Training: Law Enforcement Leadership Symposium – LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITY

Dates & Locations

When: August 14, 2023

Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Where: The Castleton Banquet & Concert Center

58 Enterprise Dr, Windham, NH




GSPCC is very excited to launch our inaugural Law Enforcement Leadership Symposium. The leadership symposium’s overarching theme is LEADING THROUGH ADVERSITY. Our mission is to gather current and future law enforcement leaders to learn from experienced leaders in how they navigated adversity by utilizing sound leadership strategies. This one-day event will feature a diverse array of speakers who have demonstrated leadership through difficult conditions and were successful on the other side.

Dr. Ruben Quesada, Police Chief Swampscott, MA
Tommy Amaker – Head Coach, Harvard Men’s Basketball
Helen Hanks, NH Commissioner of the Dept. of Corrections
Justin McKinney, Comedian
Governor Chris Sununu
Steve Murphy & Javier Peña – Retired DEA and Authors of: Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar

Keynote Speakers:
Agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy are retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Living examples of leading through adversity, Agents Peña and Murphy risked their lives to help the Columbian government pursue and ultimately take down Pablo Escobar. Agents Murphy and Peña were assigned to the Bloque de Búsqueda, the joint Colombian-U.S. taskforce created to end Escobar’s reign of terror. For eighteen months, between July 1992 and December 1993, Steve and Javier lived and worked beside Colombian authorities, finding themselves in the crosshairs of sicarios targeting them for the $300,000 bounty Escobar placed on each of their heads.

Undeterred, they risked the dangers, relentlessly and ruthlessly separating the drug lord from his resources and allies, and tearing apart his empire, leaving him underground and on the run from enemies on both sides of the law. Agents Peña and Murphy will take you on their journey and explain how they used sound leadership tactics to work with Columbian officials and ultimately bring justice for the Columbian people.

Itinerary: (order subject to change)

8:30am      to      9:00am:              Breakfast (provided) and Interaction with Vendors

9:00am      to      9:15am:              Posting of Colors/Tim Jones – Part 1 Opening Remarks

9:15am      to      9:45am:              Coach Tommy Amaker, Harvard University Men’s Basketball

9:45am      to      9:55am:              BREAK (Pics w/Coach Amaker)

9:55am      to     10:30am:            Dr. Ruben Quesada, Chief of Police-Swampscott, MA PD

10:35am    to     10:50am:            Words from our Vendors/Break

10:50am    to     11:25am:            Commissioner Helen Hanks, NH DOC

11:30am    to     12:30pm:            LUNCH (not provided-lunch option suggestions will be available)

Part 2

12:30pm    to     12:50pm:            Comedian Juston McKinney

12:50pm    to     1:00pm:              BREAK

1:00pm       to     1:30pm:              New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu

1:30pm       to    1:45pm:              BREAK (Pics w/Governor Sununu)

1:45pm       to    3:45pm:              Keynotes – Steve Murphy & Javier Peña (Retired DEA)

3:45pm       to    4:30pm:              Book Signing & Photos/Closing


Cancellation & Refund Policy

GSPCC has a 10-day cancellation policy. Any cancellations less than 10 days from the class start date will not be refunded. Because seating in our courses can be limited, we ask that all cancellations be made at least 10 days prior to the class start date.

We understand there may be exceptions due to unforeseen serious events. If your cancellation is due to a serious issue and is not within 10 days of the first day of the class, GSPCC staff will evaluate the circumstances and work with you on a refund.