The Women in Law Enforcement Summit
October 29-31, 2023


Sunday - October 29, 2023

1:30 PM 2:30 PM

12:30 PM 1:30 PM

11:30 AM 12:30 PM

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

6:30 PM 7:30 PM


1:30 PM 7:00 PM

12:30 PM 6:00 PM

11:30 AM 5:00 PM

10:30 AM 4:00 PM

6:30 PM 12:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

2:30 PM 4:00 PM

1:30 PM 3:00 PM

12:30 PM 2:00 PM

11:30 AM 1:00 PM

7:30 PM 9:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop – Part 1: Create Stronger Connections Personally and Professionally

  • Understand the importance of vulnerability in establishing connections 
  • Use Dare to Lead™ courage skill set BRAVING Trust to build healthier and more meaningful relationships  
  • Find the people who will help lift us up and support us in our professional goals 
  • Acknowledge how trusting ourselves is essential in knowing what we actually want in relationships and our professional goals  

Mandie Kelel, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist
Contract Therapist with North Las Vegas Police Department


*Additional Registration Required

4:00 PM 4:30 PM

3:00 PM 3:30 PM

2:00 PM 2:30 PM

1:00 PM 1:30 PM

9:00 PM 9:30 PM

Networking Break

4:30 PM 6:00 PM

3:30 PM 5:00 PM

2:30 PM 4:00 PM

1:30 PM 3:00 PM

9:30 PM 11:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop – Part 2: Trauma Informed Policing

  • Comprehend sexual assault, trauma, and suicide awareness from a victim's perspective  
  • Assess the data behind of sexual abuse and how that is linked to self-harm  
  • Understand the victim's physical and psychological experience during a traumatic event and the potential to deter them from reporting the incident to law enforcement 
  • Evaluate interview techniques that will assist victims communication with law enforcement and will cause officers to rethink their investigation tactics.  

Sherrie Allsup, Founder,
Courage Starts With You


*Additional Registration Required

6:00 PM 12:59 PM

5:00 PM 11:59 AM

4:00 PM 10:59 AM

3:00 PM 9:59 AM

11:00 PM 6:59 PM

Session Transition

6:10 PM 6:30 PM

5:10 PM 5:30 PM

4:10 PM 4:30 PM

3:10 PM 3:30 PM

11:10 PM 11:30 PM

Mental Health Awareness

Frank Ray- Country Music Artist 
Retired Police Officer 

6:30 PM 7:30 PM

5:30 PM 6:30 PM

4:30 PM 5:30 PM

3:30 PM 4:30 PM

11:30 PM 12:30 AM

Networking Cocktail Reception

Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and face-to-face networking with peers. 


With Special Guest
Frank Ray- Country Music Artist 
Retired Police Officer 


*All Conference Attendees Welcome

Monday - October 30, 2023

8:45 AM 9:45 AM

7:45 AM 8:45 AM

6:45 AM 7:45 AM

5:45 AM 6:45 AM

1:45 PM 2:45 PM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 AM 7:30 PM

7:45 AM 6:30 PM

6:45 AM 5:30 PM

5:45 AM 4:30 PM

1:45 PM 12:30 AM

Exhibit Hall Opens

9:45 AM 9:55 AM

8:45 AM 8:55 AM

7:45 AM 7:55 AM

6:45 AM 6:55 AM

2:45 PM 2:55 PM

Welcome Remarks

Mike Boward, Sergeant, 
Fort Collins Police 

9:55 AM 10:40 AM

8:55 AM 9:40 AM

7:55 AM 8:40 AM

6:55 AM 7:40 AM

2:55 PM 3:40 PM

Construct Positive Change Through Mentorship of Women in Law Enforcement

  • Explore the short-term and long-term benefits of a strong mentorship program within your department to support female professionals
  • Assess the key attributes of a strong mentor and utilize these traits when adding mentors into the program
  • Highlight the mentorship program as both a recruitment and retention tool to attract aspiring female police officers to join your department


