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  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 09/24/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    The DEI Ambassador Program encompasses pre-work, a virtual orientation meeting, an in-person 3-day training, two (post-training) virtual learning sessions, and an opportunity for individual coaching.

    Western Location TBA Cohort, September 4-6, 2024

    The DEI Ambassador Program encompasses pre-work, a virtual orientation meeting, an in-person 3-day training, two (post-training) virtual learning sessions, and an opportunity for individual coaching.

    Participants will gain knowledge and awareness of the importance of DEI in animal welfare, and skills for presenting on DEI to colleagues in the field and navigating challenging conversations. This program is cohort-based, bringing together a group of participants to learn with and from each other as a community.

    Ambassadors will receive learning resources and facilitation guides customized to address the specific DEI needs of the field identified in the 2021 State of DEI in Animal Welfare Audit. Participants will help their animal welfare organizations continue to serve as leaders of DEI in the animal welfare community overall and chart the course for other AWOs to follow.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Deepen knowledge and skills related to DEI and animal welfare.
    • Develop skills for leading trainings or presentations on DEI.
    • Learn tools for facilitating challenging classroom situations.
    • Practice leading DEI conversations and training activities for animal welfare workforce.

     Important Dates:

    • Applications Close:  July 23, 2024
    • Orientation:  August 20, 2024 12pm-1pm, ET
    • In-Person Training: Wednesday September 4-6, 2024 (travel 9/3 and 9/7) - location TBA
    • Webinar 1: Tuesday September 24 2024 12p-1pm ET
    • Webinar 2: Tuesday October 22, 2024 12pm-1pm ET 
    • Coaching Deadline: Friday October 25, 2024

    Facilitators:

    - Jasmin M. Robinson, Director of DEI Initiatives, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
    - Maria Morukian, Founder & President, MSM Global Consulting


    All participants will enjoy full scholarships, including travel and accommodations. Click on the REGISTER button above to enroll in this program and complete the scholarship application.

    Prerequisite Criteria:

    • Basic knowledge and skills related to DEI.
    • Can define core concepts and their importance for animal welfare.
    • Has some experience engaging in constructive conversations with people who come from different backgrounds, ideologies, and perspectives.
    • Has an understanding of how biases can impact decisions and actions.
    • Experience in public speaking, training, presentations preferred.
    • Availability to participate fully in the pre and post program activities as well as the in-person training program.
    • Willingness and desire to facilitate a minimum of two DEI dialogues, activities or training sessions in their region within the first year of completing the program.
    • Represents an organization with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within its ranks and in its community.

    Required Commitments from Ambassadors:

    • Participate in program kickoff webinar.
    • Complete pre-work assignments prior to in-person training program.
    • Participate fully in a three day in-person program.
    • Participate in 3 follow up webinars.
    • Participate in a one hour 1:1 coaching session with DEI facilitator.

    Commitments from Ambassadors’ Supervisors:

    • Provide the time necessary (8 hours or more) of time during work hours. for participants to complete pre-program assignments.
    • Provide travel and lodging funding for participants to engage in the 3-day program. Scholarship funds can be made available.
    • Provide a minimum 40 hours of professional development time for participants to engage in the program plus adequate travel time for participants to participate fullY for 3 full days.
    • Provide adequate time during work hours for group calls with cohort post-training.
    • Provide adequate work time (or 4 days) for participants to lead DEI training activities at your animal welfare organization or other AWOs in the region.

    All participants will enjoy full scholarships, including travel and accommodations. Click on the REGISTER button above to enroll in this program and complete the scholarship application.

    On the application, you will be asked to explain your interest in and experience with DEI, as well as an example of how you handled a conflict invovling a DEI issue.

    Hosted by

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    Maria Morukian

    President and Founder

    MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian, the president of MSM Global Consulting, has twenty years of experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence. Maria hosts a podcast on critical DEI issues called Culture Stew. She is author of the book, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace and co-author of ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development.

