By OPEC staff

CDCR executives are among the corrections and law enforcement professionals from across the country who will be speakers at the Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice national conference Oct. 14-17, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L St., in Sacramento.

The conference, hosted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, will provide tools, strategies and resources to help empower women who work in a correctional environment and enable them to identify and strengthen their leadership qualities and skills.

The WWICJJ national conference is open to all women who work in the corrections and juvenile justice profession in any discipline including peace officers, health care providers, educators, administrators and executives.

Amy Miller

Amy Miller

Amy Miller, an associate director in CDCR’s Division of Adult Institutions, will conduct a breakout session on “Gender-Specific Reasons Why Women are Successful Working in Corrections.”

With more than 22 years of experience of working in California corrections, Miller will discuss how the role of correctional staff has transcended from someone who primarily uses size and strength to maintain control to a far more dynamic and complex job – one that requires sharp people skills.

Miller’s session will identify gender differences, discuss how female-specific differences benefit staff and offenders in a correctional setting, and talk about the roles women have with their coworkers, supervisors and managers.

Miller is currently an associate director of Female Offender Programs and Services at CDCR. She started her career as a correctional officer in 1996 and worked her way up through the custody ranks.

Daye, Eureka

Eureka C. Daye

Eureka C. Daye, PhD, will bring her more than 30 years of leadership experience to discuss how women can build trusted relationships with other women to help them move up the career ladder.

In “Shattering the Glass Ceiling through Mentoring: Women Leaders Mentoring Other Women Up the Ladder,” Dr. Daye will explore the unseen and overt barriers that keep women in male-dominated workplaces from progressing upward in their careers.

Dr. Daye, who serves as a regional health care executive and director of women’s health for California Correctional Health Care Services, will also explain the differences in upward progression for men and women in the workplace and how women leaders can help their mentees transcend organizational barriers that prevent them from promoting.

Heather Bowlds speaks during the conference.

Heather C. Bowlds, PsyD, deputy director of operations and programs for CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice, is scheduled to be a breakout session speaker.

Dr. Bowlds’ more than 18 years of experience working for DJJ, her expertise in forensic psychology, and her leadership in the provision of mental health care to a juvenile population will be valuable to the conference participants who will be attending from all over the U.S.


Kathleen Allison

Kathleen Allison, director of CDCR’s Division of Adult Institutions, will be moderating a panel of retired women executives who left a lasting legacy in California corrections. Allison has held several positions throughout her 31-year career with CDCR. She is passionate about staff safety and empowering women to enable them to move into leadership positions.

The theme of the 2018 WWICJJ conference is “Transcend” and is held every even-numbered year in a different state. This is the first time the conference has been held in California.

“We are pleased to be part of this opportunity to invest in women who work in adult and juvenile corrections not only in the state of California, but at the national level as well,” CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan said of the WWICJJ conference. “Nearly all of what I first learned about this profession was from my mother Peggy Kernan, who worked in California corrections for 32 years. Women bring a unique dynamic to the job and I learned that very early in life.”

Terry Thornton, deputy press secretary in CDCR’s Office of Public and Employee Communications, is chair of the WWICJJ planning committee.

“We have a team of some amazing women who work for CDCR on the planning committee. I am grateful for their time, experience, ideas and creativity into making this a great conference for women who work in this profession,” Thornton said.

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