Michelle McAllister, Detective, Police Personnel Background Investigator 
Prince William County Police Department 


Astrid S. Robinson, Lieutenant,  
Prince William County Police Department 

10:40 AM 11:25 AM

9:40 AM 10:25 AM

8:40 AM 9:25 AM

7:40 AM 8:25 AM

3:40 PM 4:25 PM

Cadet Program Success- Strategies to Improve Female Inclusion and Attrition Rate

  • Analyze approaches to attract female cadet candidates at an early age to increase interactions and build relationships
  • Explore strategies to improve success rates of cadets in your program becoming officers in your departments
  • Utilize female role models as part of your recruiting approach to attract the next generation of female cadets into your program


Maria Wilson, Staff Sergeant,  
Peel Police Department 


Kourtney Wilson-Atkinson, Detective Constable 
Peel Regional Police 

11:25 AM 11:45 AM

10:25 AM 10:45 AM

9:25 AM 9:45 AM

8:25 AM 8:45 AM

4:25 PM 4:45 PM

Networking Break

11:45 AM 12:30 PM

10:45 AM 11:30 AM

9:45 AM 10:30 AM

8:45 AM 9:30 AM

4:45 PM 5:30 PM

Undercover Officer- Exploring the Role of an Undercover Female Police Officer

Undercover Officer- Exploring the Role of an Undercover Female Police Officer

  • Understand the role of an undercover officer and how it will impact your personal and professional life
  • Discuss the importance of sufficient training to guarantee officer preparedness for the role
  • Hear real life experiences of a female undercover police officer to better understand the role

Michelle McAllister, Detective, Police Personnel Background Investigator
Prince William County Police Department

12:30 PM 1:15 PM

11:30 AM 12:15 PM

10:30 AM 11:15 AM

9:30 AM 10:15 AM

5:30 PM 6:15 PM

Featuring the Mesa Police Department and Epic Recruiting

  • Understand today's job seeker and meet them where they are 
  • Develop a brand and produce professional content 
  • Explore why a recruiting website matters... It's all about the data 
  • Use online advertising to increase reach, generate awareness, and drive conversions 

Elisha Gibbs, Sergeant, Recruitment and Community Relations
Mesa Police Department

Sam Blonder, CEO
Epic Recruiting

Brittany Winfrey, MBA, Digital Marketing Manager
Epic Recruiting

Alex Johnston, Chief Creative Officer,
Epic Recruiting

1:15 PM 2:15 PM

12:15 PM 1:15 PM

11:15 AM 12:15 PM

10:15 AM 11:15 AM

6:15 PM 7:15 PM

Networking Lunch

2:15 PM 3:00 PM

1:15 PM 2:00 PM

12:15 PM 1:00 PM

11:15 AM 12:00 PM

7:15 PM 8:00 PM

Thriving in a Small Sized Police Department

  • Assess the pros and cons of working for a small sized police department as a female police professional 
  • Take advantage of participating in a variety of specialty areas of policing and capitalize on learning opportunities 
  • Evaluate tactics to achieve career aspirations in a smaller agency and achieve promotions 

Tricia Putnam, Sergeant, Criminal Investigations and School Resource Division
Clarke County Sheriff's Office

3:00 PM 3:45 PM

2:00 PM 2:45 PM

1:00 PM 1:45 PM

12:00 PM 12:45 PM

8:00 PM 8:45 PM

Aspire to Reach the Top - Understand and Conquer the Promotional Process

  • Set goals to break through the glass ceiling and reach the top of your organization
  • Understand the promotional process and the differences between each level of promotion to better prepare for interviews
  • Utilize experienced mentors to guide you through the process and transfer knowledge and wisdom to help you achieve your career objectives


Dawn Carpenter, Sergeant, Recruitment Services Section Supervisor
Pennsylvania State Police