    Jasmin Robinson

    Director of DEI Initiatives

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jasmin M. Robinson is The Association's Director of DEI Initiatives. She is also the CEO and Founder of I.D.E.A.L. Education, LLC., and a consultant with MSM Global Consulting. She has over 10 years of experience leading efforts to foster and maintain inclusive work environments that welcome, embrace, empower, and celebrate people. She is actively pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/23/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this DEI Executive Leadership Class, you will engage in self-reflection, create a roadmap for making DEI a strategic goal in your organization, and identify skills leaders need to model.

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    A four-hour accelerated workshop for leaders working towards an equitable and just profession.

    In this executive level leadership online workshop, you will work together as a cohort of committed leaders. You will engage in self-reflection, create a roadmap for making DEI a strategic goal in your organization, and identify the core skills leaders need to model.

    Workshop Objectives:

    • Define concepts of DEI and impact on animal welfare
    • Examine our DEI Journey Maps and share with others
    • Practice calling in conversations and how to foster open communication 
    • Strategize new ways to incorporate DEI practices throughout your organization 
    • Craft a 90-day action plan for the top three things you can do that would advance DEI in your organization

    While we recognize the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion from multiple levels of an organization, this course is specifically designed to support leaders, including executives, C-level staff, directors of municipal animal services, and board members.

    • Workshop takes place online 1pm - 5pm ET on Monday, September 23
    • This Zoom experience will not be recorded.
    • Virtual break rooms will be used for small group activities and reflection.
    • This course requires pre-work. Additional details will be provided after registration, however, we ask that leaders interested in this course commit to up to 3 hours of pre-work before our scheduled session. 
    • Participants who complete the course will receive a printable certificate of completion and access to office hours from Maria Morukian and Jasmin M. Robinson. 

    Presenters:

    - Jasmin M. Robinson, Director of DEI Initiatives, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
    - Maria Morukian, Founder & President, MSM Global Consulting


    Low-cost registration fees have been made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

    • $19 for Professional and Student members of The Association 
    • $39 for Learning Members
    • $99 for Industry Partners

    Become a member of The Association and save big.

    If your organization has a financial hardship that makes paying for this training difficult, please contact us at learning@theaawa.org to inquire about scholarships.

    Very limited seats available. Please register by Friday, September 13.


    This online workshop has been pre-approved for:

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

    Jasmin Robinson

    Director of DEI Initiatives

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jasmin M. Robinson is The Association's Director of DEI Initiatives. She is also the CEO and Founder of I.D.E.A.L. Education, LLC., and a consultant with MSM Global Consulting. She has over 10 years of experience leading efforts to foster and maintain inclusive work environments that welcome, embrace, empower, and celebrate people. She is actively pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.

    Maria Morukian

    President and Founder

    MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian, the president of MSM Global Consulting, has twenty years of experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence. Maria hosts a podcast on critical DEI issues called Culture Stew. She is author of the book, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace and co-author of ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 06/25/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    The DEI Ambassador Program encompasses pre-work, a virtual orientation meeting, an in-person 3-day training, two (post-training) virtual learning sessions, and an opportunity for individual coaching.

    Denver, Colorado Cohort, June 4-6, 2024

    The DEI Ambassador Program encompasses pre-work, a virtual orientation meeting, an in-person 3-day training, two (post-training) virtual learning sessions, and an opportunity for individual coaching.

    Participants will gain knowledge and awareness of the importance of DEI in animal welfare, and skills for presenting on DEI to colleagues in the field and navigating challenging conversations. This program is cohort-based, bringing together a group of participants to learn with and from each other as a community.

