Six chiefs came in total - from Raleigh, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville, Winston-Salem and Littleton.
"I sit before you a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault," said Chief Patrice Andrews from the Morrisville Police Department.
Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown of the Raleigh Police Department told the group of mostly young women that "they should always seek opportunities to learn." She also suggested young women be inspired by the national conversation.
We met a variety of chiefs tonight from @raleighpolice @DurhamPoliceNC @Morrisville_NC @TownofFV and several other towns speaking at @MeredithCollege. All women. Talking to crowd of almost all women. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/f2bVCLrkta— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) March 28, 2018
"We are in a profession that speaks to giving back - in trying to leave someone in a better place than you found them," Chief Deck-Brown said. "What better way to empower others and mentor others?"
Durham Chief CJ Davis also spoke of what it was like being a police officer now vs. when she got into the profession 30 years ago.
"I was ready for law enforcement back then," Chief Davis said. "But law enforcement wasn't quite ready to have that many women entering this field. It's vastly changed now. Being a police chief and being a female police chief, we can make sure we have balance opportunities and diversity within our departments. We all bring something important to the table."
Students packed Carswell Auditorium for the event.
Packed auditorium at @MeredithCollege for forum of female police chiefs. @DurhamPoliceNC and @raleighpolice chief on hand to talk to students and others about goals and work life balance. #abc11 pic.twitter.com/cov85Gq28X— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) March 27, 2018
"I thought it was very empowering and I really enjoyed it," said Cassie Faircloth, a Meredith College junior.
Olga Monroe, also a junior, felt inspired.
"I feel like it was really interesting to see these women - to see how they've gotten to their jobs," she said.