Plenary: The Organizationally Intelligent Leader: 10 Essential Principles of Implementation Leadership


Tuesday, January 24, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Session Type: General

In today’s criminal justice environments effective leaders are those who not only embrace the sciences of effective risk and recidivism reduction, but also the science of effective implementation. These leaders are driven by the desire to change their organizations to authentically implement evidence-based practices (EBP) and justice reform initiatives. Initially, such implementation requires a certain set of leadership attitudes to drive change at the system level.  However, the commitment to EBP or reform is not enough to overcome the challenges of real-world human systems.  In these less-forgiving environments, leaders are faced with critical human and systemic challenges that can often impede effective implementation. This provocative and introspective presentation will focus on the 10 Essential Principles of Implementation Leadership that are necessary to overcome these challenges and significantly impact organizational change. Attendees will be introduced to each of the ten laws, while learning how they directly contribute to successful implementation.


Dr. Alexandra Walker
Director of Community Relations and Strategy, The Alliance for Community & Justice Innovation

Alex has over 20 years of experience working in human services. Prior to founding ACJI with her partners, Alex has worked across the legal spectrum in residential treatment, jails, halfway houses, prisons, and community reentry programs with her most recent position being the Vice Chair of the Colorado Board of Parole. Alex is committed to the idea that organizations are in control of their outcomes. Said another way, she believes that there are reasons why socially significant outcomes have been elusive for many justice agencies and has dedicated her career to helping agencies uncover these critical, yet often overlooked, aspects of their work. As a Founding Member of the Alliance for Community and Justice Innovation, she partners with multiple government agencies to address alignment and implementation challenges that get in the way of service delivery. This work focuses on clearly identifying desired outcomes and building innovative systems to support the people, data, culture, and leadership factors that support the work. Leveraging her experience as a public speaker and implementer, Alex specializes in facilitating small and large group workshops, presentations, and engagement events to identify and address the alignment and adaptive challenges of implementing transformational change.