Times-Union Features “Women in Blue”

We were so excited to see this great article by Beth Reese Cravey in the Florida Times-Union on Sunday regarding the female trailblazers in law enforcement who will be on the Generation W stage March 31, 2017. Here’s an excerpt:

“Early on, being a woman in law enforcement was very challenging. From officers who didn’t want to work with women, to uniforms that didn’t fit, this job was pretty tough in the beginning,” said Michelle Cook, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office director of patrol and enforcement, during her interview with the Times-Union.

The key, added Annmarie Cardona, a North Miami Police Department major who in charge of her agency’s investigative section, was to focus on the skills and traits she as an individual and as a woman brought to the table, rather than try to adapt to the stereotypically male image.

“Stay true to who you are,” she said. “It’s a man’s world. … We still have a lot of work to do.”

Cook and Cardona will be among the 35 speakers at the 2017 Generation W women’s leadership conference March 31 in Jacksonville. Speakers will represent a wide range of fields, including business, science, healthcare, media, technology, nonprofits and human resources.

Click here to read the entire Times-Union story.