    Ambassadors will receive learning resources and facilitation guides customized to address the specific DEI needs of the field identified in the 2021 State of DEI in Animal Welfare Audit. Participants will help their animal welfare organizations continue to serve as leaders of DEI in the animal welfare community overall and chart the course for other AWOs to follow.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Deepen knowledge and skills related to DEI and animal welfare.
    • Develop skills for leading trainings or presentations on DEI.
    • Learn tools for facilitating challenging classroom situations.
    • Practice leading DEI conversations and training activities for animal welfare workforce.

     Important Dates:

    • Applications Close: Tuesday April 16, 2024
    • Orientation: Tuesday May 21, 2024, 12pm-1pm, ET
    • In-Person Training: June 4-6, 2024 (travel 6/3 and 6/7) Denver, CO
    • Webinar 1: June 25, 12pm-1pm ET
    • Webinar 2: July 16, 12pm-1pm ET
    • Coaching Deadline: Friday July 26, 2024

    Facilitators:

    - Jasmin M. Robinson, Director of DEI Initiatives, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
    - Maria Morukian, Founder & President, MSM Global Consulting


    All participants will enjoy full scholarships, including travel and accommodations. Click on the REGISTER button above to enroll in this program and complete the scholarship application.

    Prerequisite Criteria:

    • Basic knowledge and skills related to DEI.
    • Can define core concepts and their importance for animal welfare.
    • Has some experience engaging in constructive conversations with people who come from different backgrounds, ideologies, and perspectives.
    • Has an understanding of how biases can impact decisions and actions.
    • Experience in public speaking, training, presentations preferred.
    • Availability to participate fully in the pre and post program activities as well as the in-person training program.
    • Willingness and desire to facilitate a minimum of two DEI dialogues, activities or training sessions in their region within the first year of completing the program.
    • Represents an organization with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within its ranks and in its community.

    Required Commitments from Ambassadors:

    • Participate in program kickoff webinar.
    • Complete pre-work assignments prior to in-person training program.
    • Participate fully in a three day in-person program.
    • Participate in 3 follow up webinars.
    • Participate in a one hour 1:1 coaching session with DEI facilitator.

    Commitments from Ambassadors’ Supervisors:

    • Provide the time necessary (8 hours or more) of time during work hours. for participants to complete pre-program assignments.
    • Provide travel and lodging funding for participants to engage in the 3-day program. Scholarship funds can be made available.
    • Provide a minimum 40 hours of professional development time for participants to engage in the program plus adequate travel time for participants to participate fullY for 3 full days.
    • Provide adequate time during work hours for group calls with cohort post-training.
    • Provide adequate work time (or 4 days) for participants to lead DEI training activities at your animal welfare organization or other AWOs in the region.

    All participants will enjoy full scholarships, including travel and accommodations. Click on the REGISTER button above to enroll in this program and complete the scholarship application.

    On the application, you will be asked to explain your interest in and experience with DEI, as well as an example of how you handled a conflict invovling a DEI issue.

    Hosted by

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    Maria Morukian

    President and Founder

    MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian, the president of MSM Global Consulting, has twenty years of experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence. Maria hosts a podcast on critical DEI issues called Culture Stew. She is author of the book, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace and co-author of ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development.

    Jasmin Robinson

    Director of DEI Initiatives

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jasmin M. Robinson is The Association's Director of DEI Initiatives. She is also the CEO and Founder of I.D.E.A.L. Education, LLC., and a consultant with MSM Global Consulting. She has over 10 years of experience leading efforts to foster and maintain inclusive work environments that welcome, embrace, empower, and celebrate people. She is actively pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/08/2024 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn what is expected of an expert witness in an animal cruelty or custody case.

    Three legal experts will discuss:

    • the role of the animal expert in court proceedings, including testimony in court as well as advising and educating attorneys
    • preparation for testimony, including cross-examination
    • best practices for the forensic witness
    • war stories and current trends

    This session will reduce the fear of the unknown and instill confidence in testifying by explaining what is expected of an expert witness and outline things one should and should not do on the stand.  Veterinarians often are especially reluctant to become involved with cruelty cases because of the fear of testifying in what they consider a potential adversarial situation and may feel they must make the entire case or speak in absolutes.

