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Naomi Wyatt

Chief of Staff, School District of Philadelphia

Naomi is the Chief of Staff to the Superintendent and Chief Talent Officer at the School District of Philadelphia.  In those roles she is responsible for creating a culture of change that leads to an equitable and functional school system for the 130,000 children in traditional public schools in Philadelphia.  She provides strategic leadership and program management to the senior leadership team and all central offices; develops, coordinates and implements the District’s Action Plan, with an emphasis on communicating the plan and priorities to internal audiences; oversees strategic labor relations decisions, supports executive level hiring and coordinates the annual assessment of the senior leadership team; and acts as a District liaison with the School Reform Commission, Charter School Office and District partners.

Before joining the School District, Naomi served in several leadership roles within government, non-profit, and private organizations, including as the Director of Legal and Government Affairs at The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, as the Vice President of Public Sector Client Strategy at Electronic Ink, and as the Executive Deputy Chief of Staff and Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Naomi received her B.A. in English from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Courses Taught

Negotiations Fall 2017
Course: Negotiations
Instructor: Naomi Wyatt
Course Section: 001
On-Campus Day(s): Friday, Saturday
On-Campus Time(s):

This course will meet in-person from 9:30am-1:00pm on the following Fridays and Saturdays: September 8-9, October 13-14, November 10-11, December 1-2. This course will meet virtually Mondays 7:00-8:00pm.

Online Day(s): Monday
Online Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Course Description:

To influence public policy you need analytical skills to discover optimal solutions to problems, and good negotiation skills to tailor implementable solutions that address the needs and priorities of multiple stakeholders. What resources you want to invest, whom you engage in discussions, and what you expect to receive in return are open to explicit and implicit negotiations.

This course will provide a working understanding of key negotiations concepts, including: 

  • Strategic elements of negotiations – interests, goals, positions, rights, power, value creation, high stakes, disputes 
  • Preparation for and the details of negotiation processes 
  • Ethical encounters and conundrums 
  • Leveraging your strengths / understanding your negotiating personality 

You will learn cooperative and competitive strategies, have a solid grasp of the decision-making science of negotiation, and better understand cognitive processes and emotional dynamics that affect the ways people negotiate. 

The learning process should be challenging and developmental. The best way to learn and internalize negotiation skills is to practice negotiating in a setting where insight is offered, feedback is plentiful, personal reflection is encouraged, and careful analysis is required. This course is experiential and built around a series of negotiation exercises (simulations which you will conduct) and debriefs (analytical discussions following each negotiation). The number and type of issues on the table, as well as the parties at the table, will vary. Understanding the structure of negotiable issues (resources) will provide you a methodology for preparing strategic information prior to the negotiation and strategically exchanging information at the table, while mindfully tapping your unique approach to build relationships and jointly create and explore opportunities.

Negotiation roles will be randomly assigned with the goal of maximizing interactions among classmates. 

Excelling in the art of negotiation is a lifelong process. Being both cooperative and competitive at the same time, tending both to the task and the relationship, discovering and implementing creative solutions in ever changing environments, and interacting with diverse people all require continuous development of negotiation skills. The skill set you develop and hone will serve you in both your personal and professional life. 

This course will meet in-person from 9:30am-1:00pm on the following Fridays and Saturdays: September 8-9, October 13-14, November 10-11, December 1-2.This course will meet virtually Mondays 7:00-8:00pm.

Negotiations Fall 2016 Online
Course: Negotiations
Instructor: Naomi Wyatt
Course Section: 001
Day(s): Tuesday
Time: 8:00pm-9:00pm
Hybrid Course: Yes, this class meets On-Campus and Online.
Additional On-Campus Dates:

This course will also meet on campus from 9:30am-1:00pm on the following dates: September 9-10, October 14-15, November 18-19, and December 2-3.

