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About Dr. Lynne Maureen Hurdle


Dr. Lynne Maureen Hurdle, M.Ed., PhD brings over thirty five years of experience to her work as a Conflict Resolution Strategist, Speaker, Facilitator, Leadership Coach, and Author of the Amazon #1 Bestseller, “Closing Conflict For Leaders: How to Be A Bold Leader and Develop A Kick-Ass, High-Functioning, Happy AF Team.”

She is the creator of “The Soul of Conflict Tele-Summits: Healing Old Wounds and Creating Bold Leadership,” featuring interviews with powerful leaders. She is a TEDx speaker, writes regularly for Psychology Today, and has contributed her expertise to Court TV and Redbook magazine. As a lifelong Bronx resident and the mother of two sons, she uses her conflict resolution skills constantly while always finding reasons to laugh about life. Her ability to find the humor in conflict earned her a spot as a finalist for Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America.


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Featured Articles


Building Our Own Table with Sharon Hurley Hall

Hello friends,

One of the questions that often comes up in this work is how to have the hardest conversations with those closest to you. Please meet Dr. Lynne Maureen Hurdle, who has a programme that does exactly that …

Dr. Lynne, tell me briefly about your background prior to founding Hur Communication Solutions

Prior to founding my company, I worked in non-profit agencies and schools teaching conflict resolution skills and techniques to whole school communities (i.e. administrators, students, teachers, parents, etc.) and agency employees. I also taught them how to implement mediation and conflict resolution programs, delivered diversity workshops and taught contemplative skills and wrote and taught conflict resolution curriculum for grades K-12. I taught mediation and negotiation skills as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, NYU and John Jay College.

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How to Overcome Mental Barriers To Negotiation Success

Forbes Article by Kwame Christian

“The battle is lost before you even say one word if your mind is not set on where you want to go, how you want it to happen and the outcome you would truly like to see,” Hurdle explained.

Essentially, a negative mindset can contribute to a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you expect to be manipulated or offered a bad deal, it will impact how you engage in the conversation. If you’re engaging based on offense or mistrust, you will miss opportunities to leverage real opportunities.

Fostering Community While Facilitating Professional Growth

An Interview With Ashma Liutel

Ashma, noted that the sessions, including presentations, workshops, and community healing circles, were fantastic, and said that her favorite part of the day was hearing keynote speaker Lynne Maureen Hurdle give an address on “Shifting Power: The Change That Needs to Happen From Within.” Ashma explained that 2020 is the first year this student-led event was called ‘Community Day’ instead of ‘Common Day.’ “We thought, what does ‘common’ mean? Community brings people together, it fosters connection, it facilitates growing together. That was our intention.”


Authority Magazine: How To Grow Your Business or Brand By Writing a Book

An Interview With Theresa Albert

From the time that I was 3 years old, I knew that I wanted to be an entertainer. I loved acting, dancing, singing and creative writing. I knew that when it came time for college, I was going to major in theater. When I was 7, my parents moved my sister and I from a neighborhood that was all African American families to a predominantly White neighborhood. When I was 17, I was coming home from school on a New York City bus…

Featured Interviews


The Bronx Buzz | The Difference

Check out my recent interview with The Bronx Buzz. In this segment, Gary Axelbank has a very emotional conversation as he speaks with Carl Ficks , Malissa Smith , and myself to discuss our book, The Difference.


How to Get Comfortable (For Real) with Conflict

Imagine dealing with conflict in a way that BUILDS your relationships and community. Whether it’s your personal or professional life, conflict is BOUND to arise when you’re building something you care about.

“She’s one of the only people I know who is not only a master facilitator in the face of conflict, and she has tips and insights that could revolutionize how you adapt to conflict.” -Jennifer Kem

In this video we discuss… Why my work is some of the most important work we all need right now. How listening to my spiritual voice to make my purpose even though I wanted to be in entertainment, go back to my roots – cultural wealth and what messages are holding me back. How I define “breaking culture”and how it can change the trajectory of your life. How do we get more comfortable with conflict? And more!

OPEN Bx Rx Monday  “On the Matter of Race” Program

Interview with Dr. Bob Lee with BronxNet

Dr. Bob Lee is joined by Lynne Maureen Hurdle, Conflict Resolution Strategist, The Conflict Closer, who shares her thoughts on the gun violence taking place around the country and highlights her “On the Matter of Race” program.

OPEN Bx Rx Monday – The Slap Heard Around the World

Interview with Dr. Bob Lee with BronxNet

Maureen Lynn Hurdle, The Conflict Closer and a Conflict Resolution Strategist, speaks about the “slap heard around the world” at the 2022 Oscars and shares some advice on resolving similar conflicts.

Interview with Natalie B. McKenzie at The Whole Woman

The Whole Woman is a multicultural women’s wellness organization designed to inspire women.

Interview with Sara Oblak Speicher: On the Matter Of Race, Equity, and Building Success Differently

Conscious Brand Summit: Navigating Difficult Conversations In Challenging Times with Grace

The Bronx Talk: Mental Health Amid the Pandemic and How to Handle Difficult Conversations

On this episode of BronxTalk, we take a look at mental health and conflict resolution. Dr. Donna Friedman, Executive Director of Mosaic Mental Health as well as Lynne Maureen Hurdle, Conflict Resolution Specialist and her son Justin Nai’im Hurdle-Price join Gary Axelbank to discuss mental health amid the pandemic, and how to handle difficult conversations.

