May 2005 Employee of the Month

Posted: May 2, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

Elizabeth “Libby” Thompson, financial manager, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), is May’s Employee of the Month. For the past three years, Thompson has represented ICAR on the Peer Mediation Annual Conference steering committee, organized with Fairfax County Public Schools.

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Libby Thompson
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“Elizabeth has done much more than simply provide logistical support; she has encouraged ICAR students to get involved,” says ICAR Director Sara Cobb. “She has encouraged new players in the Fairfax school system to participate in this conference and accomplished all this with her usual gracious and efficient manner, making substantive suggestions and smoothly anchoring all the administrative work that is core to a successful conference.”

Thompson was surprised when she found out she was Employee of the Month. “It is nice to receive recognition for one’s hard work, but I must say that I work with a wonderful administrative staff here at ICAR and I feel we all deserve the award,” says Thompson.

Katie Wert, faculty and staff event scheduler in Events Management, says working with Thompson to plan and execute events is a pleasure. “She is always thoughtful, conscientious, and forward-thinking in her efforts to make her conferences a success. It’s obvious to everyone who has the opportunity to work with her that she takes pride in her job.”

More praise from Thompson comes from Marge Bleiweis, conflict resolution specialist with Fairfax County Public Schools. “Elizabeth is always there to pitch in and help, whether it’s to set up tables, move students around, or supervise lunch pick-up. Best of all, she always has a smile and a word of encouragement,” said Bleiweis.

For the past three years, Oliver Moles, a visiting fellow with ICAR, has worked on the steering committee with Thompson. “She has been an essential link, because the conferences are held on the George Mason Fairfax Campus. She always offers constructive suggestions for the work of the committee as a whole and provides good alternatives to explore in negotiating with the university.” He adds, “She carries out her duties with a very high level of professionalism.”

According to Thompson, the favorite part of her job is the people she works with. “My co-workers here at ICAR are fantastic. We work well together and help each other out with projects or assignments. I also enjoy interacting with the students—there are some really fun, wonderful people among them,” says Thompson.

Thompson has an associate’s degree in business management from Northern Virginia Community College and has also taken classes at the University of Louisville. Her goal is to complete her bachelor’s degree in individualized studies.

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