Speaker Bio’s

Brian Willis

“Brian Willis – President and C.E.O. (Chief Excellence officer) “Brian is an acclaimed thought leader, training innovation specialist, catalyst for change in the law enforcement profession, speaker, author and trainer. Brian is committed to leading the fight against mediocrity and helping law enforcement officers, trainers and leaders create a Legacy of Excellence through Life’s Most Powerful Question – What’s Important Now? (W.I.N.)

Brian is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution and commitment to Officer Safety in Canada, a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to the law enforcement profession and in 2011 Brian was named as the Law Officer Trainer of the Year.

Brian is the editor, publisher and contributing writer for the acclaimed books W.I.N.: Critical Issues in Training and Leading Warriors, W.I.N. 2: Insights Into Training and Leading Warriors, If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street, If I Knew Then 2: Warrior Reflections, am I that man? How Heroes Role Models and Mentors Can Shape Your Life and a contributing writer for Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline and Honor.

Brian serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers association (ILEETA). He is the past editor of the ILEETA Review, writes the W.I.N. Column for the ILEETA Journal and has had numerous articles published in law enforcement periodicals.

Brian began his law enforcement career with the Calgary Police Service in 1979 and over the next 25 years he worked as a patrol officer, tactical officer, patrol supervisor and trainer. From 1995 to 2004 he was the head use of force trainer for the Calgary Police Service (an agency of 1950 officers). In that role he was responsible for researching, developing, instructing and overseeing the Officer Safety, Subject Control Tactics, Crowd Management, Incident Command and Emergency Vehicle Operations programs. Brian also served on the Crowd Control Unit for 19 years as a constable, supervisor in charge of training and development, Platoon Commander and Deputy Commander. He served in integral roles during the World Petroleum Congress and G8 Summit in Calgary.

Brian served as a member of the National Advisory Board for Police Marksman Magazine from 2000 to 2007 and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and Canadian Association of Professional Speakers

In addition to numerous law enforcement certifications Brian holds a Certificate in Adult Learning from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College. He has given presentations on mental preparation and conditioning at numerous international conferences and is sought after as a speaker across North America for his presentations Excellence in Training, Harnessing The Winning Mind and Warrior Spirit, The Pursuit of Personal Excellence and am I that man?.

Brian has trained law enforcement trainers from the FBI, DEA, RCMP, as well as trainers from state/provincial and municipal agencies from across Canada and the United States in his cutting edge Excellence in Training program.

He has also worked with martial artists, competitive shooters, athletes and coaches from a variety of sports including hockey, volleyball, bull riding, figure skating, running, biathlon, skeleton, and golf on harnessing the power of the mind and enhancing performance through harnessing the power of the mind and the use of Performance Enhancement Imagery

Brian worked as a volunteer mental preparation coach with Canadian amateur boxing champions in four weight classes, a 2004 Olympic Boxing Team member and four gold medal winners from the prestigious Ringside Boxing Tournament held in Kansas City. Brian also worked with the 2003/2004 Medicine Hat Tigers following their regular season as well as working with the team at the 2004 Memorial Cup in Kelowna, B.C.

Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, Ph.D.,
is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment. He has published 120+ peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters exploring anxiety and trauma related disorders, completed 200+ national and international conference presentations, and serves in various editorial capacities for several international peer-reviewed journals. He has received many prestigious awards and is actively involved in researching assessment and treatment of anxiety and trauma. He maintains a small private practice for military and first responders who have posttraumatic stress disorder.

Anna T. Laszlo

Anna T. Laszlo, MA is the Chief Operating Officer of Fair and Impartial Policing, LLC and, with Dr. Fridell, the co-author/developer of the Fair and Impartial Policing Training Program. She continues to deliver the Fair and Impartial Policing Training to law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada and with Dr. Fridell is leading a new FIP curriculum design and training effort for the USDOJ law enforcement components (DEA, Marshalls Service, ATF and FBI). She has over 30 years’ experience designing and implementing national criminal justice and law enforcement training and technical assistance programs funded by the USDOJ and other Federal agencies. In addition to her work with FIP, LLC, she serves as a Senior Police Advisor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) international police reform and training programs. Her international portfolio includes working with the Moroccan, Haitian, Tunisian, Brazilian, and Egyptian National Police Services. For IACP, she also designs police leadership training programs, including the revision of the Leadership in Police Organizations ™ curriculum and the IACP/Women’s Leadership Institute ™ .

She has conducted more training programs for Federal, State, and local law enforcement as well as international training programs for criminal justice professionals since 1978. She has directed numerous national training and technical assistance projects for the USDOJ, including the COPS in Schools: Keeping our Kids Safe Program which trained over 10,00 school resources officers and school administrators over eight years. She is the Founder and Creative Director of the West Side Story Project, an innovative collaboration between law enforcement, musical theatre, and youth-serving agencies to address police-youth relationships and violence prevention. Her consulting practice includes such clients as the American Bar Association, the National District Attorneys’ Association, American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, Phoenix House, the Center for Law and Justice, University of New Orleans, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

She is published in academic and professional journals. Her most recent article, addressing the development of the Fair and Impartial Policing Training Program, appears in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Journal—Special Issue: Policing Diverse Communities. Her work with Fair and Impartial Policing was most recently highlighted by the Harvard Business Review (www.HBR.org) and she has been a featured speaker at MIT’s Sloan School of Management annual conference addressing implicit bias.

She has been an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Buffalo State College, Boston College, and Seattle University and most recently lectured on unconscious bias in policing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management. Ms. Laszlo holds a BA from John Carroll University and MA from Boston College. She is based in Washington DC.