Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2022-09-08
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Women in Leadership
Unit 2 Transcript: Women in Leadership
Unit 3 Workbook: Women in Leadership
Unit 4 Recording: Women in Leadership

Men and women are different – but it doesn’t make one better than the other. Each one has strengths that can be harnessed and weaknesses that can be improved. This webinar explores women in leadership – what women can do to better navigate the professional environment, the challenges women face and how to overcome them, and what men can do to support and advocate for women.

This session’s esteemed speaker is Brenda Dietzman, a passionate speaker who specializes in leadership particularly developing women leaders. She has presented evidence-based solutions related to individual and organizational development for local, national, and international audiences. She has 28 years of experience in law enforcement and corrections.

The topics she discussed include:

  • The importance of diversity in the criminal justice field.
  • The state of women in the profession and challenges keeping women from pursuing leadership roles.
  • An inner look into the workings of the brain and how it creates shortcuts.
  • How the shortcuts are developed over time and how it facilitates how we make sense of the world and the constant influx of information we’re exposed to.
  • Bounded rationality and bounded ethicality: The benefits of the shortcuts to human survival and its risks to forming implicit bias, particularly relating to gender.
  • The gender-based roles and biases that our brain forms as demonstrated in the Heidi Rozen story.
  • How to overcome the shortcuts by navigating the journey, being authentic, owning and playing to our strengths, and navigating the “tightrope”.
  • What it means to navigate the tightrope: Acknowledging the internal hurdles and employing strategies through body language, language and communication, gender judo, and emotional regulation.
  • A rundown of strengths that women must capitalize on in career and in life.
  • The Inner Critic: Its purpose, whose voice it tends to be, and creative approaches to overcome it.
  • Imposter syndrome: What it is, what it looks like, differentiating between actual unreadiness and imposter syndrome, and recommendations on how to conquer it.
  • The power of body language and power poses in fostering self-confidence.
  • Practicing self-distancing to tackle a problem or decision from a different perspective.
  • The value of connecting and networking, why women aren’t maximizing these, how to effectively network, and the people we should be incorporating into our network.
  • The benefit of having an ally in someone we trust and who is willing to call us out for problematic or questionable decisions and actions.
  • The importance of sharing our perspective in bringing diversity to the organizations we’re a part of and understanding the challenges and point of view of others.
  • Practicing reading the room to get a better sense of how we must express our thoughts and get our point across.
  • How job qualifications can screen out women outright and how to get women to apply in roles without having to tick off every listed qualification.
  • Our responsibility to educate others about these shortcuts, how and why they’re formed, and how they can influence women’s actions and decisions.
  • Being an advocate by acknowledging the differences between men and women and integrating them into training and the workplace to allow each gender to excel in what they’re good at.
  • Understanding the significance of language and the words we use in perpetuating the shortcuts which inadvertently lead to implicit bias.
  • The value of navigating our unique journeys and focusing on what we truly desire to accomplish our goals.

Points raised during the Q&A are about:

  • Managing catty and hostile colleagues following a promotion.
  • The root of competition between women.
  • Providing equal opportunities for career advancement to mothers.
  • Leveraging body language to overcome leadership challenges brought about by age or physical characteristics.


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Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments

  • “I like the relatable topics, encouragement/reassurance, and tips that were given. It was a short webinar but very useful. I am looking forward to more webinars with this presenter.” — Esmeralda
  • “This webinar had so much quality content, making it difficult to single out anything as most valuable. I downloaded the handouts and printed them out immediately, as I’m eager to do some introspection, make changes, and take action. I appreciate the focus on how our own thoughts, feelings, and self-talk can either work against us or empower us. The 3-min “Like a Girl” video was fantastic!” — Rosemary
  • “It was an excellent presentation and covered all the aspects to help women be willing to step into leadership roles with more confidence. Thank you.” — Kathy
  • “I really enjoyed all of it. Especially the imposter syndrome piece. It was nice being able to make a connection to something and know that other women that are currently in leadership still go through it. And giving pointers on how to help combat that voice in the back of your head was very helpful!” — Kira
  • “Brenda is always a wonderful presenter with great, real-world, applicable suggestions and solutions. Thank you.” — Kriselda
  • “Brenda has always been an influential individual within the community she has served, and her ability to share her insights regarding this topic is extremely valuable to leaders, specifically females, who may be trying to navigate an already difficult career path. So much stigma surrounds female leadership, and it is so nice to have someone with experience, who is willing to share and talk about the hard things “we” (women) put ourselves through sometimes, which adds to the stressors society/work gives us.” — Heather
  • “Love this presenter; great focus on women not taking on roles, use of stats to drive home the point was very informative.” — Amy
  • “This webinar was very informational. The presenter was very knowledgeable of the information she was presenting. The video shown was very good representation of how women in leadership is viewed and compared to “like a girl.” — Bobee
  • “Ms. Brenda was amazing in her presentation and the gifts she shared. I wrote down a lot of helpful information and will definitely use them going forward. I appreciated this training, wholeheartedly.” — Harmena
  • “Great info and perspective.” — Michael
  • “I really liked how encouraging this webinar was. A lot of what she presented resounded with me and my current situation. It was inspiring and empowering and the reminder to hone in on your own strengths was great! Please continue to keep providing this encouragement to women in the CJ/LE field! We need it.” — Erin



The American Jail Association (AJA) is a national, nonprofit organization that supports the professionals who operate our Nation’s jails. It is the only national association that focuses exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities. The driving force behind the phenomenal growth of AJA is its members. AJA has taken a leadership role in developing the type of programs that promote the professional growth of the dedicated men and women who operate our Nation’s jails.  Jail staff have the responsibility for the management of people who have been charged with violating our laws and often mock the ideals on which AJA was founded. Jail personnel find themselves sorely tested each day in the jail environment when they receive scorn and derision for their loyalty and perseverance under extremely trying circumstances.  AJA takes this opportunity to salute the jail staff of the Nation who, by their dedication to the difficult task of local corrections, have made a vital, positive difference to the welfare of the communities they serve.  Click here to learn more about AJA. 


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