2021 Keynote & Breakout sessions
Monday, September 20th
Yebra

Morning Keynote Speaker

Leadership Approach Most Effective in a Complex Environment 

The environments we lead in range from complicated to the complex.  Each situation we face demands a unique leadership approach to be most effective.  The volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment we find ourselves in requires our ability to analyze each situation independently and to identity the leadership style that will help us lead effectively.  We can also identify the development needs of our teams and adjust our leader development programs to meet those needs.  This keynote address is designed to explore various leadership styles based on concepts that help us understand the environment we work in and provide leadership styles proven to be effective.  We will share books and resource information for future use. 

David Yebra 
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) David Yebra is the Director of the Training and Leader Development Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).  Prior to coming to TDCJ, he was the Director of Emergency Management at Sam Houston State University (SHSU).  David developed and still facilitates the 9-month long SHSU High-Potential Employee Leadership Academy experience.  He is a graduate of West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Management.  He also has a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Leader Development from Long Island University.   David served the Nation as an Officer in the U.S. Army for 24 years that included three years deployed to combat in Iraq.  He is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He was awarded four Bronze Star Medals during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was also selected as the U.S. Army Cadet Command Professor of Military Science of the Year in 2011 out of 273 university programs in the country.  He received the Legion of Merit upon retirement in 2014.   David continues to serve as a facilitator for leader development events for numerous organizations including law enforcement, fire executives, state agencies, and university athletics.

Breakout Session #1
10:00am - 11:30am


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Adapting Your Leadership Approach in a Crisis Situation

David Yebra, Division Director, Training & Leader Development, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Adapting your leadership approach to meet the demands of a challenging situation can maximize your team’s performance, improve your resiliency for sustained operations, and facilitate your freedom to think and act in ever-changing situations. The adaptive challenges you face require more than a standard procedural solution. Empowering your team to adapt to an ever-changing situation can enhance your effectiveness and improve your influence. An adaptive leadership style that shares the pressure and gives your team ownership of the challenge can produce enduring change you may have never experienced.

Serious about staff wellbeing? Empower staff through Emotional Intelligence Skills - it's not that difficult!

John Shuford, President, Collaborative Resolution Services, Inc, Raleigh, NC

We know correctional staff have serious issues with low morale, chronic stress, depression, marital discord %sqs%divorce%sqe%, health problems %sqs%including heart attacks%sqe%, suicide, turnover and shortened life expectancy. But how do we effectively address them? Many have tried, but have been unsuccessful. What is important to understand is that they all have one common cause; poor emotional intelligence skills. An Emotional Intelligence training design will be presented that is engaging, energizing, empowering, enjoyable and effective with long-term impact. And, it is easy to incorporate within existing training programs.

DOC Secretary Town Hall

Kevin Carr, Secretary, WI Department of Corrections

This session will serve as a town hall forum for staff with Secretary Carr.

Milwaukee Hybrid Gangs

Ben Zartner, Lieutenant, Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility
Dan Maki, Officer, Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility

This session will provide an overview of security threat groups and hybrid gangs in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. This session will provide you with some of the group names, areas and signs and symbols.

International and Domestic Terrorism threats and Radicalization in Prisons

Sarah Williams, Intelligence Analyst, FBI - Milwaukee
Gwen McWilliams, Intelligence Analyst, FBI - Milwaukee

This session will provide an overview of each classification of terrorism and will provide training on indicators for corrections staff to look for in prisons. Additionally, they will provide information about the FBI’s Correctional Intelligence Program.

Cybercrime in Wisconsin

Michael Hemberger, Intelligence Analyst, Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center - Department of Justice

This session will provide an overview of the current trends in cybercrime reported to WI DOJ from fraud (with losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars), to network intrusions at law enforcement agencies, and ransomware. This session will also provide an overview of no-cost resources available to Wisconsin government organizations to help improve cybersecurity.
Breakout Session #2
1:30pm - 3:00pm


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Leadership in Negotiation and Conflict

David Yebra, Division Director, Training & Leader Development, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

As leaders, we are always in some form of a negotiation. Whether we like it or not, we are negotiators and find ourselves in some of the most emotionally charged situations. In this session, we will discuss some of our most difficult leadership challenges in negotiation and conflict situations. We will identify negotiation techniques to deal with those challenges and how we might leverage emotion in these situations. We will also discuss influence strategies in a negotiation setting. This session will utilize video clips to bring the content to life and we will share best practices from professional conferences and readings. We will share books and resource information for future use and reference.

