Michele Bowman

Manager of Public Affairs and Community Engagement
Leesburg Police Department

Michele Bowman is a communications, public relations, public affairs, and community engagement professional based in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. She has over 20 years of communication and community engagement experience in the law enforcement field.

Michele currently serves as the Manager of Public Affairs and Community Engagement for the Leesburg Police Department in Leesburg, Virginia.

In addition to serving as a point person with local, national, and international media, Michele facilitates information exchange between the Leesburg Police Department and those who live, work, and visit the area. Before joining the agency, Michele spent almost four years as the Manager of Media Relations with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and 17 years with the Frederick Police Department, working as a Public Information Officer and Community Outreach Coordinator.

Michele’s expertise includes developing, implementing, and maintaining communications and outreach strategies and media relations plans; leading community meetings; coordinating outreach events; and serving as an agency spokesperson.

Michele has a Master of Science in Communication and Media Studies from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Maryland.  She has also completed the FEMA Master Public Information Officer Program and is one of 150 individuals in the United States with the Master Public Information Officer designation.  

Michele Bowman’s Session

8:45 a.m.–9:30 a.m. PT — Thursday, April 11, 2024

Unlocking Creativity: Mastering Canva for Impactful Visual Communication

Canva is a versatile and user-friendly graphic design platform that empowers individuals, businesses, and organizations to create stunning visual content without requiring extensive design skills. Launched in 2013, Canva has become the go-to tool for professionals and amateurs alike seeking to produce engaging graphics, presentations, social media posts, and more. With its intuitive drag-and-drop interface, a vast library of customizable templates, and an extensive collection of high-quality images, fonts, and design elements, Canva simplifies the design process and enables users to bring their creative visions to life effortlessly.

One of Canva's key strengths lies in its accessibility available as both a web application and a mobile app, it allows users to create, edit, and collaborate on designs seamlessly across various devices. The platform has become particularly popular among public safety professionals due to its cost-effective approach to design. Canva's commitment to democratizing design is evident in its mission to empower individuals worldwide to design anything, and its continuous updates and features ensure that it remains at the forefront of the graphic design landscape, catering to the diverse needs of its ever-expanding user base.

In this tutorial-style session, you’ll learn: 

  • What is Canva?
  • Canva Free versus Canva Pro
  • Navigating Canva like a champ
  • Tips & tricks for creating engaging and unique content
  • Timesaving design shortcuts and templates every public safety professional should be using
  • Wait, there’s more – noteworthy apps to push your designs even further
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