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The Winning Mind for Women

May 11, 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
ILEAS Training Center
1701 East Main St.
Urbana, IL 61802
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This course is pending certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.


“The Winning Mind for Women” is one of the most unique and popular courses offered by the “Winning Mind Seminars” team. Sgt. Betsy Smith guides students through 8 hours of intensive, interactive training that will provide attendees with updates and information they can employ to improve and enhance both their professional and personal lives.

We begin each session by honoring the sacrifices of our fallen, celebrating the law enforcement profession and asking each attendee to inwardly assess their own career. We define true “Warrior Ethos” as well as the “Guardian Mindset” as we talk about the history of women in policing and celebrate our winners and role models. We then introduce gender-specific science and leadership principles that anyone can use to enhance their career and improve their life on and off the job. The multi-media format keeps students engaged and entertained while we provide officers, agents, dispatchers, trainers, supervisors, managers and all other personnel with a realistic view of gender differences and how these can be harnessed in both men and women to improve performance, morale, communication, relationships, and especially officer safety.

This training is like no other in that it encourages women, and those who train and supervise them, to look beyond the anecdotal, “that’s-the-way-we’ve-always-done-it” world of learning and utilize science, physiology and proven methods and information that will help anyone in law enforcement improve their career and their survival. Sgt. Smith’s philosophy of “teaching by storytelling” cites real-world, inspirational examples of courageous men and women whose stories stay with the attendees long after the class has concluded. The atmosphere created in the classroom encourages students to network and gain strength and information from each other, making this session a powerful day for all involved. This course will inspire, motivate, and encourage women to excel and to win, regardless of assignment!


  • The “Not Today” mindset, on every call, on every shift
  • Why “survival” is minimalistic and we must train to WIN!
  • Embracing your responsibility for your own tactics, training, safety and career
  • What “Guardianship” really means to you, your career and your community
  • Why and how to embrace Warrior Ethos regardless of your career path
  • Preventing and preparing for officer ambush
  • How to leave behind the “victim-based” mentality and take control of your own future
  • Recognizing and taking advantage of the differences between men and women
  • Learning to communicate effectively with everyone in your agency and beyond
  • How to bring your family into your world to enhance off duty safety and your relationships
  • Finding and using the best female-specific equipment available
  • Learning to “lead, mentor, and inspire” others regardless of your assignment or tenure
  • How to increase your awareness and overcome the effects of “routine”
  • Dealing with pregnancy in a high risk profession
  • Assessing your own career and coming up with a plan for real success
  • How “Post Traumatic Growth” can improve your career and your life
  • How to truly embrace “the family” of law enforcement and stand together


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Please register for this course by April 27.