DISTRICT ATTORNEY SETH WILLIAMS RELEASES STATEMENT ON OFFICE SENSITIVITY TRAINING

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PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 23, 2015) – District Attorney Seth Williams and numerous other office supervisors and staff; including Frank Fina, Marc Costanza and Patrick Blessington attended a full day training seminar given by renown lecturer, author and President & CEO of Legacy Business Cultures, Paul Meshanko on Friday.

The training seminar was provided by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and was entitled “Connecting with Respect.” This training is considered the gold standard for all prosecutors and is extremely effective at helping to establish a culture at the top of any organization where respect and workplace civility are the primary focus.

Steven Jansen, the Chief Operating Officer of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys said, “We applaud District Attorney Williams’ leadership in bringing this training to his office and continuing to reinforce the ‘Respect’ training on Friday.”

Mr. Meshanko was impressed by the way District Attorney Williams and his team were involved during the training. He made the following observations:

“The entire team, including those involved with the recently publicized email issues, were extremely engaged and participative during Friday’s session.

“By exploring how blind spots, stereotypes and biases can lead to inappropriate actions and behaviors, both consciously and unconsciously, I believe the entire group is now much more aware of steps they can take to minimize the degree to which subtle demonstrations of sexism, racism and/or homophobia can taint the otherwise outstanding work done by your office.

“Nobody is perfect all the time. By working on individual action plans for behavior change, I think your team members have also demonstrated a great deal of personal accountability for owning their own improvement efforts.

“The Code of Cooperation exercise completed at the end of the day sets a very high standard for the expectations that the team members will hold one another accountable for going forward.

“You have a very strong, capable team. My professional opinion is that past issues have been effectively dealt with and that everyone is emerging with a greater level of personal awareness and resolve to do better in the future. While keeping in mind the important lessons learned, it’s time to move on and tackle the more pressing issues and work your office is performing for the City of Philadelphia.”

District Attorney Seth Williams praised the training, “The training was excellent and I know our entire office benefited from the instruction that was provided. Influencing culture in our office starts at the top and I plan to continue this type of training in the future.

“As it relates to Frank Fina, Mark Constanza and Patrick Blessington, I know that they found this training seminar as instructional and helpful as I did. Frank, Mark and Patrick are great prosecutors who clearly made a big mistake. They have learned from their mistakes. This training along with continued reinforcement and supervision will allow us to move the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office forward and do what we do best – work to make the city a safer and more honest place to live, work and raise a family.”

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