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Friday, December 10, 2021

Course: Leading During Troubled Times: Next Level Leadership

Start Date: 2/14/2022 12:00 PM EST
End Date: 4/8/2022 4:00 PM EDT

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Jeni Benavides
Email: events@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (502) 219-6149

Week of February 14-Week of April 8 Final Meeting TBD
Taught online with 6  90-minute small group meetings
(including Evening Options)
Meeting times will be determined by poll of the registrants
Price $295 for NAPD members, $345 for non members

Apply for a Scholarship Here

Leading During Troubled Times: Next Level Leadership
Led by Lori James-Townes, Leane Renee, Dr. Pamela Love Manning

Leadership is vital, yet sometimes we struggle to lead with the core principles of effective leadership. It is even more difficult to lead during times of adversity and crisis while helping others to maintain their stability. That's why we need to level up our leadership skills. No matter you fall on the leadership spectrum of experience, there is always room for growth. Experts have recommendations and ways to increase your leadership effectiveness during times of crisis. This course will help leaders define what kind of leaders they aspire to be, ways in which to raise their leadership IQ, and assist you as you develop innovative ways to approach challenges and obstacles. In this leadership course, we will cover concepts like keeping your team working together remotely, one on one conversations with your staff, helping staff struggling in these times, promoting self-care in your team, etc.

This course will be taught online with weekly online materials, as well as six 90 minute small group meetings. The meeting times will be determined by a poll of the registrants, and will include evening options.


What people have said about this course: 

“THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You revived me and I'm becoming a better leader for my team, during COVID isolation and beyond.”

“I truly enjoyed this course! I received so much confirmation not only with my work goals, but believe it or not personal life as well.”

“It [this course] struck something deep within me that I want to take time and pick apart and digest. I loved how it forced me to look within instead of outside of myself for solutions.”

“This course is an excellent introduction to defining your personal goals and values as a leader, and a springboard for putting them into action on the job.”

Lori James-Townes, NAPD Executive Director
Lori earned her Master’s Degree in clinical social work (University of Maryland SSW) and her B.A. in Social Work from Morgan State University. Lori has over 25 years of clinical, training, and organizational development experience, which includes program development, program management, collegiate instruction, as well as leadership and management training. Lori has served as faculty for several universities, and as a member of national and regional leadership, development, communication, and team-building trainings. Lori is also President of Expand-Now, LLC.  Through this entity she can fulfill her lifelong passion of adding value to others through teaching and learning. She is a part-time Clinical Professor in the Family Studies and Community Development Department at Towson University. Prior to joining the Towson University family, she served as Director of Leadership and Program Development at the Maryland Office of Public Defender which has more than 800 employees across the state of Maryland. While in this position, she demonstrated her ability to help others grow in the areas of teamwork, leadership and management. She also led the agency’s social work staff, consultants, and interns. In 2015, The Daily Record Newspaper named her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. In addition to working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she is also an author, and a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Facilitator, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker. 

Dr. Pamela Love-Manning
"Dr. Pam Love” is the founder of the Finishers Network, an inspirational speaker and has extensive training and leadership consulting experience. Pam has coached and conducted workshops nationally and internationally, has taught for a number of universities including the University of Southern California and has trained violence interrupters and returning citizens. Pam is the author of 5 books including See You At the Finish Line: Cultivating the Mindset of a Finisher. nPam holds degrees in psychology, social work (MSW and PhD) and has an MBA. She is a member of a number of professional organizations and is a mentor to a number of women. Pam has received numerous awards and recognitions for her service to various individuals and organizations. 

Leane Renee

Leane is the Chief of the Capital Habeas Unit for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Public Defender. She supervises attorneys and core staff using an interdisciplinary team approach to incorporate clients, attorneys, paralegals, investigators and experts in representation of state and federal death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings. Leane began practicing law in 1996 and, prior to entering federal service in 2016, Leane represented clients in a variety of state public defender offices. As a trial attorney in the NYC Legal Aid Society’s Manhattan Criminal Defense Division, she represented nearly 2,500 clients; as a trial attorney in a small, rural public defender office in California, she became a founding member of one the state’s very first Mental Health Court programs, in 2002. She later managed the legal services division of a non-profit organization as well as her own private practice which focused on criminal, juvenile, child welfare, family law, and mental health litigation in several rural Northern California counties. Leane also served as Mitigation and Policy Director on the leadership team of a mid-size county public defender office in Pennsylvania, where she conducted extensive public outreach and in-house training to develop a client-centered holistic representation model, provided motivational presentations to diverse stakeholder agencies on justice reform initiatives, and worked on local and national justice committees to launch programs addressing disproportionate minority contact.

By registering for this training, I am affirming that today I am neither a prosecutor, nor attending this training  with the purpose of aiding the prosecution of any criminally accused.   I further affirm that I  am dedicated to the ideals of the criminal defense practitioner, and am committed to the causes of effective and zealous defense of those charged with crimes, the protection and assertion of constitutional rights afforded the criminally accused, and the recognition and preservation of human dignity of those charged with crimes.  I further affirm that my use of the information provided by this training  will not be used by me in any manner which would impugn the above set out ideals.

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 2/7/2022 8:00 PM

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