OVU’s mission is to provide a platform for Correctional Officers and professional staff to have their voices heard and their concerns addressed in the ongoing debates over reforming our correctional system.

Our annual event "Elevating Our Profession" was created to do just that while honoring, inspiring and celebrating the corrections profession. 

This year's event takes place April 24th to 26th in Chicago, IL. Below you can register to attend, find the schedule overview and details about travel and accommodations. 

Should you have any questions please email [email protected].

Schedule Overview and Event Registration

While there is no fee to attend any of the sessions at Elevating Our Profession, we do ask individuals to register for sessions they will be attending as seating is limited.

  • Welcome Reception

    Welcome Reception

    Wed, April 24
    7- 9pm
    Start the event off right by attending the Elevating Our Profession Welcome Reception, where you'll reconnect with past participants and meet new ones. Light fare and beverages will be served.

  • Programming Sessions

    Programming Sessions

    Thursday, April 25 (full day) and Friday, April 26 (half day)

    These sessions will include programming focused on:
    - staff recruitment and retention with presentations from those studying the future of work
    - staff wellness featuring a newly released wellness pilot report and participating practitioners
    - workshops on storytelling and narrative change

  • National Medal of Honor Reception  + Awards Ceremony

    National Medal of Honor Reception + Awards Ceremony

    Fri, April 26
    6 - 10pm
    The nation's premier event honoring the correctional officers, supervisors and staff who have gone above and beyond. The evening commences with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the awards ceremony.

Hotel + Travel


Elevating Our Profession is taking place in Downtown Chicago at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Chicago Downtown - Wolf Point. It's located at the center of River North, Fulton Market, and The Loop. Just steps from the Chicago Riverwalk and the Magnificent Mile. Explore more here. 

One Voice United has a special rate room block for attendees at the hotel. You can make reservations online or over the phone. Reservations must be made by April 4 to secure the special rate.

Online Reservations: This is the recommended method. Click here to secure a room in OVU's room block.

Phone Reservations: Call Dwight Jamber in reservations at 312-529-1113 and reference One Voice United's Elevating Our Profession conference.

Hotel Location: 350 W Wolf Point Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654


There are two airport options when flying in for the event - Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). 

By checking the box above, I am confirming I would like my donation to be anonymous and not be included in the event's printed program as a supporter of OVU.

National Medal of Honor

The One Voice United National Medal of Honor seeks to promote excellence in the field of Corrections by recognizing the brave individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty while protecting public safety. Awardees are selected through a national nomination process. Nominations for this year's award have now closed. Honorees will be recognized at this year's event on Friday, April  26. Register above to attend.

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