Mary L. Gausman, Lieutenant, Recruitment Services Section Commander
Bureau of Training and Education
Pennsylvania State Police

3:45 PM 4:05 PM

2:45 PM 3:05 PM

1:45 PM 2:05 PM

12:45 PM 1:05 PM

8:45 PM 9:05 PM

Networking Break

4:05 PM 4:50 PM

3:05 PM 3:50 PM

2:05 PM 2:50 PM

1:05 PM 1:50 PM

9:05 PM 9:50 PM

Recruiting Outside the Box for the Next Generation of Female Professionals

  • Examine current recruiting techniques that are implemented to attract female candidates to assess rate of success  
  • Explore new locations that potential female candidates spend time where you can interact with them 
  • Adjust recruiting tactics to a personal and empathetic approach to garner the attention of new candidates 


Clay Swensen, Lieutenant, Patrol Division 
Sandy Police Department 


Mike Boward, Sergeant, 
Fort Collins Police 

4:50 PM 5:35 PM

3:50 PM 4:35 PM

2:50 PM 3:35 PM

1:50 PM 2:35 PM

9:50 PM 10:35 PM

Sales Industry Strategies to Recruit Female Officers

  • Analyze the sales industry approach to attracting and retaining customers to identify important traits to success 
  • Identify opportunities to increase interactions and touches with interested candidates  
  • Introduce the use of customer databases, email cadences, and QR codes on marketing materials to increase lead conversion 

Maria Wilson, Staff Sergeant,
Peel Police Department

Kourtney Wilson-Atkinson, Detective Constable
Peel Regional Police

5:35 PM 6:20 PM

4:35 PM 5:20 PM

3:35 PM 4:20 PM

2:35 PM 3:20 PM

10:35 PM 11:20 PM

Create a Culture of Support and Excellence

  • Assess cultural changes that can be incorporated in your department to enhance female support of other female professionals 
  • Utilize mentorship tactics to provide valuable guidance and feedback for female professionals preparing for promotion 
  • Inspire the next generation of female professionals entering your department to lead by example and lift up fellow female professionals 

Andrea Brun, Recruiting Manager,
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department


6:20 PM 6:30 PM

5:20 PM 5:30 PM

4:20 PM 4:30 PM

3:20 PM 3:30 PM

11:20 PM 11:30 PM

Closing Session

Mike Boward, Sergeant, 
Fort Collins Police 

6:30 PM 7:30 PM

5:30 PM 6:30 PM

4:30 PM 5:30 PM

3:30 PM 4:30 PM

11:30 PM 12:30 AM

Networking Cocktail Reception

Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and face-to-face networking with peers. 

Tuesday - October 31, 2023

9:00 AM 10:00 AM

8:00 AM 9:00 AM

7:00 AM 8:00 AM

6:00 AM 7:00 AM

2:00 PM 3:00 PM

Networking Breakfast

10:00 AM 10:10 AM

9:00 AM 9:10 AM

8:00 AM 8:10 AM

7:00 AM 7:10 AM

3:00 PM 3:10 PM

Opening Remarks

Mike Boward, Sergeant, 
Fort Collins Police 

10:10 AM 10:55 AM

9:10 AM 9:55 AM

8:10 AM 8:55 AM

7:10 AM 7:55 AM

3:10 PM 3:55 PM

Support Promotion Goals Through Advancing your Education

  • Calculate the benefits of furthering your education to achieve promotional goals and stand out from the crowd 
  • Explore educational opportunities that are available to you that support law enforcement professionals and understand the balance of education whilst working 
  • Prepare your time efficiently to achieve success in your work life, personal life, family life, and education with strong time management skills 


