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Foundation Provides Bridge to Advanced Leadership Skills for Female Law Enforcement Executive

By Michael J. Carroll, Chief of Police, West Goshen Township Police Department, West Goshen, Pennsylvania; Immediate Past President, IACP; Chair, IACP Foundation


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ne of the most compelling components of the IACP Foundation’s mission is the mandate to promote progressive, no-cost training for law enforcement executives and command staff. In particular, the Foundation has worked to cultivate opportunities for leadership and management training that step outside the bounds of traditional police training concepts, but that relate to the changing world of law enforcement administration.

In keeping with the success of the Target–Law Enforcement Business Fellowship theory of collaborating with external partners who have established, successful training programs in place, the Foundation is proud to highlight its most recent joint venture with Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School of Management.

In 2010, the Foundation received a donation of one scholarship to the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Executive Women for its Women’s Senior Leadership Program. This course is led by exceptional faculty and corporate experts and offers practical guidance and multiple perspectives on leadership development for women. The structure of the program, four three-day sessions over twelve months, allows candidates to build relationships, learn and test new ideas, and receive feedback from faculty and peers. Heavy emphasis is placed on individual progress and candidates are provided with personalized feedback sessions along with a unique leadership assessment tool designed to help identify and leverage areas of strength.

Commander Kristen Ziman
Aurora, Illinois, Police Department Recipient of the IACP Foundation/Kellogg School of Management Women’s Senior Leadership Program Scholarship

“I successfully completed my first of the four three-day sessions at Kellogg . . . and I realized very quickly that the same principles that apply in business also apply to a police organization. The customers are a bit different, as is the bottom line, but the organizational structures are similar and the learning initiatives are relevant. I was immersed in group studies and concepts that challenged my intellect . . . and the instructors had high expectations for participation and contribution. I was exhausted when I got home and feel that I was challenged to stretch beyond what I thought was possible.”
—Commander Ziman
The Foundation conducted a nationwide application process in late summer 2010, soliciting submissions from female law enforcement executives and command staff and, in September 2010, selected Commander Kristen Ziman of the Aurora, Illinois, Police Department as the recipient of the training, with a scholarship worth more than $21,000.

During the course, Commander Ziman will join top corporate executives from across the United States to work on course objectives, all of which are relevant to modern-day policing, such as creating advancement opportunities through a personal action plan, developing a strategic outlook, determining how to assess and motivate the performance of staff, and building strategies to better manage the political dynamics of an organization.

Additionally, throughout the yearlong training, Commander Ziman will participate in a program titled Four Sessions That Can Revolutionize a Career, which includes the following:

Session 1—Gathering Intelligence: Attendees learn the value of using networks as a source of intelligence and power and explore how to make effective decisions and sharpen influencing skills.

Session 2—Creating a Context for Success:Attendees learn how to motivate people and improve negotiation skills, as well as examine the importance of confident self-promotion.

Session 3—Driving Results: Attendees receive hands-on practice in addressing issues such as driving change in organizations, approaching future leaders to assist in change, assessing resistance to change, and generating support for new initiatives.

Session 4—Managing External Constituents: Attendees learn to deal with external constituents including stakeholders, community partners, corporate partners, and the financial community.

The IACP Foundation thanks Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the Center for Executive Women for the tremendous opportunity being afforded to Commander Ziman, which will benefit not only her, but also her agency, her colleagues, and the community she serves.

Special recognition is also extended to Intrado Incorporated for its facilitation of the partnership with the Center for Executive Women. For more than 30 years, Intrado Incorporated has provided emergency 9-1-1 voice call delivery, comprehensive data management, advanced call routing, and emergency location and integrated call handling technologies to agencies and telecommunication service providers throughout the world. ■



The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcement–related charitable and educational purposes. Donations may be tax deductible; please check with your personal tax adviser. The foundation’s federal tax ID number is 54-1576762.


Please cite as:

Michael J. Carroll, "Foundation Provides Bridge to Advanced Leadership Skills for Female Law Enforcement Executive," IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 78 (March 2011): 10.

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 3, March 2011. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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