LAI Exclusive: Seattle’s First African American Woman Chief of Police, Carmen Best

LAI Exclusive: Chief Carmen Best

We’re excited to share that Leading Authorities is now exclusively representing former Chief of Police of the Seattle, WA Police Department, Carmen Best, for lectures.

Proven insights on Diversity, Inclusion, and Leading Through Challenging Times

As communities throughout America grapple with how to better serve and protect their citizens while addressing racism and revamping policing procedures, Chief Best was seen as a champion and leader of reforms and equity.

In speeches, she shares how she led the Seattle Police Department (SPD) through these challenging and often polarizing times, as well as her strategies for effective, values-based leadership – including fostering an engaging environment of community, collaboration, and trust. Drawing on her experience diversifying the SPD, Chief Best also provides her lessons-learned on how to create a more diverse workforce and incorporate multiple viewpoints at any organization.

Legendary Leader of Change

Chief Best served with the Seattle Police Department for 28 years, where she rose through the ranks to become the first African American woman Chief of Police – managing roughly 2,000 employees before retiring in 2020.

Widely recognized for her contributions to community engagement, public safety, gender equity, diversity, and inclusion, as police chief she created the Collaborative Police Bureau, which encourages community partnerships; launched the nation’s first first-responder COVID-19 onsite testing; and led record-breaking women and diversity hiring and recruitment.


If you're interested in checking Chief Best’s speaking fees and availability for an upcoming date or if you would like to book her to speak at your next meeting or conference, contact our team today!

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