The New Superior – A Better Way to Be the One in Charge Workshop

Monday October 31st, 2022 // 8:30 am - 5:00 pm // Baltimore 1-2

Early Registration$245.00
Standard Registration$295.00


It’s difficult working as a scientist in a law enforcement agency. Laboratory leaders find themselves pinched between the needs of their scientific personnel and the expectations of their police commanders. In this workshop, our facilitators will challenge what it means to be a superior and encourage participants to develop new attitudes and strategies for being more effective and trustworthy in how they lead and manage their people. Participants will undergo a Gallup Global Strengths assessment and learn how their individual strengths create both advantages and disadvantages in how they interact with a wide variety of people, including scientists, criminal justice professionals, and police commanders. Through expanded self-self awareness, our attendees will grow their effectiveness as leaders working in the complex arena where science meets the arbiters and enforcers of law.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Know your 5 predominant strengths and their negative tendencies
  2. Recognize destructive managerial habits in yourself and others
  3. Gain strategies for incorporating coaching methods into your approach to leadership
  4. Understand the conflict-collaboration continuum
  5. Apply the ADAPT method for resolving disagreements
  6. Appreciate the impact of personality on leadership styles
  7. Develop a personal leadership process that keeps you focused on your goals
  8. Access an optional free coaching session during the symposium
  9. Interact with experienced laboratory administrators and forensic experts
  10. Learn common challenges faced by other workshop participants


Intended Audience:

Participants must be in positions of management or be interested in management as a possible career path. Required questionnaires and an assessment must be completed prior to the workshop.


Private: John CollinsChair

High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories

John Collins is a High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories, a company he founded to help people, teams, and organizations thrive in high-pressure environments where perfection is an expectation and failure is a ticket out the door.  He is also among the most respected forensic experts in the United States, recently publishing his first book on leadership and management in forensic science, which was released by Academic Press just last month. 

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Private: Pamela Marshall

Director, Duquesne University

Dr. Marshall has extensive graduate and undergraduate teaching experience in the forensic disciplines of serology, DNA, and microscopy. Her research interests include low copy number DNA, human and wildlife DNA identification challenges, nanoparticle technology, pressure cycling technology, and PCR enhancement.

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Julie Conover Sikorsky

Forensic Scientist Supervisor, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Julie Conover Sikorsky is a Forensic Scientist Supervisor, a.k.a. Forensic Biology Unit Manager, at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has been employed by the PBSO for over twenty years, first as a Senior Forensic Scientist, then as the manager of the FBU. Julie is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and ABC certified in molecular biology.

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Private: Ray Wickenheiser

Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System

Dr. Ray Wickenheiser is currently the Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System, headquartered in Albany, New York. He is also a Past President of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) and the 2022 Briggs J. White Ward recipient . Ray has over 38 years of forensic science experience, with 21 of those as a Crime Lab Director in local and State Crime Laboratories. His areas of expertise include crime lab administration, quality management, forensic DNA, serology, hair and fiber trace evidence, physical matching and comparison, glass fracture analysis, forensic grain comparison and genetic genealogy. Ray is currently the Chair of the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science.

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