The Association Conference Highlights Package: Fall 2019

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Whether you missed The Association's Fall 2019 Conference or attended and want to relive some of the most popular workshops, enjoy this package of recordings of four keynotes / panelist sessions plus a bonus workshop. Watch these with your staff, board or volunteers during staff meetings or share during lunch 'n learns!

1. The Rise of the Animal Welfare Professional (panel discussion)

2. The Surprising Science of Meetings (keynote)

3. Conversations That Matter: Addressing Forbidden Topics (keynote)

4. Socially Conscious Sheltering (panel discussion)

5. Breaking Down Barriers: Achieving Real Board Diversity and Inclusion (workshop)


The Fall 2019 Conference was proudly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, ASPCA, IDEXX, Maddie’s Fund, PetSmart Charities, and RKD Group.

 

  • Breaking Down Barriers: Achieving Real Board Diversity and Inclusion

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    We will discuss some of the structural, cultural, and emotional barriers that exist on nonprofit boards when it comes to building greater diversity among members.

    What’s holding your board back from achieving real diversity and inclusion? You’ve made the business case for diversity and your board understands its value. Yet your board continues to struggle to achieve meaningful and lasting diversity and inclusion. Whether you face challenges with recruiting the right talent, heightening their engagement, and/ or retaining and preparing diverse candidates for leadership roles, you know that you need to do something different to reach your diversity goals.

    We will discuss some of the structural, cultural, and emotional barriers that exist on nonprofit boards when it comes to building greater diversity among members. We will walk through the steps to break through these barriers along three dimensions for sustainable board diversity and inclusion through the highlighted examples. 


    The original version of this session was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2019. You might be interested in the The Association Conference Highlights Package: Fall 2019 which includes this recording plus four videos filmed live at the Fall Conference 2019.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.


    This webinar recording has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Rena Henderson Mason

    President, Bold Agenda

    Rena Henderson Mason, Chief Engagement Officer of Bold Agenda, a nonprofit consulting practice focused on coaching and training leaders, strategic planning, and board development. Rena has an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s in Finance/International Management from Georgetown University. She is an ICF Certified coach and BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.

  • Conversations That Matter: Addressing Forbidden Topics

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    Instead of pretending to leave our personal views, troubles, and situations in the parking lot, we bring them to work. A large percentage of our energy is then spent managing these forbidden topics, allowing each of us to under-deliver, squelching innovation.

    Instead of pretending to leave our personal views, troubles, and situations in the parking lot, we bring them to work. A large percentage of our energy is then spent managing these forbidden topics, allowing each of us to under-deliver, squelching innovation. 

    We will explore multiple forbidden workplace topics like racism, religion, political views, and how “real life” comes in between our responsibilities and our ability to fully “show up” to work. We also will brainstorm potential approaches and best practices to help everyone manage and respect painfully opposing views of coworkers that threaten to degrade the overall office culture, while focusing on our organizational values. No “right” answers exist here, but the issue around explosive current events and diversity-related biases (positive and negative) that evoke passions on multiple levels is influencing how organizations operate. 

    Let’s move from tolerance and frustration to being heard and valued. Let’s talk about it.

    This 65-minute keynote is one of four recordings filmed at The Association's Fall 2019 Conference in Houston. The conference was proudly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, ASPCA, IDEXX, Maddie’s Fund, PetSmart Charities, and RKD Group.

    Jessica Pettitt

    Founder, Goodenoughnow.com

    Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP, pulls together her stand up comedy years with 15+ years of diversity trainings in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead teams to want to work together.

    Graduating from the University of South Carolina with an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Crisis Management, Jessica pulls together lessons from teaching History and English in the classroom as well as those from the stand up comedy stages of New York City to bring real and actionable results to meeting rooms and board tables. She is well published, including multiple DVD and online training courses, curriculum guides, and a book, Good Enough Now, that makes the abstract actionable.

  • Socially Conscious Sheltering

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    Discuss the entire community network that must work together to be a part of the solutions to animal welfare challenges. Hear about this national movement that began in Colorado and determine if your organization wants to be a part of it.

    Socially conscious sheltering is a purely positive articulation of the incredible work that progressive shelters are doing every day. It is a commitment to creating best outcomes for animals that we are entrusted with, while owning our responsibility to keep our communities safe. We will discuss the entire community network that must work together to be a part of the solutions to animal welfare challenges. Come hear about this national movement that began in Colorado and determine if your organization wants to be a part of it.

    This 75-minute panel session is one of four recordings filmed at The Association's Fall 2019 Conference in Houston. The conference was proudly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, ASPCA, IDEXX, Maddie’s Fund, PetSmart Charities, and RKD Group.

    Katie Parker, CAWA

    Executive Director, Animal Assistance Foundation

    Katie Parker, CAWA, is the Executive Director for the Animal Assistance Foundation. Previously, Katie was an animal welfare inspector with the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facilities. She currently serves on the board of directors for The Grey Muzzle Organization and the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund.

