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Women's Symposium

August 26 Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm ET

We invite you to consider wearing something pink when you join us for the symposium.
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Lifting Each Other To Higher Ground

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is pleased to announce a special, one-day Women’s Symposium entitled, “STRONGER TOGETHER: Lifting Each Other to Higher Ground” to take place on Saturday, August 26, 2023, during APPA’s 48th Annual Training Institute. The goals of the Women’s Symposium are to bring likeminded community corrections women together to visualize their full potential as leaders; develop strategies for maintaining work/life balance; and assess their careers to make realistic, practical plans for their personal and professional future endeavors.

During this one-day event, participants will take part in the following relevant, interactive sessions all designed to propel them forward in various aspects of their lives:

  • Being Well: Changing the Current Culture from Sickness to Health
  • Work: Body, Mind, Spirit
  • Embracing YOUR Now, While Planning YOUR Future
  • Getting Through the Going Through: Implementing Life Lessons to Make it Happen

*Registration for the training institute is required. To register, visit the 48th Annual Training Institute Online Registration page. Under “Optional Event Fees”, select “Women's Symposium.”

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Health and Wellness Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reentry

Assist Those Affected by the Criminal Justice System

August 27 Sunday 8:00am - 12:00pm ET

Training Objective: Describe how to assist all those that are affected by criminal justice, helping with employment opportunities and education while considering behavior or substance abuse issues.


Rick Marech
Samantha Pugh
Prevention Reentry

Impact vs. Impressions

August 27 Sunday 8:00am - 12:00pm ET

Training Objective: Demonstrate what culture-based training looks like, provide examples of cognitive strength training used to combat recidivism, and dismantle deconstructive strategies in favor of criminogenic restructuring approaches


Kendall L. Taylor
Donna M. Bouie
Community Supervision Reform

Success Planning:
A Playbook for Coaches (Not Referees)

August 27 Sunday 8:00am - 12:00pm ET

Training Objective: Gain insight into the coach/ref model for change, learn the core concepts of success planning, and have an opportunity to practice/train on the success plan before taking it to the live game.


Brian Lovins, PhD
Rachel Goldstein
Shannon Magnuson, PhD
Tameka Williams, PhD
Community Supervision International

Core Correctional Skills in Practice

August 27 Sunday 12:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Training Objective: Describing core correctional skills, their main features, and how to use them in practice, conduct the first interview, use role clarification, self-disclosure, optimism, and humor, and recognize and practice level three of empathy.


Ioan Durnescu, PhD
Joseph Arvidson
William D. Burrell
Prevention Reentry

It’s a Whole New Ball Game:
Motivational Interviewing for Justice Involved Individuals

August 27 Sunday 12:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Training Objective: Explain basic MI concepts in short microbursts and provide opportunities for students to practices Open Questions, Affirmation, Reflection and Summary with an MI coach, and provide a comfortable environment for participants to receive feedback from an MI coach and person simulating a justice involved individual.


Joseph Suciu
Jason Nespeca
Eric Persing
Juvenile Justice Reentry Reform

The Collaborative Advantage:
Building Communities to Strengthen System Impacted People Inside and Out

August 27 Sunday 12:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Training Objective: We often speak about the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. This panel will discuss the efforts Los Angeles County has made in actualizing a village like approach to supporting youth in the newly legislated TRI Academy - SYTF.


Dr. Rafael Ventura III
Health and Wellness Mental Health and Substance Abuse Victims' Issue

The Addiction-Trauma Connection SOLD OUT

August 27 Sunday 12:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Training Objective: Define trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, and trauma-specific services. Describe the dynamics and process of trauma. Discuss the ACE Study. Describe the interrelationship between addiction and trauma Discuss gender differences in trauma and abuse. Attendees will also receive one of DVD sets on the following two topics: "Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men and Gender-Diverse People" or "Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women and Gender-Diverse People."


