The Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC) welcomes you to our website. Since our charter in 1996, AWEC has operated to offer opportunities and support to top female executives and senior managers in corrections and to mentor emerging leaders, consistent with its “each one . . . teach one” philosophy. AWEC is over 200 members strong, with members throughout the country in public and private, institutional and community correctional facilities.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide leadership development for executive women, to support the career advancement of women in corrections and to promote informed discussion of correctional issues in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

About Us

The desire to increase the leadership skills of female correctional executives and to develop the future generation of women correctional leaders has been longstanding. This aim sparked correctional trail blazers to develop a targeted training program for women executives in corrections.

The National Institute of Corrections first sponsored the Executive Women’s Leadership Program in 1994. Graduates of the first two classes developed the vision for a professional organization to advance and benefit women executives in corrections.

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The Association of Women Executives in Corrections is open to former or current full-time executives and senior level individuals in international, federal, state, local or private correctional agencies or corporations. Applications with resumes supporting candidate qualifications will be reviewed by at least three representatives of the AWEC membership committee for approval.

Download a mock membership letter HERE

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”This is an awesome family of women who are always caring and nurturing. In the corrections environment, you don’t always get that.”

Darla Elliott, Retired

Management & Training Corp.


“For me personally, AWEC has meant sustainable support.  This group of executive women come from all aspects of Corrections and are represented by various cultures.  Being a part of this diverse group encourages open dialog and reaching out and reaching back are core values that are evident in every meeting and every conference.  The connections I’ve made to many of these women will last not just throughout my career but a lifetime.  I’m proud to be a part of this amazing organization.”

Amy Ast, Bureau Chief

Ohio Dept. of Youth Services

“I am a member of AWEC because I find the support I receive from it's members phenomenal. I am surrounded by male jail administrators who are very supported, but it pales to the connection I receive from my female counterparts.

Each year, I am rejuvenated when I attend the AWEC conferences and I find the networking invaluable. Every year, I leave the conference with information that is beneficial to me and my staff. I have observed a significant difference in the operation of my facility after implementing the processes discussed at our most recent conference.

Finally, being able to reach out to those who are/have experienced the same challenges as me continues to contribute to my success and professional growth.”

Deborah Richardson, Director

Baltimore Co. Dept. of Corrections