    Who should attend: veterinarians, animal control officers, anyone who may engage in an animal cruelty or custody investigation and be asked to testify as an expert.

    Speakers:

    • Don Cocek, APA Fellow, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
    • Gillian Deegan, Prosecutor, Botetourt County, Virginia
    • Melinda Merck, DVM, Veterinary Forensics Consulting

    This webinar is presented in cooperation with the Companion Animal Law Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and has been pre-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)

    Don Cocek

    APA Fellow

    Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

    Don Cocek’s legal career at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office spanned 32 years. He was the Supervising City Attorney in charge of both the Animal Protection Unit and the Code Enforcement Unit. Don prosecuted hundreds of cases from the spcaLA, LA Animal Services, CA & US Fish & Wildlife, and other agencies involving animal cruelty, animal neglect, and violations dealing with protected species. He trained humane, animal control and police officers, and veterinarians in the investigation of and in the trial skills needed to prosecute animal related cases. Don is a fellow at the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, is a member of APA’s Animal Cruelty Advisory Committee, teaches Trial Advocacy, and has been on the faculty at APA’s National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conferences. In May 2014, Don received the first ever APA Prosecutor of the Year Award.

    Gillian Deegan

    Prosecutor

    Botetourt County, Virginia

    Gillian Deegan is the Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Botetourt County VA where she is responsible for prosecuting all of the animal cruelty and neglect cases in her county.  She worked as a Contract Attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and was on the faculty of the North American Veterinary Community’s Animal CSI Certificate Program.  She sat on the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association and was Vice President of the Virginia Animal Fighting Task Force.  She is on the faculty of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and is a member of their Animal Cruelty Advisory Committee. 

    Jill is the Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Botetourt County Virginia, where she has worked as a prosecutor for 20 years. She has worked in the Virginia Criminal Justice System for over 30 years and has specialized in animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions.

    Melinda Merck, DVM

    Founder

    Veterinary Forensics Consulting

    Dr. Melinda Merck is the owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas. Her background includes private practice and shelter medicine. She provides expert case consultations and testimony. Dr. Merck provides training nationally and internationally on the use of veterinary forensics in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases and the link to crimes against humans.

    Dr. Merck is the learning facilitator of the AAHA Forensic Process for Veterinarians and course coordinator for the VetFolio Veterinary Forensics online certificate courses. She is an affiliate member of the WSAVA One Health Committee and was the founding chair of the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. Dr. Merck is the editor and contributing author of the textbook, Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigation and a contributing author of other textbooks on the subject veterinary forensics and animal cruelty investigations.

     She has developed veterinary forensics courses for veterinary schools and frequently lectures at veterinary and law colleges. She serves on the Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s Animal Cruelty Advisory Council and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Committee.


  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 04/30/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    The DEI Ambassador Program encompasses pre-work, a virtual orientation meeting, an in-person 3-day training, two (post-training) virtual learning sessions, and an opportunity for individual coaching.

    Atlanta, Georgia Cohort, April 9-11, 2024

    The DEI Ambassador Program encompasses pre-work, a virtual orientation meeting, an in-person 3-day training, two (post-training) virtual learning sessions, and an opportunity for individual coaching.

    Participants will gain knowledge and awareness of the importance of DEI in animal welfare, and skills for presenting on DEI to colleagues in the field and navigating challenging conversations. This program is cohort-based, bringing together a group of participants to learn with and from each other as a community.

    Ambassadors will receive learning resources and facilitation guides customized to address the specific DEI needs of the field identified in the 2021 State of DEI in Animal Welfare Audit. Participants will help their animal welfare organizations continue to serve as leaders of DEI in the animal welfare community overall and chart the course for other AWOs to follow.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Deepen knowledge and skills related to DEI and animal welfare.
    • Develop skills for leading trainings or presentations on DEI.
    • Learn tools for facilitating challenging classroom situations.
    • Practice leading DEI conversations and training activities for animal welfare workforce.

