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WIFLE 16th Annual Leadership Training in Tampa, FL, June 8-11

WIFLE Foundation, Inc. will hold its 16th annual Leadership Training June 8-11, 2015 at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, Florida.  Our program starts June 8th with “The Winning Mind for Women Unleashed!” This eight-hour interactive training will inspire, inform, and provide attendees with information they can use immediately to improve and enhance both their professional and personal lives.

This program is unlike any training course available today, and is the culmination of over 20 years of research and experience brought to you by the veteran trainer who developed the original “Street Survival for Women.”  This course encourages women to look beyond the anecdotal, “that’s-the-way-we’ve-always-done-it” world of policing, and utilize science, physiology and proven methods to help them improve their career, safety and outlook.

June 9th begins with our key note speaker, Sarah Saldana, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Saldana now oversees nearly 20,000 employees in 400 offices in all 50 states and 48 countries that enforce approximately 400 federal statutes governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.

Our 2015 WIFLE Executive Leadership Institute (WELI) Seminar, “Getting Our Voices Heard,” will focus on enabling opportunities that help get our voices heard.  Participants will develop and practice coaching skills alongside the use of a polarity-thinking framework.  Polarity thinking helps us move beyond either/or decision-making, and black-or-white problem solving.  In life and at work, we all face challenges we cannot easily solve.  Participants will learn the polarity framework, and how to apply it to the tensions we all face, such as balancing responsibilities for oneself vs. others, being cooperative vs. assertive, reflective vs. decisive, and work vs. life. 

Evelyn Chumbow, a survivor of child labor trafficking, talks about her experiences.  Evelyn Chumbow’s mother always dreamed of giving her daughter a better life, so when presented with an opportunity to send Evelyn to the US to get educated, they immediately packed her belongings, and put her on an airplane with a Cameroonian recruiter. Come to this session to hear Chumbow’s full story, her message to law enforcement, and her contributions to fighting modern day slavery in the U.S.

On June 10th, Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., an internationally recognized public speaker, author, and researcher, will present, “Talking to Terrorists: Understanding the Psycho-Social Motivations of Militant Jihadi Terrorists, Mass Hostage Takers, Suicide Bombers & Martyrs.” In the last decade, Dr. Speckhard has interviewed over 400 terrorists, suicide bombers, terrorist supporters, family members, close associates, and hostages investigating what puts individuals on the terrorist trajectory, and what might also take them off it.

On Thursday, June 11th, we will have two sessions on retirement: “Understanding the Balancing Act between the Three Parts of Federal Employee Retirement System” and “Women and Investments.” Employees will learn how to estimate their retirement date, and the value of their retirement income, in addition to exploring the situations that can occur during their career and cause them to take a detour on their way to retirement. 

These are just a few of the topics covered during the four days of training. The complete agenda and registration information can be found at wifle.org.  We hope to see you there!


Women in Federal Law Enforcement Inc. (www.wifle.org) is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization chartered in June 1999 as an outgrowth of an interagency committee sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Treasury. The WIFLE Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, was incorporated in March 2006. Both organizations work to promote the value that women bring to the law enforcement profession and address the reasons why women remain underrepresented in sworn law enforcement positions.

The WIFLE organizations advocate the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in federal law enforcement occupations as a means to enhance the efficacy of law enforcement operations.

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