Judy Pal

With more than 30 years’ experience, Judy Pal has served in management positions for police, private sector and the professional sports and entertainment industry in Canada and the U.S. Prior to embarking on a full-time teaching and consulting career she served as an Assistant Commissioner with the NYPD, Director of Operations for FBI-LEEDA, Chief of Staff with the Baltimore and Milwaukee Police Departments, and was a member of the command staff of the Atlanta, Savannah, and Halifax (Canada) police. She has conducted image and media training for thousands of police professionals during her more than two decades of work in law enforcement. She is also a regular contributing trainer at FBI Regional Command Colleges across the country. She has consulted for international police agencies in Canada, Chile and Trinidad and has taught and spoken at events across North America, Australia, Uruguay and Manilla. Pal is a past president of the National Information Officers Association, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and earned her Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University in Canada. She also spent five years in television news. She is seen as one of the preeminent police public relations professional in the country.

Eric Kowalczyk

Eric Kowalczyk is President of Strategia Consulting, a government relations, U.S. and international business relations and crisis communication firm based in Chicago, DuPage County and D.C. Strategia relationships are spread throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of The Politics of Crisis: An Insider’s Perspective to Prevent Public Policy Disasters. He has developed a national reputation as a dynamic and engaging public speaker. Specializing in crisis communication and leadership strategies, Eric draws on a vast background of real-world and teaching experience to bring a new modality of communicating to varied professional audiences. In addition to his role as a public speaker and educator, he works with clients specializing in critical incident mitigation, strategy development for crisis resolution, crisis communications, public affairs, municipal communications, internal/external communications strategy, and media relations/training.  Eric has trained more than 1,600 communications specialists in forty-one states and sixty-five cities across the country. He has presents at numerous national conferences and is a 2016 TedX BeaconStreet speaker. Retired after 15 years as a Captain with the Baltimore Police Department, he served as Director of Communications, for the BPD. Eric was at the forefront of the Freddie Gray Riots. Handling local, national, and international media, he focused on transparency and accountability to connect with an already distrustful public. Eric implemented and carried out a plan that was widely praised by media across the county as being responsive and understanding of community concerns.  Raised in New England, Eric is an avid football fan; he is also a devotee of philosophical studies, history and music.