Check out the 2018 WWICJJ program!

Click here to view the 2018 WWICJJ National Conference program.

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This 40-page document chronicles the 2018 conference schedule, keynote speakers, breakout speakers and reveals the Hyatt Regency floor plan.

You can also learn about the 2018 WWICJJ Planning Committee, read special welcome letters, view special acknowledgements, learn about the WWICJJ sponsors and much much more!



Learn about the 2018 WWICJJ charity, Women’s Empowerment

Women's Empowerment

At each #WWICJJ conference, a silent auction is held to raise funds for an amazing charity. This year we have selected Women’s Empowerment, a Sacramento-based non-profit that educates and empowers women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.

The mission of Women’s Empowerment is to educate and empower women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.

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Located in Sacramento, California, Women’s Empowerment’s mission was created by homeless women expressing their needs and a community coming together with the desire to end homelessness—for good.

Women’s Empowerment’s executive director and founder, Lisa Culp, was working at Sacramento Loaves & Fishes when the idea formed. Lisa watched homeless mothers raising their children on the streets. She watched those children grow up, still homeless, to become mothers of new babies born into homelessness. She knew there must be a solution to this cycle of poverty.

Working with focus groups at Loaves & Fishes, Lisa listened to women share their stories and their needs. In 2001, she worked with community leaders to create Women’s Empowerment, which proved to be an immediately successful solution in ending the cycle of poverty.

In 2004, Women’s Empowerment became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Since then, the team has grown to include a board and staff with deep knowledge of the homeless community’s needs, and hundreds of volunteer teachers and mentors—all of whom donate countless hours of their time to ensuring that homeless women successfully rise out of poverty.

Since their inception, Women’s Empowerment has served 1,503 women and more than 3,500 children. In 2017, 92% of women regained a safe home for their children and 77% of women secured a job or enrolled in school/training.

In May 2009, they were named Nonprofit of the Year by the Nonprofit Resource Center. This is one of the highest honors a nonprofit can receive in the Sacramento region.

In 2014, Women’s Empowerment was awarded Organization of the Year at the inaugural Women’s Appreciation Awards by Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly member Roger Dickinson.

In 2015, Women’s Empowerment was featured on The Today Show’s “Hope To It” as a national model to end homelessness.

In 2016, they were featured on CNN’s Impact Your World.

Last year they were named a California Nonprofit of the Year by Assembly member Kevin McCarty. Governor Jerry Brown chose Women’s Empowerment as the site of his Women’s Caucus bill package signing ceremony.

Learn more about Women”s Empowerment at:


How to become a sponsor

We are very excited and honored to be the host state for the next Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice (WWICJJ) national conference. Hosted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, the conference will be held October 14-17, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L Street in Sacramento.

The first WWICJJ national conference was in 1985 and is held every even-numbered year in a different state. The theme of the 2018 conference is “Transcend.” Workshops will be held to address organizational transformation and speakers will provide training to help women transcend gender-related occupational barriers and become effective leaders. We are expecting a large, enthusiastic crowd of corrections and juvenile justice professionals from across the United States to attend and share in the WWICJJ experience.

The WWICJJ 2018 national conference is open to all women who work in the corrections and juvenile justice professions in any discipline, including peace officers, health care providers, administrators and executives and will feature workshops, training, exhibits and opportunities for networking. We would greatly appreciate your participation and support of the 2018 WWICJJ national conference. We have many activities planned to support vendor/conference participant interaction and are anticipating an exciting event.

You can participate in the conference by:

  • Becoming a Napa Valley, Chef’s, or Entertainment Sponsor to receive special sponsorship recognition
  • Sponsoring or co-sponsoring a planned event, speaker or workshop
  • Advertising on our website

You can fill out a sponsor/exhibitor form online.

Please feel free to contact John Prelip at (916) 662-6745 or e-mail at for further information.

Thank you for your support!  We look forward to seeing you in our capital city in the beautiful State of California October 14-17, 2018.

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