Course Location: Online
Course Description:

To influence public policy you need analytical skills to discover optimal solutions to problems, and good negotiation skills to tailor implementable solutions that address the needs and priorities of multiple stakeholders. What resources you want to invest, whom you engage in discussions, and what you expect to receive in return are open to explicit and implicit negotiations.

This course will provide a working understanding of key negotiations concepts, including: 

  • Strategic elements of negotiations – interests, goals, positions, rights, power, value creation, high stakes, disputes 
  • Preparation for and the details of negotiation processes 
  • Ethical encounters and conundrums 
  • Leveraging your strengths / understanding your negotiating personality 

You will learn cooperative and competitive strategies, have a solid grasp of the decision-making science of negotiation, and better understand cognitive processes and emotional dynamics that affect the ways people negotiate. 

The learning process should be challenging and developmental. The best way to learn and internalize negotiation skills is to practice negotiating in a setting where insight is offered, feedback is plentiful, personal reflection is encouraged, and careful analysis is required. This course is experiential and built around a series of negotiation exercises (simulations which you will conduct) and debriefs (analytical discussions following each negotiation). The number and type of issues on the table, as well as the parties at the table, will vary. Understanding the structure of negotiable issues (resources) will provide you a methodology for preparing strategic information prior to the negotiation and strategically exchanging information at the table, while mindfully tapping your unique approach to build relationships and jointly create and explore opportunities.

Negotiation roles will be randomly assigned with the goal of maximizing interactions among classmates. 

Excelling in the art of negotiation is a lifelong process. Being both cooperative and competitive at the same time, tending both to the task and the relationship, discovering and implementing creative solutions in ever changing environments, and interacting with diverse people all require continuous development of negotiation skills. The skill set you develop and hone will serve you in both your personal and professional life. 

Negotiations Fall 2016 On-Campus
Course: Negotiations
Instructor: Naomi Wyatt
Course Section: 001
Day(s): Friday, Saturday
Time: 9:30am-1:00pm
Hybrid Course: Yes, this class meets On-Campus and Online.
Hybrid Days and Time:

This course will meet on campus from 9:30am-1:00pm on the following dates: September 9-10, October 14-15, November 18-19, and December 2-3. The course will also meet online each week on Tuesdays 8-9pm.

Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

To influence public policy you need analytical skills to discover optimal solutions to problems, and good negotiation skills to tailor implementable solutions that address the needs and priorities of multiple stakeholders. What resources you want to invest, whom you engage in discussions, and what you expect to receive in return are open to explicit and implicit negotiations.

This course will provide a working understanding of key negotiations concepts, including: 

  • Strategic elements of negotiations – interests, goals, positions, rights, power, value creation, high stakes, disputes 
  • Preparation for and the details of negotiation processes 
  • Ethical encounters and conundrums 
  • Leveraging your strengths / understanding your negotiating personality 

You will learn cooperative and competitive strategies, have a solid grasp of the decision-making science of negotiation, and better understand cognitive processes and emotional dynamics that affect the ways people negotiate. 

The learning process should be challenging and developmental. The best way to learn and internalize negotiation skills is to practice negotiating in a setting where insight is offered, feedback is plentiful, personal reflection is encouraged, and careful analysis is required. This course is experiential and built around a series of negotiation exercises (simulations which you will conduct) and debriefs (analytical discussions following each negotiation). The number and type of issues on the table, as well as the parties at the table, will vary. Understanding the structure of negotiable issues (resources) will provide you a methodology for preparing strategic information prior to the negotiation and strategically exchanging information at the table, while mindfully tapping your unique approach to build relationships and jointly create and explore opportunities.

Negotiation roles will be randomly assigned with the goal of maximizing interactions among classmates. 

Excelling in the art of negotiation is a lifelong process. Being both cooperative and competitive at the same time, tending both to the task and the relationship, discovering and implementing creative solutions in ever changing environments, and interacting with diverse people all require continuous development of negotiation skills. The skill set you develop and hone will serve you in both your personal and professional life. 

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu