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Women Leaders Reflects On A Decade of Innovative Leadership Over 750 women and men, of all rank and level gathered in Sacramento November 1-3, 2015 for the 10th Anniversary of the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium (WLLE). The attendees came to learn, be inspired and to network. This year’s symposium theme, A Decade of Innovative Leadership, was reemphasized by speakers such as Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the Chief Justice of California, Sandra Brown and Kristen Ziman. The high-level training this year featured presentations on leadership, critical incident survival, and health and fitness for law enforcement, as well as other exciting topics. The idea of bringing women together to exchange ideas, training, struggles and triumphs began in 1987 in the Bay Area when two women, Los Gatos Police Captain Alana Forrest and Menlo Park Police Commander Lacey Burt, 12 California Police Chief | met in a restaurant with 20 other female law enforcement professionals to discuss how to help each other in their profession. In 2006, after several years of small, local training events, the California Police Chiefs Association took the event statewide and brought in the State Sheriffs’ Association, the California Peace Officers’ Association and the California Highway Patrol as co-sponsors. To this day, WLLE hosts upwards of 800 female and male attendees each year. WLLE has grown tremendously since 1987, and this year we were honored to have attendees from states such as; Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee and Utah.