Day 1 - June 8, 2021

11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Exhibit Hall Open

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11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Opening Remarks & Keynote: How to Change the World, a Practical Guide

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The Association's CEO, Jim Tedford, will kick off the conference from 11:30 - 12:00 noon ET.

Keynote by Dex Hunter-Torricke: 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Never in history have so many people had the power to give back to the world. But changing the world is hard, and most change-makers spend their lives struggling to achieve their full potential. What common lessons can we learn from the most successful leaders and organizations at the heart of global change? Dex Hunter-Torricke, adviser for more than a decade to leaders from the United Nations, Google, Facebook and other global pioneers, presents some of the most powerful and surprising insights from his career that can offer a practical guide for all of us to use as we take on the world.

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Speaker(s)

Dex Hunter-Torricke, The Oversight Board

1:00pm - 1:10pm EDT
Break

1:10pm - 2:10pm EDT
Panel Discussion: Early Reports from the Field on DEI and How to Talk about This Stuff

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Panel: Shannon Martin Roebuck, DEI Committee Survey Chair & Capital Humane Society; Maria Morukian, MSM Global Consulting; Zimife Umeh, MSM Global Consulting 

Facilitators: Johnny Jenkins, The JyOba! Project, and Amanda Arrington, HSUS

Our belief that the animal welfare mission needs to be fueled by opportunity for and access to all prompted The Association’s DEI committee formation in 2019, led by Amanda Arrington and Johnny Jenkins. Our DEI committee continues its work to ascertain benchmarking for diversity, equity, and inclusion in animal welfare through a robust, industry-wide survey and one-on-one interviews. Panelists will share early takeaways from our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare research conducted by MSM Global, the consultancy leading The Association’s DEI work. This panel will also discuss the urgent need to address DEI in animal welfare, share preliminary benchmarking data, and explore ways for members to get involved in helping us make sustainable progress.

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Speaker(s)

Amanda Arrington,

Johnny L. Jenkins Jr.,

Shannon Martin-Roebuck,

Maria Morukian,

​Zimife Umeh,

2:10pm - 3:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall Open

3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Shelter Medicine Track: Spayathon for Puerto Rico: Lessons and Data from 50,000 Surgeries

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Puerto Rico, already challenged with significant pet overpopulation including 90% euthanasia rates in shelters, was further devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. In the wake of Maria, a coalition of 26 organizations led by the Humane Society of the United States collaborated to bring high-quality high-volume spay neuter (HQHVSN) to Puerto Rico. Data collected from 50,000+ HQHVSN surgeries reveals the incredible need for access to spay/neuter and demonstrates that high standards and low complications are achievable in MASH settings. By providing thorough training in HQHVSN processes and techniques to local organizations and veterinarians, combined with enthusiastic community support and inspiration of future generations, Spayathon has laid the foundation for long term, sustainable efforts in HQHVSN across Puerto Rico. 

The coalition created a complete guidebook and compilation of protocols to help organizations and individuals to replicate this work in other locations – you’ll have access to these resources. Learn about Spayathon for Puerto Rico and be inspired!


This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 

This live session only is approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE. After you attend the live session IN FULL (at least 50 minutes), you will receive a link to submit your RACE-required credentials. The recording is NOT approved for RACE CEs so be sure to attend live!

Speaker(s)

Dr. Jennifer Bolser,

​Dr. Julie Levy,

​Dr. Ruth Parkin,

3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Fundraising Track: Inclusive, Effective Fundraising & Marketing

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Learn from two different organizations working in the same city on how they approach fundraising and how they're ensuring their communications represent and inspire Atlanta. You'll hear about different fundraising opportunities, including grassroots fundraising, campaigns, giving days, and galas. See how these two organizations approach diversity and inclusion in their marketing materials, messaging, storytelling, audience engagement, and tough conversations with supporters.

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 CFRE CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Speaker(s)

​Heather Friedman,

Christina Hill,

3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Field Services Track: How Managed Intake Positively Changed Emergency Response for LA County Animal Control

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Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control operates one of the largest shelter systems in the United States. Seven animal care centers serve more than 3 million residents over a 4,000 square mile geographic area. When COVID-19 hit, the Department quickly pivoted its operations from open admissions to managed intake, engaging the community by providing resources and information. Animal Control Officers were on the frontlines of this shift, interfacing with the community daily, while also observing COVID guidelines to safely respond to cruelty cases, dangerous dog complaints, and a record number of wildfires. Learn how managed intake changed emergency response in LA County and how to implement similar changes using a DEI approach to engage your community.

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Speaker(s)

​Lisa Eldridge, LA County Dept. of AC&C

Paul Maradiaga, LA County Dept. of AC&C

3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Admin Track: Adopting a Feline Approach to Strategic Planning

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Sponsored by 24PetWatch

Why bother with strategic planning when pandemics, rapid changes in technology, and fluctuations in community demand render your plans obsolete before the ink dries? This session will explore why it still makes sense to plan. You will learn why the planning process matters more than the plan itself. You will come away with strategies for creating and implementing a plan that’s as exciting, agile, alert, and flexible as your favorite feline.  

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 CFRE CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Speaker(s)

Jan F. Brazzell, PhD, ACFRE,

4:15pm - 5:00pm EDT
Unmuted Sessions

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  • Pandemic Response: Operations Topics
  • Crisis Response: Fundraising Topics - Sponsored by Phoenix Innovate
  • BIPOC Conversation & Safe Space - Sponsored by Maddie’s Fund

Learn more about the Unmuted Sessions.

5:05pm - 6:00pm EDT
Happy Hour

Dog Trivia Happy Hour with Hill's Pet Nutrition