New Dialogues – Thoughts from a Young Leader

On October 25th 2019, we are running the third edition of the CEDR New Dialogues programme, which aims to bring together 50 young leaders from all avenues of life to spend a day in free expert training, learning the key skills required to manage conflict and difficult conversations. The event is open to anyone aged 30 and under who can show their leadership potential, and will take place at Allen & Overy, London.

We caught up with one of 2018’s participants, Dalitso Tembo, to discuss her experience and what she took away from the training.

Dalitso Tembo, Law Graduate, Advocate for Rape Crisis Surrey & Sussex, who took part in New Dialogues last year.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a law graduate, and I recently completed the LLM BPTC. I am currently working as an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate. I attended CEDR’s New Dialogues event in October 2018.

What made you want to apply for the New Dialogues Programme?

I was motivated to apply for the New Dialogues Programme as while studying my Bar Professional Training Course I completed a module on ADR, which I enjoyed as it involved practical negotiation and mediation sessions. This experience helped me develop an interest in ADR. The programme, therefore, was a great opportunity to develop my knowledge and practical skills in relation to effective conflict resolution.

What was your main takeaway from the New Dialogues training?

Listening is an important skill when it comes to handling conflict, and what you choose to listen to can determine whether the conflict will be resolved.

How has New Dialogues helped you in your professional and or personal life?

New Dialogues has changed the way I approach conflict as I am now more strategic when deciding when to listen and knowing how to use the words I hear well. This involves listening carefully to the person I am differing with, in order to identify their needs and wants. This knowledge helps me understand the reason behind their conflicting reaction to the situation, and tailor the conversation and resolution in a way that considers the interests of both parties.

How would you sum up New Dialogues in one sentence?

It’s such a fun, thought-provoking and enlightening programme.


Are you a young leader, or on your way to becoming one? Could you benefit from the New Dialogues Training? Applications for our 2019 programme are now open. The event will take place on 25th October at Allen & Overy, London, and is open to all Young Leaders aged 30 and under. For more information, and to apply, visit

Read about some more Young Leaders below:

Ebunlomo Azeez

Elliot Boakes


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