     Important Dates:

    • Applications Close: Tuesday March 12, 2024
    • Orientation: Tuesday March 26, 2024 12pm-1pm, ET
    • In-Person Training: April 9-11, 2024 in Atlanta, GA
    • Webinar 1: April 30, 2024 12pm-1pm ET
    • Webinar 2: May 14, 2024 12pm-1pm ET
    • Coaching Deadline: Wednesday May 22, 2024

    Facilitators:

    - Jasmin M. Robinson, Director of DEI Initiatives, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
    - Maria Morukian, Founder & President, MSM Global Consulting


    All participants will enjoy full scholarships, including travel and accommodations. Click on the REGISTER button above to enroll in this program and complete the scholarship application.

    Prerequisite Criteria:

    • Basic knowledge and skills related to DEI.
    • Can define core concepts and their importance for animal welfare.
    • Has some experience engaging in constructive conversations with people who come from different backgrounds, ideologies, and perspectives.
    • Has an understanding of how biases can impact decisions and actions.
    • Experience in public speaking, training, presentations preferred.
    • Availability to participate fully in the pre and post program activities as well as the in-person training program.
    • Willingness and desire to facilitate a minimum of two DEI dialogues, activities or training sessions in their region within the first year of completing the program.
    • Represents an organization with a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within its ranks and in its community.

    Required Commitments from Ambassadors:

    • Participate in program kickoff webinar.
    • Complete pre-work assignments prior to in-person training program.
    • Participate fully in a three day in-person program.
    • Participate in 3 follow up webinars.
    • Participate in a one hour 1:1 coaching session with DEI facilitator.

    Commitments from Ambassadors’ Supervisors:

    • Provide the time necessary (8 hours or more) of time during work hours. for participants to complete pre-program assignments.
    • Provide travel and lodging funding for participants to engage in the 3-day program. Scholarship funds can be made available.
    • Provide a minimum 40 hours of professional development time for participants to engage in the program plus adequate travel time for participants to participate fullY for 3 full days.
    • Provide adequate time during work hours for group calls with cohort post-training.
    • Provide adequate work time (or 4 days) for participants to lead DEI training activities at your animal welfare organization or other AWOs in the region.

    All participants will enjoy full scholarships, including travel and accommodations. Click on the REGISTER button above to enroll in this program and complete the scholarship application.

    On the application, you will be asked to explain your interest in and experience with DEI, as well as an example of how you handled a conflict invovling a DEI issue.

    Hosted by 

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    Maria Morukian

    President and Founder

    MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian, the president of MSM Global Consulting, has twenty years of experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence. Maria hosts a podcast on critical DEI issues called Culture Stew. She is author of the book, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace and co-author of ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development.

    Jasmin Robinson

    Director of DEI Initiatives

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jasmin M. Robinson is The Association's Director of DEI Initiatives. She is also the CEO and Founder of I.D.E.A.L. Education, LLC., and a consultant with MSM Global Consulting. She has over 10 years of experience leading efforts to foster and maintain inclusive work environments that welcome, embrace, empower, and celebrate people. She is actively pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/24/2024 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    This case study explores the journey of the Animal Rescue League of Boston's Wellness Waggin' program which is now a successful mobile veterinary unit that has completed over 14,000 wellness care appointments since 2018.

    The Healthy Animal-Healthy Community Initiative: A Case Study of Providing Access to Veterinary Care

    Over the last decade, animal welfare organizations in the US have shifted their focus towards addressing the root causes of animal problems, realizing the importance of addressing the human aspect of the issue. Program models have moved away from shelter-based services to more preventive, community-based solutions. The Animal Rescue League of Boston recognized this shift and updated its mission and vision to include bringing veterinary and wellness services directly to those who need it most, ensuring that animals are safe and healthy in communities rather than shelters.