    Brad Shear, CAWA

    Executive Director, Potter League for Animals

    Brad Shear is the Executive Director of the Potter League for Animals.  Brad is one of two Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA) in the state of Rhode Island.  In addition to his work at the Potter League, Brad serves on the board of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, chairing their Best Practices and Emerging Trends Committee for The Association and representing The Association on the board of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition.  Brad also serves on the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Shelter Advisory Council, and the board of the Ocean State Animal Coalition.  Brad was a founder of the New York State Animal Protection Federation where he served as Board President for 7 years and continues to serve as the President of the Federation’s education foundation.  He previously served on the board of Community Works of New York State and is a past chair of the Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council. Prior to leading the Potter League, Brad served for ten years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Albany New York.  Brad was the Director of Operations for the Atlanta Humane Society, managed the Brooklyn Shelter for New York City Animal Care and Control, and began his animal protection career at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Colorado. 

    Dr. Apryl Steele

    President & CEO, Dumb Friends League

    Dr. Apryl Steele is President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League and Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (a program of the DFL). Apryl was a practicing veterinarian in Denver for 18 years. She is a past president of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, and the Animal Assistance Foundation. Apryl is currently the Board Chairwoman of the American Association  of Feline Practitioners, serves in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates, is a member of Hill’s Shelter Advisory Board, the Colorado Governor’s P.A.W. Committee, and the Cat Friendly Council.

  • The Rise of the Animal Welfare Professional

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    The panel will explore concepts of professionalization both for individuals and for organizations in the animal welfare sector. Learn how you and your organization can rise!

    Animal welfare is a complex, multi-faceted, and evolving field. As the depth of our work to transform communities becomes more evident, the sector’s drive for professionalization has never been higher. Professionalization is the social process by which a group of workers transforms itself into an occupation of the highest integrity and competence. The natural trend in all professions is toward greater specialization and recognition, but in animal welfare, the career path is not always clear. It can be challenging to enter the field and, while we apply standards for others, we don’t have industry wide standards for ourselves.

    The panel of experts will discuss the path to the professionalization of animal welfare and the role of codes of conduct or ethics, education and training, standards, accreditation, certificates, and certifications along that path. We will explore concepts of professionalization both for individuals and for organizations in the animal welfare sector. Learn how you and your organization can rise!

    This 75-minute panel session is one of four recordings filmed at The Association's Fall 2019 Conference in Houston. The conference was proudly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, ASPCA, IDEXX, Maddie’s Fund, PetSmart Charities, and RKD Group.

    Martha Boden

    CEO, SPCA Tampa Bay

    Martha Boden, PMP, CAWA, has been active in animal welfare for over 30 years. She joined SPCA Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2011, and has guided its growth through the addition of a canine training school, pet hospital, spay/neuter practice, and wildlife rehabilitation program. An active member of The Association throughout her career, she is currently chair of the Conference Committee. Martha is also President of the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations.

    ​Barbara Cartwright

    CEO, Humane Canada

    Barbara Cartwright represents the largest animal welfare community in Canada  as the CEO of Humane Canada. Over the past six years, Barbara has launched the annual National Animal Welfare Conference, the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty, the National Violence Link Coalition and conference, as well as spearheaded the development of the first accreditation program for Humane Societies and SPCAs in North America. Barbara holds a master’s degree in Environmental Education and Communication. She sits on the Board of Directors for PetSmart Charities of Canada.

    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 nearly 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 34 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. 

    Roger Haston

    President, The Institute for Animals

    With nearly 20 years of experience in animal welfare, Dr. Roger Haston has become an internationally recognized leader in data, trends, and metrics. He is now the founder and president of The Institute for Animals which focuses on strategy, research, and thought leadership in the industry. He has served on the boards of Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund, PetAid Colorado, Catalyst Council, Emancipet, Animal Grant Makers, the National Council on Pet Population, and Shelter

    Animals Count.

  • The Surprising Science of Meetings

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    How can your shelter use meetings to help save company time while also engaging your staff? Dr. Steven Rogelberg explains how to transform your organization and team with innovative meeting practices and processes.

    A recent estimate suggests that employees endure a staggering 55 million meetings a day in the United States. Even though essential to shelter communication, coordination, and decision making, employee frustration with meetings is just so high. How can your shelter use meetings and help save company time and engage your staff? In this session, you’ll gain key learnings and implications for organizational and team success:

    • How to transform your organization and team with innovative meeting practices and processes
    • How your team or organization can realize the true potential of a meeting
    • How company leaders are uniquely positioned to leverage this work and lead their team to peak performance

    This 65-minute keynote is one of four recordings filmed at The Association's Fall 2019 Conference in Houston. The conference was proudly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, ASPCA, IDEXX, Maddie’s Fund, PetSmart Charities, and RKD Group.

    Steve G. Rogelberg, PhD

    Author and Chancellor’s Professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte

    Steven G. Rogelberg, PhD, is the author of the book The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead your Team to Peak Performance, released January 2019 from Oxford University Press. He has recently been featured on CBS This Morning, and his book is included in The Washington Post’s The 10 Leadership Books to Watch for in 2019, and Business Insider’s 14 Business Books Everyone Will Be Reading in 2019. Dr. Rogelberg holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, for distinguished national, international, and interdisciplinary contributions. He is a Professor of Organizational Science, Management, and Psychology at UNC Charlotte, as well as the Director of Organizational Science. Rogelberg has more than 100 publications addressing issues such as team effectiveness, leadership, engagement, and meetings at work. He recently won the very prestigious international Humboldt Award for his research. He founded and currently directs the VPA and SeeDS outreach initiatives, which has served over 1,000 animal welfare organizations. He was the inaugural winner of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Humanitarian Award for this work.