Dr. Stephanie Covington
Gwyn Kaitis

ACJI’s Implementation Leadership Summit

August 27 Sunday 9:00am - 2:00pm ET

Join ACJI and fellow Leadership Academy Alumni at the Marriott Marquis on Sunday, August 27th 2023 from 9am to 2pm @ The APPA 48th Annual Training Institute!

  • Receive new tools and strategies to deploy the 10 Essential Principles of Implementation Leadership.
  • Gain insight about how to lead change while applying learning from Implementation Science.
  • Connect with Implementation Leaders and Academy Alumni from around the world.
  • Share your own real world Implementation Leadership experiences and learn from others.
  • Lunch included for ACJI Alumni

The event starts at 9:00 am with a morning session and lunch for ACJI Alumni only. The afternoon session from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm is open and free for all APPA Training Institute attendees.

*Registration is required.

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August 27 Sunday 5:00pm - 7:00pm ET

One of the most successful Black businessmen in the country, who has led Nike’s Jordan Brand from a $200M sneaker company to a $4B global apparel juggernaut, Larry Miller will share the remarkable story of his rise from gangland violence to the pinnacles of international business.

Jump, the book Miller cowrote with his daughter, Laila Lacy, follows journey from the violent streets of West Philly in the 1960s to the highest echelons of American sports and industry. Miller wound up in jail more than once, especially as a teenager. But he immersed himself in the educational opportunities, eventually took advantage of a Pennsylvania state education-release program offered to incarcerated people, and was able to graduate with honors from Temple University.

When revealing his gangland past caused him to lose his first major job opportunity, Miller vowed to keep it a secret. He climbed the corporate ladder with a number of companies such as Kraft Foods, Campbell’s Soup, and Jantzen, until Nike hired him to run its domestic apparel operations. Around the time of Michael Jordan’s basketball retirement, Nike Chairman Phil Knight made Larry Miller president of the newly formed Jordan Brand. In 2007 Paul Allen convinced Miller to jump to the NBA to become president of the Portland Trailblazers, one of the first African-Americans to lead a professional sports team, before returning to Jordan Brand in 2012.

All along, Miller lived two lives: the secret of his violent past haunted him, invading his days with migraines and his sleep with nightmares of getting hauled back to jail. Miller makes a passionate appeal for criminal justice reform and expanded educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people across the United States. Drawing on his powerful personal story, Miller provides an aspirational journey for those who need hope.

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Chairman of the Jordan Brand Advisory Board, NIKE

Larry Miller is the Chairman of the Jordan Brand Advisory Board, a division of Nike Inc. He has garnered international respect for his reputation of being an inspirational leader who understands how to build innovative, cultural and premium businesses in the world of sport and lifestyle establishing the standard for athletic luxury footwear and apparel. In his capacity as President, Miller is responsible for overseeing the operations of the $3 Billion sports performance and lifestyle brand while working closely with Nike Inc. global leadership and Michael Jordan to drive its business objectives globally.

Prior to joining the Jordan Brand in 2012, Miller served as President and Alternate Governor of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Miller joined the Trailblazers in June 2007 and under his guidance the team make three consecutive trips to the postseason while selling out 159 straight games. During the 2010-11 season, the franchise celebrated an 86% season ticket retention rate, and more than 11,000 full season tickets, placing the organization fifth in the NBA. Under Miller’s leadership, the Trail Blazers became the first American sports franchise to achieve Gold LEED status for an existing arena, earning the 2009 PRISM award.

Before joining Nike, Miller served as President for Jantzen, Inc. He also served as a Manager for Kraft General Foods, Assistant Controller at Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., and held various positions with Campbell Soup, molding his background as one of the most influential corporate leaders in an evolving lifestyle industry.

Miller makes Portland his home, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Self Enhancement Inc. (“SEI”), the Oregon Business Council, Oregon Sports Authority, and is a member of the Portland Mayor’s Economic Development Cabinet. He is a passionate advocate for education and mentorship and was previously involved with the Urban League and Junior Achievement.

Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University in 1982, and a master’s degree in business from LaSalle University in 1985. He graduated from the Urban League Leadership Institute in 1987.

His memoir, JUMP, My Secret Journey from the Streets to the Boardroom was published by William Morrow/ Harper Collins in 2022. Co-authored with his daughter Laila Lacy, JUMP details Miller's ascent from the streets of West Philadelphia to some of the highest distinctions of the corporate world.

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Laila Lacy

Co-author of the Award-Winning Book JUMP

Laila Lacy is the co-author of the award-winning book JUMP, My Secret Journey from the Streets to the Boardroom. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Lacy graduated from Central High School. She earned a degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, where she studied Psychology and Human Communications and has studied at New York’s Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Lacy taught middle school for the New York Board of Education and later served as a business development manager for several mortgage banking firms in California. In addition to collaborating on her father’s memoir, she’s been a tutor, writing coach, school volunteer and written op-eds and product reviews that have been featured in the several online magazines. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.

Yoga and Zumba Session

August 28 Monday 6:30am - 7:15am ET

August 29 Tuesday 6:30am - 7:15am ET


First come first serve basis up to room capacity.

The Tommy Experience, LLC, known throughout the New York City area for enriching the quality of lives of our senior community by being proactive rather than reactive, will provide 45-minute concurrent sessions of Yoga and Zumba. Yoga, important for its support of stress management through soothing sounds and movement has been selected for those participants who like to begin their days lightly in a calming manner. For those participants who rather a more fast-paced morning routine, Zumba will get you off to great start with its buzzing movements and high vibrance.

Free with NYC Institute registration!

Juvenile Justice Forum

August 28 Monday 8:30am - 5:30pm ET

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Adopting APPA’s Core Principles for Advancing Juvenile Probation

Participate in a special training dedicated to youth justice professionals. This one-day event will expand on APPA’s recent Vision for Juvenile Probation and how you can change the future for justice-involved youth. APPA’s Vision for Juvenile Probation is a set of 10 core principles that we believe should be incorporated into every juvenile justice agency across the United States. Participants will learn how to use innovative and effective strategies to achieve better outcomes for youth. Join us in this special event to learn, think and connect with your peers in juvenile justice.

*Registration for the training institute is required.
To register, visit the 48th Annual Training Institute Online Registration page. Under “Optional Event Fees”, select “Juvenile Justice Forum.”

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Plenary Session:

Getting it Right

August 28 Monday 11:00am - 12:30pm ET

This plenary will include a discussion on “getting it right” by system leaders and community partners committed to developmentally appropriate practices for emerging adults (ages 18-25) in community corrections. It will introduce the Emerging Adults Justice Framework developed by The Columbia Justice Lab in partnership with emerging adults with lived experience in the justice system, researchers, system leaders, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Steven Bishop

Associate Director, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Stephen Bishop is associate director for probation and system transformation with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and part of the leadership team of its Juvenile Justice Strategy Group and Center for Systems Innovation. Bishop leads the Foundation’s investments and initiatives with youth justice system and community partners to ensure that young people exposed to the legal system can realize their potential, even when they make mistakes and violate the law in serious ways. Bishop’s portfolio includes leading Casey’s efforts to transform youth probation, end the youth prison model and reduce inappropriate and unnecessary use of secure detention.

Bishop started his career in youth justice as a juvenile probation officer and supervisor in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, followed by more than a decade leading statewide training, technical assistance and research programs at the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission. The Pennsylvania governor has appointed him to the state’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee and the PennSERVE Advisory Board. He is the chair of the state’s Juvenile Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee and a past president of the Pennsylvania Association on Probation, Parole and Corrections. Bishop has a Master of Science in Administration of Justice.

