various conflict issues (as they relate to individuals) in the global community:
Philanthropy. Her work in the philanthropic field explored human trafficking in India, Europe, and the United States. Prior to that, Dr. Nicholson worked to counter post-war communal violence in West Africa through traditional tribal engagement efforts. Dr. Nicholson’s other areas of focus have been former child soldier reintegration, genocide prevention, and countering violent extremism. She serves as a consultant to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations. She has published on issues of donor engagement and has an upcoming graduate level text on sustainable development.
Strategic Messaging / Crisis Communication. Dr. Nicholson’s communication work began in the press office of then-Governor Tom Ridge (later to become the first Secretary of Homeland Security). Her experience includes ten years of political campaigning, fundraising, strategic messaging, and press relations. Since then, Dr. Nicholson has assisted private clients, attorneys, and businesses with message development, internal control of information, and external control of the narrative, especially in times of extreme stress. More significantly, in the immediate 48 hours following a crisis – when emotions are most volatile, and results are most crucial – Dr. Nicholson remains available to clients to talk out their fears and frustration to ensure no mistakes are made.
Defense / Human Intelligence. Dr. Nicholson serves as a Senior Scientist at a Human Security company that creates curriculum material and instructs pre-deployment Green Berets at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and Center on the use of nonlethal soft power tactics to augment Psychological Operations and Civil-Military Affairs. She has spent over a decade working in indigenous and contemporary systems of conflict resolution, ranging from West African Palaver to FBI armed hostage negotiating, and applies this knowledge to the private sector. Drawing on wisdom and tactics from around the world, Dr. Nicholson helps clients examine their situation from mental, social, emotional, public and private angles not yet considered, so their strategy misses nothing, and their implementation is impeccable.
Discretion / Reputation Risk. Many high-profile clients are at personal, professional, and financial risk in the current political climate surrounding gender relations, largely due to not understanding their own risk or possible exposure. Dr. Nicholson has just published a graduate-level textbook, under a pen name, that defines and explains this issue. With complete discretion, and without the publicity of hiring a PR firm or labor lawyer specializing in sexual harassment, clients can have a discrete internal conversation to understand their context and handle internal issues, as well as create a message and adjust their policy if necessary.
Sensitive Topics / Unconventional Methods. Dr. Nicholson is well versed in and facilitates public and private discussions on sensitive topics including GLBTQ issues, youth and workplace bullying, homophobia, inequality, and gender violence. She consults on these issues, and also incorporates supplemental intuitive methodologies into her work, which although relatively unknown, are highly effective as additional sources of assessment and intelligence gathering. These modalities and more will be featured in her upcoming peer-reviewed volume Natural Healing as Conflict Resolution (IGI Global, forthcoming 2020).
Education. Dr. Nicholson’s clients benefit from her unconventional perspective and integrative methods. She holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, dual B.A. degrees in Political Science and Public Relations, and numerous certificates of specialized training. Dr. Nicholson learned Ayurveda treatments and performed Panchakarma for clients at Dr. Lina Thakar's Super Specialty Ayurveda Institute (formerly of Robinson Township). If you have specific questions about your own situation and what combination of mind - body - spiritual services might make your life better, please inquire for more details.