Speaker to be announced 

10:55 AM 11:40 AM

9:55 AM 10:40 AM

8:55 AM 9:40 AM

7:55 AM 8:40 AM

3:55 PM 4:40 PM

Don’t Wait! Take Control of Your Physical Health to Improve Mental Health

  • Understand the value of physical training, nutrition education, meal preparation, and relaxation techniques on your personal wellness 
  • Create and implement an action plan into your daily routine to include physical training and relaxation to improve your personal and professional life 
  • Incorporate your family members and friends as part of this process to enjoy quality time while remaining healthy 

Kristen Wright, Sergeant, Officer
Olympia Police Department

Mandy Nice, Cordico Strategic Wellness Director,

11:40 AM 12:00 PM

10:40 AM 11:00 AM

9:40 AM 10:00 AM

8:40 AM 9:00 AM

4:40 PM 5:00 PM

Networking Break

12:00 PM 12:45 PM

11:00 AM 11:45 AM

10:00 AM 10:45 AM

9:00 AM 9:45 AM

5:00 PM 5:45 PM

Tactics to Prevent Professional Burnout

  • Detect common traits of professionals experiencing physical and psychological fatigue to improve self-awareness
  • Explore stress reduction techniques such as yoga, breathing exercises, self-reflection methods that can help combat the daily pressures of the occupation
  • Utilize mentors, family members, and friends for support and guidance through positive communication to ensure mental wellness


Dawn Carpenter, Sergeant, Recruitment Services Section Supervisor 
Pennsylvania State Police 


Mary L. Gausman, Lieutenant, Recruitment Services Section Commander 
Bureau of Training and Education 
Pennsylvania State Police 

12:45 PM 1:30 PM

11:45 AM 12:30 PM

10:45 AM 11:30 AM

9:45 AM 10:30 AM

5:45 PM 6:30 PM

Industry Leader Conclusion-What we Have Learned

  • Assess the role and importance of mentorship for female officers within your department
  • Analyze unique approaches to achieve occupational goals in small, medium, and large agencies
  • Explore tried and tested tactics to break through the glass ceiling for promotion
  • Discuss new approaches to improve support for female officers so thay can excel in their roles



 Mike Boward, Sergeant, 
Fort Collins Police 




Panelists to be announced 

1:30 PM 1:40 PM

12:30 PM 12:40 PM

11:30 AM 11:40 AM

10:30 AM 10:40 AM

6:30 PM 6:40 PM

Closing Session

Mike Boward, Sergeant, 
Fort Collins Police 

1:40 PM 2:40 PM

12:40 PM 1:40 PM

11:40 AM 12:40 PM

10:40 AM 11:40 AM

6:40 PM 7:40 PM

Networking Lunch and Roundtable Discussion

Join us for face-to-face networking with peers over lunch, included in your event registration. You will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive roundtable featuring hot topics and the latest technologies and solutions for boosting your organization's endeavors. These speed-networking type presentations are 25 minutes long, allowing you to make your way to several roundtables throughout the reception.

Roundtable 1:

Financial Planning and Goal Setting

Prepare for retirement and children’s college expenses from day 1 on the job! Financial planning is the best way to decrease financial pressures and have a strong action plan to achieve your goals.

Dr. Vereen Barton,
Assistant Division Chief, Director of Recruiting, Criminal Investigation And the Office of Accountability and Oversight  
Maryland-National Capital Park, Prince George’s County 


Roundtable 2:

Strategies to Regain Composure in High Stress Environments

Analyze and utilize techniques to overcome high stress situations and regain composure to ensure mental wellness is achieved.


Facilitator to be announced


Roundtable 3:

Create and Individually Designed Work Out Program

Come prepared to create an action plan and design your individual work-out that fits your needs and is achievable to accomplish based on your weekly schedule.

Kristen Wright, Sergeant, Officer
Olympia Police Department


Roundtable 4:

Capitalize on Social-Media Platforms to Increase Recruitment of Female Candidates

Explore changes to social-media marketing efforts and ensure you are marketing on the most used platforms to increase diversity in your candidate pool.

Brittany Winfrey, MBA, Digital Marketing Manager
Epic Recruiting