On Thursday, September 10 at 12:30pm, join CapTech and YWCA Central Carolinas for our YWomenVote: A Non-Partisan Conversation on Safety panel discussion. Our panelists include Catherine Beane of YWCA USA and Chief Deputy Estella Patterson of CMPD. CapTech’s Elena Broscious will be moderating the discussion.
Catherine Beane, VP of Public Policy & Advocacy at YWCA USA
Catherine Beane is vice president of public policy and advocacy at YWCA USA, where she leads the YWCA advocacy department’s efforts to impact legislation and policy related to racial justice and civil rights, women’s empowerment and economic advancement, and women’s health and safety. Catherine has more than two decades of experience addressing equity issues in public policy and legal settings. Most recently, she addressed gender equity, school discipline, and student achievement issues for the National Education Association, and served as the policy director for the Children’s Defense Fund.
Catherine began her career providing direct service as a trial attorney representing indigent youth and adults in juvenile and criminal proceedings. She earned her B.A. from Emory University, and her J.D. from Catholic University of America. Outside of the office, Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and four sons, voraciously follows national politics, and cooks a mean pot of gumbo.
Deputy Cheif Estella Patterson, CMPD
Deputy Chief Estella Patterson is a Deputy Chief with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. She has been a member of CMPD since 1996, serving in several positions from patrol officer to division commander to recruitment director and Internal Affairs commander. She was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in April 2019 and currently oversees the Administrative Services Group, which includes the Police Training Academy.
Deputy Chief Patterson obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Session 245 of the FBI National Academy. She is the VP of the Greater Charlotte Chapter of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives).
Aside from serving her community as a public safety professional, Deputy Chief Patterson served her country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1996-2005. Her service included 2 combat tours to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian and Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. She is a two-time recipient of the Army Commendation medal for meritorious service.
Elena Broscious, Moderator
Elena Broscious is a Principal, Marketing & Operations at CapTech. She is an accomplished leader known for developing innovative strategies and best-in-class product solutions that delight customers. Her experience spans tech delivery, risk management, supply chain optimization, and product management; having driven $1B+ in value generation across her career. Elena has a passion for coaching and development, and is known for fostering innovation, creativity, and collaboration.
Elena enjoys going to the mountains with her husband and three girls. She studied Renewable Energy at James Madison University and holds an M.S. in Program Management from The George Washington University. She will be moderating the YWomenVote Series: A Non-Partisan Conversation on Safety conversation.