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Newsletter Spring 2017 (2.3 MB)

Newsletter Fall 2016 (7.1 MB)

Newsletter Summer 2016 (3.2 MB)

Newsletter Spring 2016 (3.2 MB)

Newsletter Fall 2015 (5.6 MB)

AWEC’s Annual Membership Training Institute

AWEC’s 21st Annual Membership Training Institute will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village September 29 – October 1, 2017. This training is restricted to members only. Marilyn Chandler Ford and Franicne Perretta are program committee co-chairs. Look for more information on the AWEC conference in the months ahead.

AWEC Update Meeting

AWEC will hold an update meeting at the 2017 ACA 147th Congress of Correction in St. Louis, MO, August 18-22..

National Voice Committee Information:

In March of 2016 the National Voice Committee met in Atlanta, Georgia to develop a strategic plan for the association’s position on staff sexual misconduct and boundary violations in the correctional field. The group was led by facilitator Diane Schlachter with the goal of developing the AWEC position and response on staff sexual misconduct. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) held a summit of corrections’ association presidents to develop agendas to move each organization forward in the national correctional forum toward common goals with an emphasis on women in leadership. President Theresa Lantz participated in the summit and from those meetings and in conjunction with the National Voice Committee; talking points were developed for AWEC executives as guidelines for public responses when such misconduct occurs in an agency. Below are those documents along with existing policies from the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the American Jail Association (AJA) on women in corrections and staff sexual misconduct.

Urban Institute Task Force – AWEC Request:
Become a CEO: A National Voice Mentoring Opportunity

The AWEC National Voice Committee is offering to assist members who are considering the pursuit of CEO positions, in keeping with our mission, vision and values.
Every state has adult corrections agencies and juvenile justice systems. Currently throughout the U.S., only eight women serve as heads of adult prison systems and sixteen women head juvenile justice agencies, meaning that only approximately 20 percent of these agencies are headed by women.

A harsh reality for those who serve in executive level government positions, is that government agency cabinet members and many chief executives serve at the pleasure of state governors. Many find themselves looking for jobs when new governors are inaugurated. With 37 governor’s races on ballots around the country this year, many top governmental jobs will soon be open.

AWEC does not advocate for personnel changes. However, because changes are anticipated in CEO positions around the country, the National Voice Committee, supported by the Board of Directors, encourages our membership to step up on the career ladder to move to the next level – into the shoes of a CEO.

We encourage you, our members, to consider yourselves viable candidates for top positions and be alert for opportunities and positions that become available. We hope you will consider yourselves talented, capable and ready for the challenge.

The National Voice Committee stands ready to assist in your deliberations as you consider the next level of opportunities. Having served as CEOs of corrections agencies, members of the National Voice Committee have volunteered to serve as “consultants” to those of you who are ready to take that step and climb the ladder, to provide a resource to draw upon to assist in your decision making.

We interviewed several members of the National Voice Committee and asked several questions. Those Interviewed were: Patricia Caruso, Retired Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections;. Gwen Chunn, Retired Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Institute, North Carolina Central University and former Director of Youth Services, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Kathleen Dennehy, Former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Correction; Theresa Lantz, Retired Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Correction; Andie Moss, President of The Moss Group, Inc. and former Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Corrections; Jeanne Woodford, retired Chief of Adult Probation, City and County of San Francisco and former Warden, San Quentin State Prison.

Please contact Francine, AWEC Executive Director if you need contact information: info@awec.us

Conference Information 2017 21st Annual Conference

“Catch and Ride the Wave of Leadership”

The 21st Annual Training Institute is September 29 – October 1, 2017 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32118.  Room rate for the hotel is $119 single/double occupancy; $129 triple occupancy.  To reserve your hotel room call: 1-800 HILTONS, 1-866-536-8477 or the hotel direct number is 10386-254-8200.  Reservations must be made by September 6, 2017 to get the conference rate. Make sure you mention the AWEC conference when making your reservations.

This year’s conference will have its opening session on Friday afternoon beginning at 1:00. The Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, September 28th,  from 1-5 for a strategic planning meeting and prior to the opening session on Friday from 9-12 for a Board of Director’s meeting.  The conference theme of “Catch and Ride the Wave of Leadership” will put an emphasis on women’s leadership at the executive level.

Below is the conference registration form.  The registration deadline is September 1, 2017.

Conference Agenda

ACA Congress of Correction 2017

August 19-22, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri

APPA Annual Trianing Institue

August 27-30, 2017

New York City, NY