    This case study explores the journey of the Animal Rescue League of Boston's Wellness Waggin' program, from its conception to implementation, including steps like determining a target area, building community relationships, securing funding, and launching a pilot program. The Wellness Waggin' is now a successful mobile veterinary unit that has completed over 14,000 wellness care appointments since 2018.

    Attendees will leave the webinar with:

    • A basic framework for implementing a new community-based program, including an alternative grass-roots approach to engaging with community that is achievable for organizations of all sizes.
    • Ideas for learning what each community needs
    • Ways to determine a target community for a new community-based program or for creating new community partnerships

    This webinar has been pre-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)

    Edward Schettino, DVM, PhD

    President & CEO, Animal Rescue League of Boston

    Dr. Schettino is a graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Formerly the Vice President of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, he is now their President & CEO. He has an MBA from Clark University’s Graduate School of Management, and both his Masters and PhD in the Basic Medical Sciences (Immunology), from New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/10/2024 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    During this webinar, the study’s principal investigator and The Association’s CEO will share findings from our recent National Access to Veterinary Care study.

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    The nationwide shortage of veterinarians disproportionately affects the work of animal welfare and animal care & control agencies.  

    Recognizing that we need to understand how the access to care crisis impacts our profession, The Association and The Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee recently fielded a national survey to gain insights. Hundreds of organizations participated in the study which was comprised of questions related to personnel, budgets, and medical programs.

    We need to understand the breadth and depth of these challenges so we can work toward solutions.  During this webinar, the study’s principal investigator and The Association’s CEO will share our findings.

    Linda Daugherty, MPA

    Associate Director of Research

    The Program for Pet Health Equity, University of Tennessee

    Jim Tedford, CAWA

    President & CEO, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jim Tedford accepted his dream job when he joined The Association as President & CEO in June of 2015.  But Jim is no stranger to the organization.  He has been a member for more than 30 years and served as our Board Chairman some twenty years ago.  Jim has been actively engaged in the animal welfare movement for more than 39 years having served as CEO for animal sheltering organizations in New York, Louisiana and Tennessee.  He served as a regional director for The Humane Society of the United States and then spent six years providing direct response marketing services to animal welfare organizations. Jim presents frequently at national and regional conferences on various animal welfare issues, organizational development and not-for-profit management. 

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/27/2024 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Discover how your organization can lessen the risk of costly and stressful liability and legal problems.

    From dog bites to animal transportation and medical care to worker's comp, animal shelters and rescues have unique liability risks, related to both animals and people.

    David Denniston, Director of Risk Management for McNeil & Co, Inc., has experience working with animal welfare organizations to mitigate their risk. David will explain how your organization can lessen the risk of costly and stressful liability and legal problems. He will provide sample language and policies you can use right away. This session will also explore practical strategies for inspiring a deep and lasting commitment to safety and mission-protection in your nonprofit.

    This webinar has been pre-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)

    Dave Denniston

    Director of Risk Management

    McNeil and Company Inc

    Dave Denniston is the Director of Risk Management for McNeil and Company, Inc. He also serves as Executive Director of the National FARMEDIC Training Program. Dave has over 30 years in Risk Management, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and has served as an officer in several local, state, and national organizations. Dave has served as Chief, President and Chairman of the Board for the Cortlandville (NY) Fire District, where he is still active as Department Chaplin. Dave is a Fire Commissioner in the Virgil Fire District and a Director for the Association of Fire Districts, State of New York.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/25/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this DEI Executive Leadership Class, you will engage in self-reflection, create a roadmap for making DEI a strategic goal in your organization, and identify skills leaders need to model.

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    A four-hour accelerated workshop for leaders working towards an equitable and just profession.

    In this executive level leadership online workshop, you will work together as a cohort of committed leaders. You will engage in self-reflection, create a roadmap for making DEI a strategic goal in your organization, and identify the core skills leaders need to model.