5 Ways to Enjoy a Mentally Healthier Post-pandemic

Dr. Colette Cullen, Chief Regional Psychologist, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Tired of the word “unprecedented”? How about “new normal”? Yep, me too. Let’s agree to leave them behind with the rest of the pandemic while we move forward towards a psychologically stronger and more flexible future. We all learned a great deal since March 2020. Researchers and scientists worldwide had a bittersweet year to gather data on how the pandemic affected our mental health and what we can do about it. We’ll discuss what to expect from yourself and others during this post-pandemic era and how to inspire healthy thoughts and actions as the world recovers.

Finding Freedom on our Yoga mat and other holistic therapies

Cheryl Killilea, Owner of Changing Lanes Fitness & Nutrition, Onalaska, WI

A trauma informed perspective asks us to view others with compassion and curiosity rather than judgement or pressure. On a yoga mat we move and breathe consciously, we can get in touch with emotions or sensations that are uncomfortable and that we’ve managed to avoid. We not only explore the physical postures but we look at the mind-body connection. Combining yoga, breath techniques and other holistic therapies to help loosen the emotional and physical tightness in the body caused by mental health disorders, addiction, and trauma.
The intention is to find peace, hope and stability during a time when that is missing. To allow participants to surrender in order to let go of pain and reconnect to love and the gift of life. Modalities explored will include: meditation, tapping, affirmations, mudras, gentle postures and breath work. Everyone is invited to participate and contribute as they feel comfortable doing so.

Accepting an Evidence Based Practice Mentality

Shannon Bowling, Residential Manager, Marion County Community Corrections, Indianapolis IN

Organizational development is required to successfully move from traditional supervision to evidence-base practice. This is the internal strategy for implementing and sustaining evidence-based practices with the agency. The shift from traditional correctional practices to evidence-based practices requires us, as professionals and the system as a whole, to change its way of thinking. Organizations must rethink their missions and values; gain new knowledge and skills; adjust their infrastructure to support this new way of doing business; and transform their organizational culture.

The Positive Power of Servant Leadership

Thomas Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

Servant Leadership is both timely and timeless. It is an approach to leadership which is ethical, meaningful, and practical. Good people choose to work for good people. When people find their work meaningful and purpose driven, they are more engaged. When people experience the practical results of service and leadership, they are inspired to work with others for a greater good every day. This presentation is an integration of research, professional experience, storytelling and common sense.

Serious about staff wellbeing? Empower staff through Emotional Intelligence Skills - it's not that difficult!

John Shuford, President, Collaborative Resolution Services, Inc, Raleigh, NC

We know correctional staff have serious issues with low morale, chronic stress, depression, marital discord %sqs%divorce%sqe%, health problems %sqs%including heart attacks%sqe%, suicide, turnover and shortened life expectancy. But how do we effectively address them? Many have tried, but have been unsuccessful. What is important to understand is that they all have one common cause; poor emotional intelligence skills. An Emotional Intelligence training design will be presented that is engaging, energizing, empowering, enjoyable and effective with long-term impact. And, it is easy to incorporate within existing training programs.
Breakout Session #3
3:30pm - 5:00pm


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Milwaukee Hybrid Gangs

Ben Zartner, Lieutenant, Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility
Dan Maki , Officer, Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility

This session will provide an overview of security threat groups and hybrid gangs in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. This session will provide you with some of the group names, areas and signs and symbols.

The Positive Power of Servant Leadership

Thomas Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

Servant Leadership is both timely and timeless. It is an approach to leadership which is Ethical, Meaningful, and Practical. Good people choose to work for good people. When people find their work meaningful and purpose driven, they are more engaged. When people experience the practical results of service and leadership, they are inspired to work with others for a greater good every day. This presentation is an integration of research, professional experience, storytelling and common sense.

International and Domestic Terrorism threats and Radicalization in Prisons& yourself

Sarah Williams, Intelligence Analyst, FBI-Milwaukee
Gwen McWilliams, Intelligence Analyst, FBI-Milwaukee

This session will provide an overview of each classification of terrorism and will provide training on indicators for corrections staff to look for in prisons. Additionally, they will provide information about the FBI’s Correctional Intelligence Program.

Team Building to Assess Performance

Shannon Bowling, Residential Manager, Marion County Community Corrections, Indianapolis IN

In corrections, we often work hard at determining why our staff are performing or not performing in their position. In this workshop, we will conduct a team building activity that will assess what attributes of the staff involved hinder performance and what attributes of staff enhance performance. Staff will be guided through an intense debriefing session that will aid them in future endeavors back at the office or within the facility.

