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Unicorn Alert: Vu Le Talks With Jim Tedford

Okay, so you’re gonna want to grab 12 minutes and listen to this convo between Vu Le, Executive Director of Nonprofit AF, and The Association’s Jim Tedford. If it’s anything like what we can expect during Vu’s keynote address at the Fall Virtual Conference, “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Hiring Philosophy and Practice,” we’re in for something special.


The Genomics of the American Mutt

Have you visited The Association’s Innovation Bank of short, pre-recorded webinars that feature model programs from your colleagues? We highlight a new session each week, and today we’re excited to share the latest research on how genes affect behavior and appearance in “The Genomics of the American Mutt.” When Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, of the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, began researching canine genetics, she sought to help the animal sheltering industry make more informed decisions.


3 Ways to Help Elevate BIPOC Voices

In our latest podcast, guest host Jorge Ortega, Director, Guilford County Animal Services, hosts CARE President James Evans and Best Friends’ José Ocaño, Senior Director of People and Culture, in a conversation exploring ways in which the animal welfare profession can make space for marginalized voices. Here are some top takeaways from that convo—we hope they inspire you to listen to the complete podcast.


It’s National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week: Thank You From Us To All of You!

For more than 20 years, the first full week in November is celebrated as National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week—and this year we’re launching it with a sincere THANK YOU to all of YOU from all of us at The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. We are proud to be your professional association and immensely grateful for every member and colleague who works at an animal shelter in a world where compassion and kindness is needed now more than ever! Respect…


Fall Conference Superhero Session: “Strengthening Trust & Accountability in the Workplace” with Josh Davies

Are you as excited about the Virtual Fall Conference as we are? We can’t think of a better way to wrap up 2020 with 3 days of reflecting, reconnecting and restocking our supply of inspo for the year ahead. On December 1, Josh Davies, CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development, rounds up Day 1 with his interactive session, “Strengthening Trust & Accountability in the Workplace.

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