Keynote Speakers


Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, Durham, North Carolina

Chief Davis started her career at the Atlanta Police Department in February of 1986, until February 2014. Chief Davis accepted the Chief of Police position for Durham Police Department in June 2016.

Chief Davis has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, a master’s degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University and is currently a Northcentral University doctoral candidate in Business Administration.

Chief Davis is a graduate of many leadership programs including the 225th session of the FBI National Academy, PERF/Senior Management Institute for Police, Leadership Atlanta, Mercer University Public Safety Institute, Emergency Preparedness College, Anti-Defamation League and Advanced Leadership School.

Chief Davis currently sits as a national board member and officer of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and has served as Legislative Liaison for the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).


Julie Werhnyak, Tempe Police Department, Tempe, AZ (ret.)

Julie Werhnyak is a decorated police officer who proudly served 20 years before retiring from the Tempe, Arizona Police Department in 2016.

She was awarded the Police Cross, the Medal of Valor, and was named the 2015 Officer of the year and the 2013 Defensive Tactics Instructor of the Year.

Julie is a subject matter expert in Physical Fitness – certified trainer for the Federal Air Marshals and Adjunct Faculty Member for Rio Salado College. She is passionate about teaching and holds certificates in several areas including; Defensive Tactics, Force on Force, Firearms and Crisis Negotiations.

Julie is a board member for the National Emergency Responders Assistance Program that provides post critical incident care to all emergency first responders and their families.

A black belt in tae-kwon-do, Julie has practiced and taught martial arts for over 30 years and is a two time member of the United States National Tae-Kwon-Do Team.

Julie is the owner of Artemis Self Defense and is a sought after speaker and personal safety consultant trusted by global brands to design and deliver life changing presentations and interactive training that inspires change, challenges thinking and increases personal and professional safety.