The Association Conferences: Upcoming


2019 Spring Conference - June 12-14, 2019
Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, MO


The Fall Conference - November 19-21, 2019
Research Day - November 18
Marriott Marquis, Houston, TX



The Spring Conference - June 3-5, 2020
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL



The Fall Conference - November 15-17, 2020
Research Day - November 14
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA

Conference Materials

Check out  The Association Conference Highlights Package: Fall 2019 and get a taste of the fall conference (package includes 5 sessions).

Missed one of our conferences?  Download the handouts you need here:

Purchase an audio download or audio DVD:

Past Conference Brochures for Reference When Adding CEs for CAWA Recertification:

2016:  Management     Annual
2017:  Management     Annual
2018:  Management     Annual

Call for Speakers

We present two conferences every year. The Association Conference Committee is interested in your feedback so our conferences continue to deliver just-in-time education that meets animal welfare professional needs.

Speaker Expertise: If you are an expert on a current animal welfare, leadership or management topic, please send your information to and share with the Committee in the following format:  topic, learning objectives and brief speaker bio.
Below is a good example.


  • For The Spring Conference: August 2, 2019*
  • For The Fall Conference: February 1, 2020*

Learn about the differences between the two conferences here.

Every Bark is Different: Leading the Generational Transition within Your Agency
Robert W. Wendover, The Center for Generational Studies

  • Three key shifts that age diversity will have on your workplace in the coming five years
  • Beliefs and work approaches of the three major generations
  • Connect with the “Millennial mind”
  • Five step process to address mobile technology use challenges that impact your productivity and service
  • Three strategies to instill a sense of ownership within the emerging generation of contributors
  • Five keys to being a “sandwich manager” when supervising a  cross-generational team

BIO: Robert W. Wendover, CSP, is Director of The Center for Generational Studies which has been assisting organizations with their workforce talent transitions for more than 20 years. For more information about the Center or any of Bob's programs, contact him at

Recommended Topics or Education Needs If you have a recommendation for potential educational topics to address your current professional needs, please email your suggestions to  Thank you.