Every woman can and should be a leader, especially in law enforcement. That was the resounding message Thursday during the Des Moines Police Department’s inaugural Women Without Limits Leadership Conference.
The all-day event was organized to further DMPD’s commitment to the national 30 by 30 Initiative, which seeks to increase the number of women in law enforcement to 30 percent by 2030. Around 100 women and men from across the force and different areas of law enforcement gathered together Thursday at the Fred Maytag II Scout Center in Des Moines to hear from a variety of speakers, including Zuleyma Mendez, the founder of local nonprofit Knock and Drop Iowa, Maj. Lillie Miller, the first Black woman to be promoted to major in DMPD history, and U.S. Sen. Jodi Ernst and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who both spoke via video.