2024 Women In Criminal Justice Conference

Register now for the WCJ 2024: April 10 & 11, 2024; East Peoria.

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The ILETSB Executive Institute is pleased to announce the 2024 Women in Criminal Justice Conference! Come be a part of one of the largest conferences in the Midwest for female law enforcement officers, where you will have networking opportunities, hear from national and regional experts in the field, and have the ability to participate in a number of breakout sessions.

Keynote speakers this year include:

Julie Werhnyak

Julie Werhnyak is a decorated police officer who proudly served 20 years before

retiring from the Tempe, Arizona Police Department in 2016. She was awarded the Police Cross, the Medal of Valor, and was named the 2015 Officer of the year and the 2013 Defensive Tactics Instructor of the Year.  Julie served as a subject matter expert in Physical Fitness – certified trainer for the Federal Air Marshals and Adjunct Faculty Member for Rio Salado College. She is

passionate about teaching and holds certificates in several areas including; Defensive

Tactics, Force on Force, Firearms and Crisis Negotiations. Julie is a board member for the National Emergency Responders Assistance Program that provides post critical incident care to all emergency first responders and their families.

A black belt in tae-kwon-do, Julie has practiced and taught martial arts for over 30 years and is a two time member of the United States National Tae-Kwon-Do Team. Julie is the owner of Artemis Self Defense and is a sought after speaker and personal safety consultant trusted by global brands to design and deliver life- changing presentations and interactive training that inspires change, challenges thinking and increases personal and professional safety.


Kristen Ziman

Kristen is the former Police Chief of the Aurora IL Police Department (Ret.). In Kristen’s 30-year career in law enforcement, she blazed trails: she became the first woman Lieutenant in 2008, first woman Commander in 2010, and eventually the first woman Chief in her department’s history in January of 2016. Kristen was also the Chief on watch during a mass shooting in her hometown Aurora, IL.

Since retiring from the department, Kristen has now stepped into her new career as a professional speaker and consultant for organizations and police departments focused on the areas of leadership, women empowerment, positive psychology, and mass shooting prevention.

Kristen is also the author of Reimagining Blue: Thoughts on Life, Leadership, and a New Way Forward in Policing, a passionate and personal memoir of a misunderstood profession through the vantage point of a female police chief.


For a printable version of the flyer, click here: REGISTRATION FLYER-3


Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria Wednesday (4/10) is SOLD OUT!

100 Conference Center Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611

Conference/State Rate $107/night, plus tax. Click HERE to book your room.

Holiday Inn & Suites 

101 Holiday Street, East Peoria, IL  61611

Conference/State Rate $107/night, plus tax. Click HERE to book your room.

Holiday Inn & Suites – Riverfront

1100 Bass Pro Drive, East Peoria, IL

Conference/State Rate $107/night, plus tax. Click HERE to book your room.