5 Ways to Enjoy a Mentally Healthier Post-pandemic

Dr. Colette Cullen, Chief Regional Psychologist Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Tired of the word “unprecedented”? How about “new normal”? Yep, me too. Let’s agree to leave them behind with the rest of the pandemic while we move forward towards a psychologically stronger and more flexible future. We all learned a great deal since March 2020. Researchers and scientists worldwide had a bittersweet year to gather data on how the pandemic affected our mental health and what we can do about it. We’ll discuss what to expect from yourself and others during this post-pandemic era and how to inspire healthy thoughts and actions as the world recovers.

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Tuesday, September 21st

Morning Keynote Speaker

Face to Face - A story of Crime, Repentance and Forgiveness
Misty Wallace, Former Regional Coordinator, Bridges to Life

Misty was the victim of an auto theft. In the process, she was shot through the head and left her for dead. The assailant was apprehended and charged with attempted murder. He denied everything, but was convicted and sentenced to twenty-one years in prison.

Misty survived the shooting, but was consumed by fear, hate, and vengeance. The assailant was released after nine years behind bars. Eighteen years after the shooting, Misty contacted her attacker.

Join us to listen to Misty’s story on her road about downfall and redemption and journey to forgiveness.

Breakout Session #4
10:15am - 11:45am
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Cybercrime in Wisconsin

Michael Hemberger, Intelligence Analyst, Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center - Department of Justice

This session will provide an overview of the current trends in cybercrime reported to WI DOJ from fraud (with losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars), to network intrusions at law enforcement agencies, and ransomware. This session will also provide an overview of no-cost resources available to Wisconsin government organizations to help improve cybersecurity.

Finding Freedom on our Yoga mat and other holistic therapies

Cheryl Killilea, Owner of Changing Lanes Fitness & Nutrition, Onalaska, WI

A trauma informed perspective asks us to view others with compassion and curiosity rather than judgement or pressure. On a yoga mat we move and breathe consciously, we can get in touch with emotions or sensations that are uncomfortable and that we’ve managed to avoid. We not only explore the physical postures but we look at the mind-body connection. Combining yoga, breath techniques and other holistic therapies to help loosen the emotional and physical tightness in the body caused by mental health disorders, addiction, and trauma.
The intention is to find peace, hope and stability during a time when that is missing. To allow participants to surrender in order to let go of pain and reconnect to love and the gift of life. Modalities explored will include: meditation, tapping, affirmations, mudras, gentle postures and breath work. Everyone is invited to participate and contribute as they feel comfortable doing so.

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Practice what you learned - Serious about staff wellbeing? Empower staff through Emotional Intelligence Skills – it’s not that difficult!

John Shuford, President, Collaborative Resolution Services, Inc, Raleigh, NC

To attend this session, you must attend Mr. Shuford's #1 or #2 breakout on Monday. You will practice the skills you previously learned.
We know correctional staff have serious issues with low morale, chronic stress, depression, marital discord (divorce), health problems %sqs%including heart attacks%sqe%, suicide, turnover and shortened life expectancy. But how do we effectively address them? Many have tried, but have been unsuccessful. What is important to understand is that they all have one common cause; poor emotional intelligence skills. An Emotional Intelligence training design will be presented that is engaging, energizing, empowering, enjoyable and effective with long-term impact. And, it is easy to incorporate within existing training programs.

The Positive Power of Servant Leadership

Thomas Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

Servant Leadership is both timely and timeless. It is an approach to leadership which is Ethical, Meaningful, and Practical. Good people choose to work for good people. When people find their work meaningful and purpose driven, they are more engaged. When people experience the practical results of service and leadership, they are inspired to work with others for a greater good every day. This presentation is an integration of research, professional experience, storytelling and common sense.

Leadership: Developing Trust and Safety with Our Teams

David Yebra, Division Director, Training and Leader Development, Texas Department of Criminal Justice


As leaders, we are challenged in implementing change and producing results in a dangerous environment. We do this at great risk to the reputation of ourselves and our organizations. We want our teams to be able to express their opinions and to openly share lessons learned, yet we find significant resistance to growth because of fear. During this session we will explore organizational concepts and lessons learned that have helped transform them into learning organizations. We will explore the role of the leader in developing trust and safety in the organization using examples from the military and corporate sector. We will share stories of personal sacrifice and courage in leading teams through difficult and dangerous situations.
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