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Police and Community: Leading in Polarized Times, Featuring Seattle Police Chief, Carmen Best

  • Leadership Tomorrow 1301 5th Avenue, Suite 1500 Seattle, WA, 98101 United States (map)

Seattle Police Chief, Carmen Best, endured an interesting and highly political process to get to the position she's in today. Join us to hear what she's learned about herself and the community along the way, how she's building trust and engaging in tough conversations to bridge divided communities, and some of the challenges in policing and law enforcement today. 

The conversation will be moderated by award-winning author and journalist, Ruchika Tulshyan, LT'16. At the end of the conversation, there will be plenty of time for audience Q&A. Guests are welcome! This is a great way to introduce your friends and colleagues to LT.

Event Schedule:
5:30-6:00 PM: Networking, Drinks, Appetizers
6:00-7:00 PM: Program (including time for audience Q&A)

Tickets: $20-$50

In an effort to be more inclusive, we are offering a sliding scale for tickets.


Chief Carmen Best

Chief Carmen Best assumed the role of Chief of Police of the Seattle Police Department on August 13, 2018.  Chief Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 26 years. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section. 

Chief Best has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, and the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy. In 2015, she received the "Newsmaker of the Year" award from the Seattle Black Press. In 2016, Chief Best completed the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. She will receive her Master's in Criminal Justice Leadership from Northeastern University later this year. 

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Ruchika Tulshyan

Ruchika Tulshyan, LT’16, is the author of "The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace." She is an award-winning journalist and inclusion strategist. Ruchika is also Distinguished Professional-in-Residence at Seattle University's Communication Department.

Ruchika was named to the Thinkers50 2019 Radar, a global list of 30 emerging management thinkers. She is Co-Chair of the Seattle Women's Commission and a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow's class of 2016.

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Thank you to our generous event sponsor!