Women Inspired Women at NYPD Conference



Last month, more than 800 NYPD female Police Officers and civilian employees participated in a day-long Women’s Conference at the new police academy in College Point, Queens. “We are extremely pleased that the uniformed and civilian women in the NYPD were exposed to an array of powerful speakers who provided advice and useful tools for empowerment,” said Deputy Commissioner Catherine Perez, a key organizer of the conference. “The women of the NYPD were afforded an opportunity that private industry normally pays large fees for. We were grateful to hear such dynamic presenters who took time from their busy schedules to join us, and to those who worked tirelessly to make this event so successful.”

Participants listened to various inspirational speakers, networked with other women, and received resources from community-based vendors. Presenters including Mary Jo White, Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Rikki Klieman, Attorney, Legal Analyst, Anchor & Author,  and Chief Kathleen M. O’Toole, Seattle Police Department.

Workshops included:

  • “Self-Care is Critical” facilitated by Tonya Lewis Lee, Author, Producer & Entrepreneur
  • “Exercise Your Power” facilitated by Rossana Rosado, Publisher, Journalist & Lecturer
  • “Tips & Tools for Personal Leadership” facilitated by Sandra Pradas Martin
  • “Maximizing Your Value” facilitated by Shemeka Brathwaite
  • “Facing Life with Laughter” facilitated by Rev. Barbara Williams-Harris
  • “Meditation for Well-Being” facilitated by Michael Miller
  • “Mindfulness” facilitated by Reka Prasad
  • “Transition to Leadership” facilitated by NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Joanne Jaffe
  • “Break Your Barriers” facilitated by Mike Barwis



Mary Jo White, Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission was the keynote speaker