Now, you might be thinking, why set up a separate training course just for women?
But that’s the thing: this course isn’t just for women. Women are just the topic.
On March 1, 2013, the IACP successfully completed its first ever class of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) in Charlottesville, Virginia. With the help of the Charlottesville Police Department, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Motorola Foundation, the IACP was able to bring together forty-two officers and civilians from Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Illinois and the District of Columbia to receive leadership training, promote networking and engage in the exchange of ideas on the unique challenges of women in law enforcement.
The WLI looks at how men and women alike approach the issues that face women. Our cadre of instructors is composed of men and women who are committed to promoting equality in the workforce. The audience benefited from the experiences of speakers and panels which included the first female University of Virginia President, Teresa Sullivan; Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Decker; former Lenexa Chief of Police, Ellen Hanson; and Charlottesville Chief of Police, Timothy Longo who each spoke on the challenges of rising in the ranks and promoting women into leadership roles.
At the end of the day these issues affect everyone and the goal of the WLI is to offer strategies and training while continuing to create a dynamic, successful, diverse police force.
Keep your eye out for WLI coming to a City near you! Next stops on our tour? Boston, MA and Seattle, WA.
For more information, visit us at http://www.theiacp.org/www.theiacp.org/tabid/1081/Default.aspx.