Hosted by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy:

June 26-28th Current Agenda.


9 am

Faculty Meeting


Faculty Lunch

12:30 pm

Registration Opens

1:30 pm

Expectations and Outcomes for the First Cohort of the Women’s Leadership Institute

  • Founder, Kay Chopard

1:50 pm

Keynote Speaker – The Call to Leadership

  • TBD

2:30 pm

Leadership Challenge

  • Peg Dorer, Executive Director and Kimberly Overton Spahos, Chief Resource Prosecutor, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys

5:00 pm

Homework Assignments

  • Team Activity

5:30 pm

Adjourn \ Dinner on your own


7 am

Optional Session – Spiritual Moments to Start the Day

8 am

Registration Open – Coffee and Snacks

8:30 am

Homework Review and the Day Ahead

8:50 am

Finding the “Sweet Spot” in Communication for Women Leaders

  • Judge Linda Chezem (retired Indiana Court of Appeals)
  • Linda Henderson, Former Indiana State Legislator

9:50 am

Succeeding in the State and Federal Judicial Appointment Process

  • Judge Amy Hanley, Kansas District Court
  • Judge Irma Gonzalez, Federal District Court (retired)

10:30 am

Roundtable discussions and coffee break

11:00 am

Organizing an Election Campaign

  • Sherri Bevan Walsh, Summit County Prosecutor
  • Paula Calhoon, South Carolina State Legislator

11:30 am

Breakout Session – Begin to Harness Your Power to Lead

  • Effectiveness Grid
  • Environmental Scan
  • Sponsor and Stakeholder Identification


Lunch on Your Own

1:15 pm

Running for Office in a Rural Area and Running for Office When You Are a Woman of Color

  • Judge Alma Hinton, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Halifax County, North Carolina

2:15 pm

“Dark Money” – How to Recognize and Avoid It

  • Judge Linda Chezem (retired Indiana Court of Appeals)

3:15 pm

Break – coffee and refreshments

3:45 pm

Success and Failure – Balancing Public Pressure and Perception with the Role and Discretion of Your Office

  • Panel Discussion – Faculty

4:45 pm

Homework Assignments and Debrief

5:15 pm

Dinner on Your Own


7 am

Optional Session – Spiritual Moments

8:00 am

Registration Desk Open – Coffee and refreshments

8:30 am

Review of Homework – Plans for the Day

8:45 am

Ethics Specific to Running for Elected Prosecutor or Judge or Judicial Appointments

  • Judge Linda Chezem (retired Indiana Court of Appeals)

9:30 am

Strategic Action Planning – Write Your Future

  • Kay Chopard

10:00 am


10:20 am

Finding Balance: Personal and Professional

  • Panel Discussion – Faculty

11:30 am

Breakout Session

  • Strategic Action Planning
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Effectiveness Grid Application
  • Checklist and Playbook for Your Campaign


Lunch on Your Own

1:15 pm

Keynote: Overcoming Bias

  • TBD

1:45 pm

Report Outs from Breakout Session

2:15 pm

Closing Commitments

2:30 pm

Go Out and Serve with Confidence and Courage

  • Follow-up Quarterly Zoom Calls To Be Scheduled in October 2020, January 2021 and April 2021. Watch for the emails!