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Lael Chester

Director of the Emerging Adult Justice Project, Columbia University Justice Lab

Lael Elizabeth Hiam Chester, JD, is the Director of the Emerging Adult Justice Project at the Columbia University Justice Lab. A graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Law School, she worked as the Albert Martin Sacks Clinical Fellow at the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard and then was an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. For 12 years, she served as Executive Director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ), a statewide non-profit dedicated to improving the juvenile justice system.

She then served as a Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, where she focused her research on emerging adults (ages 18 – 25). She has continued this work at Columbia University’s Justice Lab, where she conducts cutting-edge action research projects in collaboration with other researchers, practitioners, policy makers, advocates and people with lived-experience from around the country to increase learning and drive transformative innovations in this new field.

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Derrell Frazier

Social Justice Strategist

Derrell Frazier is a motivated public speaker and Social Justice Strategist who takes pride and ownership of his community. He championed the needs of the youth in the system, focusing on Advocacy and system innovation.

A Baltimore City native, Derrell has a unique understanding of the challenges our society face and the importance of equity and advocating on their behalf. His passion reflects working to provide people with the tools and resources needed to thrive and identify their gifts and push stakeholders to address the issues affecting them. Derrell intends to develop innovative strategies that will create transformational IMPACT, EMPOWER & SHAPE the next generation of leaders!

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Eric Maly

Adult Field Services Director, Nebraska

Eric began his career working with Emerging Adults in 1999, mentoring young people and helping them build community connections. Between 2002 and 2013, Eric worked in residential group homes, providing programming for immigrant and Deaf/hard of hearing youth. Eric served as the Director of Heartland Aliance’s International Youth Center in Chicago from 2013-2017, and in 2017 became the Chief Programs Officer with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, ensuring rural communities had access to healthy food. Eric joined Nebraska Probation in 2019 and currently serves as the Adult Field Services Director, overseeing the implementation of EAJP’s innovative practices with 18-25 year olds in Nebraska.

Plenary Session:

A Crucial Conversation: Reimagining Community Corrections through Lived Experience

August 29 Tuesday 11:10am - 12:30pm ET

Step into an extraordinary conversation that transcends boundaries and redefines community corrections. Join us as we embark on an empowering journey led by the esteemed Honorable Judge Karen Friedman (ret.), now Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, and Engagement, U.S. Department of Justice. Together with the captivating Quawntay "Bosco" Adams, renowned author of "Chasin' Freedum," we will delve into the heart of community corrections from a deeply personal and transformative perspective.

In this riveting session, we'll confront the obstacles faced by those within the criminal justice system and illuminate the true potential of community supervision. Mr. Adams' lived experience offers a profound understanding of the power of change, while Judge Friedman provides expert insights that inspire groundbreaking approaches in the field.

This is more than a conversation; it's an invitation to reshape the narrative of community corrections. Discover the impact of genuine connections, meaningful interventions, and a collective vision of freedom and rehabilitation. Join us as we break barriers, ignite new perspectives, and pave the way for a brighter future in community corrections.

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Hon. Judge Karen Friedman (ret.)

Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, and Engagement at U.S. Department of Justice

In February 2022, the Honorable Karen Friedman joined BJA as a political appointee serving as the Director for Criminal Justice Innovation and Development Engagement for the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). After serving 20 years as a Judge in the state of Maryland court system, she brings a wealth of experience and commitment to the criminal justice system and has been a major contributor to BJA’s Corrections, Reentry, and Justice Reform portfolio.

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Quawntay “Bosco” Adams

Author, Memoir Chasin’ Freedum

Quawntay “Bosco” Adams grew up in Compton, California, and spent most of his life behind bars. He is now a movie producer and published author who has rewritten his story and strives to inspire change and hope through public speaking and his nonprofit foundations, Chasin’ Freedum Foundation and I-CAN Youth Foundation. His story and evolution exemplifies the change we all work tirelessly to see in ex-offenders.

