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What You Missed at the 2023 Executive Leadership Conference and Fleet Exposition

January 03, 2024

The Florida Sheriffs Association is proud to host annual events that provide a venue for training, sharing, and learning. Each event is specifically designed to gather a targeted audience of specific law enforcement personnel and those who directly support their work.

Of these events, the annual Executive Leadership Conference and Fleet Exposition was designed to provide training for every team member working in sheriffs’ offices across the state.

This year’s Executive Leadership Conference was graciously hosted by Walton County Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.  Couldn’t make it out? Here’s what you missed at the 2023 ELC Conference.

The 2023 ELC conference began with a moment of silence for our fallen officers, the Pledge of Allegiance and our national anthem.

During the Fleet Exposition, participating counties showcase the graphic designs of their police rated vehicles, heavy equipment and fire rescue and emergency service vehicles. We also get to recognize the winners of the vehicle graphic design photo contest for their effort and creativity. This year’s winners certainly did not disappoint.

Administrative Vehicle Graphics Contest – Winner: Santa Rosa County

Law Enforcement Vehicle Graphics Contest – Winner: Nassau County

Congratulations to the winners – and thanks to all who participated.

Education and Training

Participants at the Executive Leadership Conference benefit from valuable training, including discussed topics relevant to today’s sheriffs’ offices and staff across the state.

The first keynote speaker, Pamela Barnum, M.P.A., J.D., who was an undercover police officer and federal prosecutor, helped attendees learn how to develop a culture of trust in uncertain times.

Keynote speaker Pamela Barnum, M.P.A., J.D. talks about how to create a culture of trust. 

The following day, David Mead, best-selling co-author of “Find Your Why” shared insights to unlocking high performance through humanity.

Keynote speaker and best-selling author, David Mead, discusses how to unlock high performance through humanity.

Michael Laidler, professional speaker and best-selling author, followed David later that day by talking about mental fatigue and wellness for officers and high impact leaders.

Michael Laidler highlights officer wellness during keynote session. 

On the final day, Cory Godwin, FSA’s Jail Services Coordinator, shared how leaders can work to unlock the individual and collective talents of your team.

In addition to these insightful keynote sessions, attendees participated in sessions on topics for command staff, corrections, executive assistants, PIOs, finance, human resources and more.

Stay Informed with FSA

The Florida Sheriffs Association hosts three major conferences each year to recognize and support the work of Florida sheriffs and their staffs, including the popular Executive Leadership Conference. If you are interested in more information regarding ELC or the sheriffs’ conferences, please visit this page to sign up for alerts when information becomes available. In the meantime, you can also subscribe to our free weekly e-Newsletter to learn about other upcoming FSA events.

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