Building Resiliency: The Dawn of the Mentally Strong Employee

October 13, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

All of us want to live a healthier life both mentally and physically. We know eating well and staying in shape physically are important. But we also need to understand why it is just as important to stay healthy mentally. First, we will examine how the mind works and how it interacts with the body and our environment.

Using research-based evidence, we will examine the unique damage that can be done and how it affects our well-being. Then we will discuss resilience, why we need it BEFORE something bad happens and what we can do to build it. By the end, you will have a better understanding of how the mind works and a list of actionable solutions to make yourself and co-workers more resilient and mentally strong.


Col. Brenda Dietzman (Ret) is a passionate speaker who has more than 28 years of law enforcement and corrections experience. Upon retiring she co-founded Wayfinder Consulting, LLC., an organization that provides evidence-based training solutions and inspiring presentations for individual and organizational improvement delivered by caring professionals. She has presented at numerous national, state and local events for both private and public sector organizations. Her areas of expertise include: resilience, generations, recruiting and retention, leadership, developing women leaders, and ethics.

In 2019, Col. Dietzman retired from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office as the undersheriff in charge of jail operations. She oversaw two facilities with a total population of 1400+ inmates, 300+ employees and a $33 million budget. During her time in law enforcement, she also served as the captain in charge of the Patrol Division and the Judicial Division, a lieutenant in both the Patrol Division and the Special Project Unit, a Community Policing sergeant, detective, and deputy.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University. She completed the Mini-MPA from Wichita State University. She enjoys traveling, photography, mountain biking, running, and reading. She is married and has three adorable rescue dogs.