We are passionate about happiness at work. Too often, the ways work gets done - our standard operating processes, if you will - get in the way of social connection. Yet, fostering social connections leads to happier, more effective, more efficient work.
We help leaders and HR professionals in small-to-mid-sized businesses foster happiness and engagement for all employees.
Gina D’Andrea Weatherup
We spend too much time working to not be happy at work!
I started Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation because I thrive working with small groups to improve communications. I’ve long believed that we all deserve to be happy at work, and too often it’s simple communication issues that get in the way.
So many disputes start because of misunderstandings. And those that don’t start off that way often get worse because the parties find it difficult to really hear each other. Mediators are neutral professionals, leading people in conflict through a four-step conversational process where they have the opportunity to tell their own stories, hear each other’s perspectives, and pivot - with the mediator’s help - to focusing on how the future should be. At Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation, mediation is both one of our services, and the basis for everything we do. The essential skills in my toolbox are emotional intelligence, empathy, active listening, and the gift of being able to ask questions and reframe issues with a focus on the future.
Improving communications has always been at the center of my career. From undergraduate classes and a graduate teaching assistantship in Women’s Studies, to working in equal employment opportunity for the U.S. Army, to organizing and lobbying to improve health care funding and access, to helping small businesses create strategic plans and improve their online presence. At the center of all of this – at least the way I did it – was active listening.
You can also read more about why I do what I do on the blog.
Northern Virginia Mediation Services, Certificate in Mediation Skills and Practice
edX.org (UC Berkeley), Professional Certificate in the Science of Happiness at Work
The George Washington University, Master of Arts, Women’s Studies
Hartwick College, B.A., Independent Student Program, Women’s Studies, Minor Economics
A list of links to media quoting me and public events I've facilitated
How to Deal With Micromanagers. UpJourney, 2/22/2022
Use Your Powers for Good with Carolyn Opher Mozell. Podcast, 12/2/2021
Curiosity, Conflict, Communication. Episode 38 of the Association Transformation Podcast, 6/14/2021
FXCO Public Meeting: Equitable Vaccine Distribution to Underserved Communities. Sponsored by Network NOVA, Black Women United for Action, VA Latino Advisory Board, and the Rowan Tree Antiracism + Equity in Action Committee, 4/8/2021
3 ways to manage conflict when you work remotely. Fortune, 4/6/2020
The Feminist Interviews: Gina M. D'Andrea Weatherup. Natural Born Rebel, 3/13/2020
How to find common ground when it seems impossible. Fast Company, 1/14/2020
How to be less annoying (according to 11 experts). Upjourney, 12/18/2019
Should you consider a four-day work week? Small Biz Trends, 12/5/2019
"Gina’s been an amazing addition to our team. She helped us think through our goals, helped create the agenda, and helped walk us through beforehand. When the time came, we had a successful and meaningful session."
"Everyone can benefit from the skills she shares. There would be a lot less stress in our days if we used the tools Gina teaches in her workshops!"
"We so appreciate how open and creative she is. Whether you are looking for support in conflict resolution, in trainings or in facilitation, we absolutely recommend Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation."
"Listen! How to be a Better Manager was an excellent presentation on how we utilize our active listening to improve our roles as leaders in our organization."