Moving Beyond the Confidence Gap: Advocating for Yourself, Your Colleagues and Your Career

Moving Beyond the Confidence Gap: Advocating for Yourself, Your Colleagues and Your Career
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Resources
Recorded on: 2019-12-12
Unit 1Slide Deck: Moving Beyond the Confidence Gap
Unit 2Workbook: Moving Beyond the Confidence Gap
Unit 3Recording: Moving Beyond the Confidence Gap

Following the Women in Policing webinar series that covered various gender dynamics, diversity and women issues in the law enforcement field, this session will provide strategies to address issues related to confidence and competence zeroing in on professional growth and the workplace.

The resource speakers for this webinar are Cecelia Rosser and Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt. Cecelia spent a significant chunk of her career in training working on preparing women to attain their career goals. She’s served as the Training Director for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for 10 years. Meanwhile, Wendy has worked in the field of policing in various roles for more than 30 years. She’s worked in campus policing and most recently works as the Chief of Staff for the Miami Beach Police Department.

Cecelia and Wendy take turns on this course to share research data and real-life anecdotes about the most common issues women encounter in the workplace and how to address these. Points included in the discussion are:

  • An overview of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), their history, goals, and initiatives.
  • How confidence becomes a challenge early on for girls and is carried on to adulthood.
  • Who Owns the Playing Field, an analogy that demonstrates the disparity of the playing field of women and men.
  • Studies that exhibit the difference between how men and women view themselves and how others view men and women.
  • Statistics that support the need for women to advocate each other to beat the obstacles encountered in their career trajectory.
  • How reluctance to share and engage with people about one’s expertise and qualifications negatively impacts their own career and others who can benefit from these information and skills.
  • Examples revealing how one’s choices and behavior can impact their career trajectory.
  • The concept of neuroplasticity and getting unstuck by changing things that we can control like our own self-defeating behaviors.
  • The importance of marketing and promoting one’s self
    • How to effectively do this in the workplace.
    • Leveraging the power of networking and building allies in the workplace.
    • Step-by-step pointers on how to best promote one’s self.
    • Maximizing inherent qualities and skills for this purpose.
  • An exercise to identify your potential allies, sponsors, mentors and accountability partner in your network.
  • Fostering relationships that are reciprocal and bring extrinsic measurable rewards.
  • Tips on becoming an effective advocate through preparation, feedback, and accountability.
  • Acknowledging the opportunities from risks, lessons from failures, prioritizing your career over the job, the importance of preparation, and how perfection can both motivate and demotivate.
  • The seemingly opposing concepts of authenticity and adaptation and how these can be integrated to bring better outcomes.
  • The value of having women in law enforcement to build trust, legitimacy, and relationships with the community.
  • Internal and external gender issues and inequities that women rarely speak about but must brought to light in the workplace.
  • Working on a healthy organizational culture that values women, espouses servant leadership, and creates a confident and competent bench that are ready to become leaders.
  • The audience raised questions about:
    • The applicability of the concepts to populations other than women in policing.
    • Overcoming self-limiting thoughts.
    • Including the concepts discussed to general academy training.
    • How recruitment is impacted by gender and diversity issues.
    • Tracking accomplishments, identifying roadblocks and ensuring accountability in the workplace.


Audience Comments:

  • “The entire webinar was very informative and I can’t wait to apply the information learned.” — Brittany
  • “Excellent webinar for all.” Key is to set Goals for LEARNING” — Robert
  • “The 4 categories of networking and the example of how NOT to make mistakes when talking about yourself in your workplace (or potential workplace).” — Nancy



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