WHAT: Women in Public Safety conference

WHEN: Thursday, March 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ALSO – Friday, March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Pennsylvania

Claudia Cohen Hall

Terrace Room

249 S. 36th St., Philadelphia

In recognition of International Women’s Day (March 8), the Philadelphia Fire Department is hosting its second annual conference on Women in Public Safety.

This free, two-day event features speakers and workshops addressing the challenges of recruiting, retaining, developing and promoting women in public safety. Among the speakers:

  • Philadelphia Prisons Commissioner Blanche Carney
  • Battalion Chief Linda Long, first female fire chief in the Philadelphia Fire Department
  • Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez
  • Dr. Ilene Wasserman, consultant on leadership development and executive coaching
  • Retired FBI Agent Jerri Williams, now an author and podcaster
  • Assistant Deputy Commissioner Crystal Yates, first black female EMS chief in the Philadelphia Fire Department

For details or to register, visit