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Take Charge Negotiations

We believe in Mindful Negotiation™

The way we approach decisions and address problems is similar to a journey. With each, there are many ways you can choose to go. The choices you make will likely impact your experience - whether the path before you is rough or smooth, exposed or shaded, filled with peaks and valleys or a straight shot. . .

In making the choices that will create your best path forward, you need a guidepost to make sure you are headed in the right direction and to keep you on that path. 

That is why we are here.


Our Services

Since 2019, we've trained over 1,500 people on Mindful Negotiation™.

Mindfulness is a crucial negotiation skill because it allows you to remain focused on the conversation and open to solutions, all while proceeding without the judgments we often carry - about ourselves, others, and even the negotiation process.

Compass by Take Charge Negotiations®™  was created to teach you about mindfulness techniques, negotiation strategies, and how to marry these concepts for improved negotiation experiences and outcomes.

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Eight Week Program for Corporations & Law Firms

Leveraging mindfulness in the context of negotiations is a dynamic process. It's more than reading a book, or taking another class. It's a journey.

To help guide people along their paths, we explore such topics as visualization, listening, power, judgment, empathy, and how to walk away in classes and group coaching sessions.

Online Education

We offer innovative online educational programs to help you hone your negotiation skills and develop problem solving and practical decision making strategies using mindfulness.

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Dispute Resolution Services

Erin also serves as an independent arbitrator and mediator. She acts as tribunal chair, sole arbitrator, emergency arbitrator, and mediator in cases relating to complex commercial matters. 

Erin is held in the highest regard by parties for her ability to diffuse volatile situations and reconstruct broken business relationships. She is known for her fair and tenacious approach to her work as a neutral.

Speaking Engagements

Erin Gleason Alvarez, Founder & CEO of Take Charge Negotiations, speaks regularly on the importance of mindfulness in negotiation - particularly for women.  She was recently a featured speaker at the Female Founder Collective annual gathering, and has presented before bar associations and think tanks across North America and Europe.

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Our Story

Take Charge Negotiations® was founded by Erin Gleason Alvarez, an internationally renowned mediator, arbitrator and award-winning writer who has taught negotiation to thousands of people across the globe.

A lawyer for over 20 years, Erin has devoted her career to dispute resolution.  She is a sought-after speaker on topics relating to the intersection between mediation, negotiation, and mindfulness and has presented before the United Nations, bar associations across the United States and Europe,  and women's organizations including HeyMama, The Wing, and Luminary. 

Take Charge Negotiations began as a small, enthusiastic group who wanted a place to talk about how women's negotiation skills are often overlooked and undervalued. Today, our programs are full of diverse topics and engaging conversations covering all aspects of negotiation, regardless of gender identity. 

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I enjoyed learning about new ways of thinking about approaching negotiations. Erin was full of terrific insights, and the monthly lessons were full of practical exercises designed to help negotiators feel more in control of the process.

Law Firm Founding Partner

Erin’s approach to negotiation in everyday life and work is spot on! Her tips for managing relationships and staying grounded and present during challenging conversations are sure to make them more productive and positive in any situation.


Mindful negotiation helps focus attention and energy away from personal dynamics and performance to finding a common goal.

Law Firm Partner


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