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Louise Phipps Senft ’83

Louise Phipps Senft of Baltimore Mediation has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Alternative Dispute Resolution in Maryland. This award is given by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and it recognizes an individual who “honors the vision and accomplishments of Chief Judge Robert M. Bell for his work in promoting the use of ADR in the Maryland judiciary, schools, government, and communities.” The award will be presented to Louise Phipps Senft on April 24, 2018 in Baltimore Maryland. last updated: March 2018


Susan Novak Smith ’77

Susan Novak Smith (1977) and her daughter Carly, a junior at Suffield Academy in Connecticut.

We live in Fairfield, Connecticut and I work for American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) as the manager of our community based marketing programs for Au Pair in America. I have three children, Greg, John, and Carly. John graduated from UVa in 2005, Greg goes to Montana State University and Carly is a junior at Suffield Academy, a boarding high school in Connecticut. I have many fond memories of being a Theta and playing lacrosse at U.Va. I was in the charter class and remember meeting in an apartment. We had our spring formal at Monticello!


Louise Phipps Senft ’83

Louise Phipps Senft, 1983 President of Kappa Alpha Theta’s Delta Chi Chapter of the University of Virginia and Founder & CEO of LPS & Associates/Baltimore Mediation, recently received a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region. This is the second Top 100 MBE Award for Louise Phipps Senft, who was also honored in 2009. The award was presented by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, and MBE Award Founder/Program Director Sharon Pinder during ceremonies hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development on October 23.

The Top 100 MBE Awards were created to recognize those enterprising women and minority entrepreneurs who fuel the country’s economy through their innovation, sacrifices, and dedication to their field. The awards also celebrate entrepreneurs for their significant and inspiring contributions to their clients, professions, industries and communities.

Louise Phipps Senft founded LPS & Associates/Baltimore Mediation, the first private mediation firm in Maryland, in 1993. Since that time, Louise has become one of the region’s leaders in the field of alternative dispute resolution. She has also pioneered the use of transformational and relational approaches to mediation and conflict transformation in the United States and abroad.

As a mediator, trainer, and executive coach, Senft has focused on negotiation and personality dynamics in the workplace, executive suite and boardroom. A mother of five, she has served on the boards of numerous organizations- from community associations to professional organizations and international non-profits- to advocate for safety, the environment, religious integrity, and women’s rights, among other causes