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Digital Dialogue Series – Women of All Races Panel Discussion


Psychology Today Articles


Confronting the Cultural Gatekeepers

When I Found the Courage to Speak Up About Breaking the “Rules of Culture”

Changing culture is no easy feat. Just mention the word culture and it stirs up images, sounds, smells, emotions and memories. In fact, Gandhi said, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”



The Culture of Spanking

Four Ways to Think Through It

In the middle of a recent exchange with my 15 year old son, I felt the impulse to pop him upside his head just to “stop the nonsense.” That phrase, “stop the nonsense,” is from my childhood among many others that my mom and her crew of mom friends would toss out in the heat of anger and exasperation when we kids were “acting up.”



Don’t Get Stuck With That Pin

Three Things Our White Friends Should Consider About Creating Safety

I posted two articles on my Facebook page this week. I posted them one right after the other. One titled “So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin” and the other titled “Dear White People Your Safety Pins Are Embarrassing.” The first article while not pledging…


How to Handle the Biggest Kinds of Family Stress This Holiday Season

How to Handle the Biggest Kinds of Family Stress This Holiday Season

These tips will guide you through three tough situations so you can connect with loved ones.

This year has been unusual, to say the least. And since the holidays tend to be a time of heightened emotion—sometimes beautiful, sometimes painful—you may be feeling extra apprehensive about “the most wonderful time of the year.”

While you’ll probably face the same stressors you do every holiday season, there may be new challenges thrown into the mix this year, thanks to COVID-19, social unrest, and a polarizing election. A key point to remember: Having a “normal” holiday may not be the goal to strive for.




Listen to my interview with Alexandra Stockwell, MD on her podcast, The Intimate Marriage Podcast.

I discussed Constructive Conflict – How we can all resolve conflict productively today and start dismantling racism for the future.

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I recently joined Shay Beider for the Conversations on Healing Podcast to discuss how people can embrace difficult conversations in times of conflict, my experience with creating dynamic leaders, and share the importance of open and honest communication.  

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Ari Squires is joined by Lynne Maureen Hurdle, a communication expert and conflict resolution strategist, diversity, equity and inclusion facilitator, speaker, and leadership coach with over 40 years of experience in blending the connection between communication, conflict and culture into her unique style of engagement for leaders. She is the author of the best seller, Closing Conflict for Leaders: How to Be a Bold Leader and Develop a Kick-Ass, High-Functioning, Happy AF Team. Prevention, Intervention and Transformational Conflict Resolution are all at the heart of her work. Her expertise is in engaging her clients with creative processes designed to create dialogue and teach skills that can be used in the most difficult leadership situations.

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Mental Shifts That Will Help You Have Difficult Conversations With Lynne Maureen Hurdle

In this episode, Lynne Maureen Hurdle, Conflict Resolution Strategist, shows us how to navigate conflict through mental shifting and active listening. Besides, she gives us her unique approach to understanding how culture can influence negotiations and what we can do to acknowledge and overcome cultural barriers in difficult conversations

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The Power Entrepreneur's Podcast-with-lynne-maureen-hurdle

Leading Through Conflict with Lynne Maureen Hurdle

The Leadership Coaching Group

Why leaders need to be comfortable with conflict Understanding why people are afraid of conflict How conflict is vital for innovation and maximizing teamwork.

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The Power Entrepreneur's Podcast-with-lynne-maureen-hurdle

The Power Entrepreneur’s Podcast

A behind-the-scenes look at how the uber-successful around us think and operate.

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How to Have Hard Conversations, Lean Into Conflict & Reframe Criticism

As a leader, how do you commit to having hard, uncomfortable conversations that deepen connection and trust within your company and your home?


Resolving Election Conflict on Civil Discourse

Resolving Election Conflict on Civil Discourse

The Conflict Closer, Lynne Maureen Hurdle was interiewed by Jayme of Civil Discourse in a conversation about resolving conflicts caused by the election between family members and loved ones.


Lynne Maureen Hurdle on Dr. Brenda Wade – Modern Love

Lynne Maureen Hurdle on Dr. Brenda Wade – Modern Love

Listen to me discuss The Weight of Hate and how it affects our body image.


Lynne Maureen Hurdle on BOLD with Emmy award winning producer LeGrande Green.

Lynne Maureen Hurdle on BOLD with Emmy award winning producer LeGrande Green

Listen to me share conflict resolution thought processes and strategies that can work for anyone.


“The Weight of Hate” TEDx Women

My Most Popular Topics


Brand and Corporate Reputation

  • Managing online and offline communication that may be causing reputation risk for your company
  • Case Study: How companies like Starbucks did things right and did things wrong after a public conflict and what your company needs to do when faced with the same
  • 4 Ways that a Company can shut down gossip and drama and shift to more positivity in their organization
  • Five Qualities Needed for Your Company to Be One of the Best Places to Work

Leadership and Team-Building

  • The Beginning Steps For Creating A Diverse and Inclusive Company Using Conflict as a Catalyst
  • How to Develop A Kick-Ass, Highly Productive, Happy AF to Work For You Team
  • The Cost of Hidden Conflict in Your Company and Business and How to Get Your Team on Board With Your Vision
  • Mastering The Difficult Conversations: How You And Your Team Can Communicate Your Way Through Anything

Work/Life Balance

  • 4 Ways to Find Peace and Productivity at Work While There’s Conflict at Home
  • 4 Ways to Find Peace and Happiness at Home While There’s Conflict at Work
  • How to Communicate With Your Boss, Spouse and Kids More Effectively Every Day
  • Mindfulness is The New Conflict Resolution Tool Not Enough People Know About

Raising A Family in Today’s World

  • Raising Leaders Not Followers
  • How Pop Culture Influences Your Children and 4 Ways You Can Make it Work For You
  • Case Studies: Profiling Some of The Most Influential People and Things That Your Children are Watching, and How to Have a Conversation About It
  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Social Media and Get Them to Listen