    Workshop Objectives:

    • Define concepts of DEI and impact on animal welfare
    • Examine our DEI Journey Maps and share with others
    • Practice calling in conversations and how to foster open communication 
    • Strategize new ways to incorporate DEI practices throughout your organization 
    • Craft a 90-day action plan for the top three things you can do that would advance DEI in your organization

    While we recognize the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion from multiple levels of an organization, this course is specifically designed to support leaders, including executives, C-level staff, directors of municipal animal services, and board members.

    • Workshop takes place online 1pm - 5pm ET on Monday, March 25
    • This Zoom experience will not be recorded.
    • Virtual break rooms will be used for small group activities and reflection.
    • This course requires pre-work. Additional details will be provided after registration, however, we ask that leaders interested in this course commit to up to 3 hours of pre-work before our scheduled session. 
    • Participants who complete the course will receive a printable certificate of completion and access to office hours from Maria Morukian and Jasmin M. Robinson. 

    Presenters:

    - Jasmin M. Robinson, Director of DEI Initiatives, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
    - Maria Morukian, Founder & President, MSM Global Consulting


    Low-cost registration fees have been made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

    • $19 for Professional and Student members of The Association 
    • $39 for Learning Members
    • $99 for Industry Partners

    Become a member of The Association and save big.

    If your organization has a financial hardship that makes paying for this training difficult, please contact us at learning@theaawa.org to inquire about scholarships.

    Very limited seats available. Please register by Friday, March 15.


    This online workshop has been pre-approved for:

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

    Jasmin Robinson

    Director of DEI Initiatives

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jasmin M. Robinson is The Association's Director of DEI Initiatives. She is also the CEO and Founder of I.D.E.A.L. Education, LLC., and a consultant with MSM Global Consulting. She has over 10 years of experience leading efforts to foster and maintain inclusive work environments that welcome, embrace, empower, and celebrate people. She is actively pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.

    Maria Morukian

    President and Founder

    MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian, the president of MSM Global Consulting, has twenty years of experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence. Maria hosts a podcast on critical DEI issues called Culture Stew. She is author of the book, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace and co-author of ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/28/2024 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Join us to analyze key data insights, challenges, and successes from 2023, then peek into what Shelter Animals Count has planned for 2024.

    In 2023, animal shelters and rescues in the United States faced a third consecutive year of high intake with adoption rates unable to keep pace. The resulting crisis is mounting, with organizations across the country over capacity and under stress. Join us to analyze key data insights, challenges, and successes from 2023, then peek into what Shelter Animals Count (SAC) has planned for 2024. 

    SAC experts Samantha Hill, Director of Data and Technology, and Emily Tolliver, Director of Communications, will offer an exclusive opportunity to stay ahead in the constantly evolving landscape of animal welfare.

    This live and recorded program is approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit and 1 NACA CE.


    Also see the 2022 Strength in Numbers Series presented by Shelter Animals Count.

    Samantha Hill

    Director of Data and Technology, Shelter Animals Count

    Samantha Hill joined Shelter Animals Count as the Director of Data and Technology in 2022 where she combines her passion for animals with her education in research and data analysis to understand national trends and community impact. She started her career in higher education administration at Case Western Reserve University where she completed a Masters in Nonprofit Organization and discovered her passion for details, research, data and organizational impact. 

    Emily Tolliver

    Director of Communications and Design, Shelter Animals Count

    Emily Tolliver joined Shelter Animals Count in April 2023 as the Director of Communications and Design. After kickstarting her career in digital communications at her local humane society in 2011, her passion for helping people and animals eventually led her to run large, national social media programs at both Best Friends Animal Society and the American Red Cross.

    An animal lover since birth, Emily brings over a decade of animal welfare-specific experience in social media management, graphic design, fundraising and marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism (emphasis in photojournalism) from the University of Kentucky and has volunteered at shelters across the country, both as a mentor and directly in animal care.