Community Corrections Chase (C3)

August 29 Tuesday 1:30pm - 4:30pm ET

APPA’s interactive learning experience, the Community Corrections Chase (C3), is back with another rewarding and competitive challenge for training institute attendees! It is a take on the popular CBS show, Amazing Race, where contestants “race” to win a cash prize. In our competition, community corrections/supervision professionals will team-up to “chase” knowledge about practices, theories, and policies that increase understanding of this industry, while learning about New York and its important role in the history of Community Corrections.

  • C3 Teams will leave the Marriott Marquis on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at 1:30 pm
  • Each site will offer a different educational and fact-finding expedition.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the FIRST and SECOND place teams.

This session has limited availability, so do not miss out on this exciting opportunity!

*Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.

*Registration for the training institute is required.


Plenary Session:

In a Whole New Way

August 29 Tuesday 4:30pm - 5:45pm ET

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Written and Directed by

Jonathan Fisher

During this plenary session, the presenter will share how using best practices in our field can yield a much higher degree of successful outcomes. During the session, attendees will be able to see the award-winning probation documentary, In a Whole New Way. This industry embraced short film, featured at over 130 festivals worldwide, raises issues and showcases best probation practices. How appropriate – it will take the audience through work done by the New York City Probation Department and one of its highly touted programs to give individuals under supervision a chance for not just a job, but a career. The subject of gainful, meaningful employment is top of mind for community corrections departments across the nation. The audience will have a chance to participate in a robust Q&A period influenced by priorities and strategies to enhance results.

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August 30 Wednesday 08:00am – 09:00am ET

APPA is honored to welcome four individuals who will share their unique perspectives, each having been personally involved in the criminal justice system. Their compelling stories will offer valuable insights into the relationship between community supervision and positive outcomes. Throughout the panel discussion, these distinguished panelists will take us on their individual journeys of transformation, illustrating how they have become productive citizens, contributing to re-entry communities.

As dedicated community corrections professionals, we frequently engage in discussions about formerly incarcerated individuals. Drawing from our experiences, extensive research, and direct interactions with offenders, we form assumptions and beliefs about improving the criminal justice system. Our ultimate objective is to enhance the offenders' prosocial skills, thereby reducing recidivism. However, amidst our good intentions, we must ask ourselves: Are we truly providing helpful support? Do our interventions facilitate or hinder the offender's progress? Are we achieving the desired results?

During this enlightening panel discussion, we will introduce the panelists, sharing relevant information about their backgrounds and experiences as justice-involved individuals who have intimately "lived" the system. They will candidly express the elements that didn't work and those that proved instrumental in fostering positive changes in their lives..

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Tyrique Glasgow

Founder, Young Chances Foundation

Growing up in his South Philadelphia neighborhood, Tyrique Glasgow got caught up in life on the streets -- and was shot 11 times. But in 2011, after five years in prison, he returned home and began helping young people find another path. Now, on the block where he once sold drugs, his Young Chances Foundation runs a community center that’s a safe haven and source of support for the whole neighborhood -- providing free youth programs as well as food, basic necessities, and resources to hundreds of residents every week.

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Moderator: Tony Lewis

Vocational Development Coordinator, CSOSA

Tony Lewis, Jr. is an author, activist, criminal justice reformer, and reentry expert that has spent his adult life working tirelessly at the intersection of poverty, violence, mass incarceration, and trauma. His 23 years of servant leadership fostering community-based strategies to help prevent violence and increase public safety have brought much needed clarity and solutions to these complex problems. He has fought to create institutional change for those that require it most, while casting a bright light on their needs, hopes, and dreams. In the process, he has built coalitions and developed meaningful relationships with a wide variety of powerful stakeholders across the city and throughout the country.

Mr. Lewis’ activism and advocacy has led to legislative/policy changes regarding children with incarcerated parents, voting rights for incarcerated residents, returning citizen hiring/housing, social equity, the arts, and gun violence prevention/intervention. He has been a leader locally and nationally around issues that have impacted communities of color the most. He has traveled the country lecturing about the collateral damage of mass incarceration and gun violence. He has organized efforts to address food insecurity, displacement, and access to opportunity. He has galvanized thousands across all demographics to take on personal responsibility to improve their circumstances and their communities. He has been a bridge and a translator of sorts between government and community. Mr. Lewis has been an example that transformational change is possible and continuous, no matter the circumstances.

