Developing Women Leaders: Evidence-Based Insight and Solutions for Recruiting, Retaining and Developing Women Leaders

August 4, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Men and women alike will benefit from the examination of research studies and personal experiences that uncover unconscious actions and beliefs that hold women back in the workplace. We will explore how imposter syndrome stifles women’s careers and how to overcome the feeling that we’re not ready for that promotion or project. Learn how to overcome the daily battle with the inner critic that reinforces our greatest insecurities and how speech and body language can dictate how we are perceived. We will also discuss implicit bias, family planning, relationships, perfectionism, mentoring and how we can all better support the women in our organizations and our lives. If you are a woman, you will gain a better understanding of the hurdles you face and how to get past them. If you are a supervisor, you will gain solutions and practical steps to develop your co-workers and your organization for a more successful and diversified workforce.


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.