Breaking the Blue Ceiling

Breaking the Blue Ceiling

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum invites you to engage with a high-profile panel of women and men in law enforcement to discuss the challenges of the recruitment of female officers, and the unique experiences that women face in their roles to serve and protect.

This program was made possible by Thomson Reuters.


Marcia Ferranto, Chief Executive Officer
National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum

Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Maggie Hassan, Senator, United States Senate, Washington D.C.


Director Regina Lombardo, Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)


James Dinkins, President, Thomson Reuters Special Services

Chief Melissa R. Hyatt, Baltimore County Police, Maryland

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Lynda Williams, National President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

Chief Kristen Ziman, Aurora Police Department, Illinois


Career Resources:

Police Departments

Baltimore County (MD) Police Department

Connecticut State Police

NYPD, New York

Madison (WI) Police Department

Milwaukee (WI) Police Department

Aurora (IL) Police Department

Federal Agencies

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Drug Enforcement Administration

Law Enforcement Associations

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)


Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Maggie Hassan
United States Senate, Washington D.C.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, Senator Maggie Hassan previously served as a State Senator and Governor of New Hampshire. She is only the second woman in American history to be elected as both a Governor and U.S. Senator.

The Senator’s top priority is working to keep Americans safe, secure, and free and is working to ensure that local law enforcement has the resources needed to keep our communities safe. Senator Hassan worked to secure significant federal funding for police and fire departments across the state that help pay for necessary equipment and additional staff.

As our country continues to grapple with the substance misuse crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Hassan is also focused on making sure that those on the front lines receive the support that they need to improve their mental and physical health. The Senator has cosponsored bipartisan legislation – that is now law – to establish suicide-prevention programs for law enforcement. She also cosponsored the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act, which helps ensure that families of first responders lost to COVID-19 receive line-of-duty benefits.



Director Regina Lombardo
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

Director Regina Lombardo is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) first female Acting Director. Previously, she served as the Acting Deputy Director, with Head of Agency responsibilities.

A member of the Senior Executive Service and an experienced law enforcement professional, Ms. Lombardo began her law enforcement career in 1992, as a special agent in the ATF Miami Field Division. Rising through the ranks at the ATF, she served in many management positions including Assistant Director of the Office of Human Resources and Professional Development; Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations’ Central Region; Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Field Division; Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division; Chief, ATF’s Leadership Institute; Group Supervisor for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force in Miami, Florida; and as Assistant ATF Country Attaché in Toronto, Canada.

Director Lombardo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and is a member of several organizations which include: Women in Federal Law Enforcement, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the Florida Sheriffs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Major City Chiefs Association.



James Dinkins
Thomson Reuters Special Services

Jim Dinkins is the President of Thomson Reuters Special Services (TRSS), a subsidiary of Thomson Reuters, with over 30 years of public and private sector experience in federal law enforcement and the banking industry. Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, Mr. Dinkins became the Chief of the Cornerstone and Financial Investigation Programs at the newly founded Department of Homeland Security. Later, he was responsible for establishing Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the nation’s second largest federal investigative component, and, as the head of HSI, oversaw the agency’s global national security and public safety efforts. After retiring from federal law enforcement in 2014, He joined TRSS as General Manager and since 2019 has led the organization as president. TRSS helps solves federal government and private sector customers critical mission challenges by combining unique data, expert analysis, and technology.

Mr. Dinkins has served on several advisory boards, to include Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and previously served as the Chairman for the World Customs Organization’s Enforcement Committee in Belgium.


Chief Melissa R. Hyatt
Baltimore County Police, Maryland

Chief Melissa R. Hyatt was sworn in as Baltimore County’s 14th Police Chief on June 17, 2019, bringing with her over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Baltimore Police Department. While at the Baltimore Police Department, her assignments included Chief of Staff to the Police Commissioner, Chief of Patrol, Chief of the Special Operations Division, and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). In 2018, she retired at the rank of Colonel to accept a position of Vice President for Security for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Hyatt holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware. She is a graduate of the 250th session of the FBI National Academy, and the Major Cities Chiefs Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI). She has been honored with numerous awards and citations, and holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Special Olympics and youth programs throughout the region.


Lynda Williams
National President
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

Lynda R. Williams, President of the National Order of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), is currently the Professor of the Practice at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration; with her appointment at MTSU in 2017, she became the first person with this title in recognition of her expertise in criminal justice and executive security.

In her role there, Ms. Williams’ curriculum includes foreign/domestic terrorism studies, criminal justice processes, community and public service engagement, and executive law enforcement leadership speaker symposiums. Prior to joining the faculty of MTSU, Ms. Williams led an accomplished career as a veteran of the United States Secret Service, from 1988 until she retired as the Deputy Assistant Director in 2017.

As President of NOBLE, Ms. Williams is focused on achieving the organization’s goals through a three- pillar platform on police reform, gun violence, and voter engagement.


Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw
Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Commissioner Danielle M. Outlaw stands at the helm of the nation’s 4th largest police department as the first African American woman to lead the Philadelphia Police Department. Prior to this position, she was the Chief of Portland, Oregon’s Bureau of Police, again as the first African American woman to hold that post. Commissioner Outlaw began her law enforcement career in Oakland, California, where she spent 20 years in service with the Oakland Police Department.

An active speaker on law enforcement leadership, including a TEDx Talk and numerous live presentations, Commissioner Outlaw has received numerous awards, including the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Gary P. Hayes Award, the Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Culture of Caring Award for Community Relations and Civic Engagement, and has been honored as a 2019 Marie Lamfrom Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Commissioner Outlaw earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.


Chief Kristen Ziman
Aurora Police Department, Illinois

Chief Kristen Ziman started as a Police Cadet at the Aurora Police Department in 1991. She became a sworn officer 1994 and worked in patrol, field training, community policing, and investigations as a domestic violence detective before being promoted to sergeant in 2003. She was promoted to lieutenant in 2008, to commander in 2010, and to chief of police in January of 2016.

Chief Ziman earned a bachelor’s degree from Aurora University, a master’s degree from Boston University, and another master’s degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School. She is a graduate of the 249th session of the FBI National Academy, Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).

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