His work and advocacy have been featured on CNN, BET, The Breakfast Club, The Washington Post, and many media outlets. He resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife Jessica and their daughters Isabella and Sophie.

Closing Plenary Session

Death, Politics, and Red Tape: Failing Forward in Community Corrections

August 30 Wednesday 10:30am - 12:00pm ET

Embracing a career in corrections is not for the faint of heart. Even the most passionate, committed, and capable professionals can become hardened, cynical, and ultimately burn out. In a field where change is hard and success feels short-lived, hope and passion can be in short supply. So how do we stay focused on the important work that we do, those we serve, and show up resiliently optimistic each day? Join Dr. Alexandra Walker as she shares how to move through our failures by embracing resilient optimism. Learn and connect with others as we learn what it means to fail forward in community corrections.

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Dr. Alex Walker

Dr. Alexandra Walker has more than 20 years of experience in the field of reentry and behavioral health. She offers a diverse background in evidence-based practices, training, program development, implementation science, and treatment modalities. Alex has worked on a myriad of federal, state, and local justice initiatives and research projects. Most recently she transitioned from the Colorado Parole Board as Vice Chair to co-found and run the Alliance for Community and Justice Innovation (ACJI). Having managed implementation efforts large and small across the correctional space, Alex brings a wealth of experience in both community based and institutional corrections. She is well versed in the development, implementation, and measurement of structured decision-making tools and is committed to helping organizations reach fidelity to their highest impact practices and programs. As the Director of Community Relations and Strategy for ACJI, Alex provides tools, strategies, research and evaluation supports for implementation efforts at the state and local level. She also coaches leaders on implementation and staff engagement efforts, and develops practices and resources for specialized populations with organizations across the country.

Tours and Excursions

The following excursions and tours are available for attendees of APPA 48th Annual Training Institute in NYC. These tours are very limited in capacity and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t miss your opportunity to reserve your spot.

presented by
New York City Department of Probation

Circle Line Tour

● Join us for a relaxing cruise during the American Probation and Parole Association's 48th Annual Training Institute in NYC presented by the New York City Department of Probation.

● Enjoy a 3-hour tour aboard a spacious Circle Line vessel, accommodating up to 450 people. With a knowledgeable tour guide, cash bar with snacks, this cruise offers a perfect setting for networking and scenic enjoyment.

● Boarding at 7:30 pm at West 42nd Street, Monday August 28th. The boat sets sail at 8:00 pm, returning by 11:00 pm.

● One bus with 55 capacity and three buses with 42 capacity will be shuttling participants of the tour from 45th Broadway exit of the Marriott Marquis starting at 6:00pm. Don't miss this unforgettable experience on the Hudson River! To learn more about the Circle Line please visit their site here.

Women's Symposium Sponsors

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Contributing Sponsors

Allied Universal® Electronic Monitoring - Badges, Bingo, APPA Awards  |  Aventiv &  Honest Jobs &  REFORM Alliance - Career Fair  |  Abraxas Youth & Family Services - Bingo  |  Benevolent - Bingo  |  Care Guide Service INC - Bag Stuffer, Bingo  |  Correctional Management Institute - Leadership Institute  |  LifeSafer - Bingo  |  Noble Software Group - Bingo  |  Precision Kiosk Technologies - Bingo  |  Premier Biotech - Bingo  |  Premier Wireless Business Technology Solutions, Inc. - Bag Stuffer, Bingo  |  SCRAM Systems - Bingo  |  Shadowtrack - Lanyards  |  The Prem Rawat Foundation - Bingo

Also, special thanks goes to our Corporate Members!

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