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Fall Conference: 5 Questions We Always Ask with Dalbin Osorio

Did ya register yet? We have such a juicy lineup for the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement, including Dalbin Osorio’s session, Virtual Equity: Using Tech to Increase Access for Emerging Communities. Log off Zoom, ditch the sweatsuit and join him in New Orleans for magic-making… The Association: We can’t wait to see you in New Orleans—also known as the birthplace of jazz.


Fall Conference: 5 Questions We Always Ask with Lara Jakubowski

The sessions comprising The Fall Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement are carefully curated to ensure we’re delivering up info on the topics most relevant to you. What’s more relevant than the economy right now?! Lara Jakubowski discusses her keynote, Nonprofit Rollercoaster: Confronting Economic Challenges in 2022, plus reveals what Zoom outfit will NOT make it into her suitcase this November.


The Shelter Showdown Is On

Sports-themed contest is open today through 9/25 Get creative, up your game and score a sports-themed pet playpen and a trip to New Orleans for the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement. The Association’s Shelter Showdown, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Round 1, 9/12-9/25 In 300 words or less, tell us how you would use a sports-themed pet playpen to help the dogs and cats in your care find their new homes.


Member Spotlight: Get To Know Ariel Zhang

In her role as Chief Strategy Officer at The Animal Foundation, Ariel Zhang is responsible for growing the Las Vegas organization from a municipal shelter into a community support resource. She’s a powerful voice in the conversation on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and you can catch her at The Fall Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement, where she’ll be discussing inclusive strategic planning.


Letter From the President: See You in New Orleans

Dear Colleagues, If you are an animal welfare professional with a strong desire for continuous improvement in your leadership skills, New Orleans is the place to be this November. Join hundreds of your colleagues in The Big Easy where you’ll be treated to an incredible roster of presenters who will exercise your mind and help you grow as an executive leading your team toward achieving your critical, lifesaving mission.


Making the Case for CAWA

5 key talking points for getting buy-in (and yes, funding) from your supervisor If you read this blog or receive The Association’s weekly newsletter, you know we love talking about the accomplishments of industry leaders who have completed the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) program. Becoming a CAWA makes you a stand-out, as you hold the only leadership credential in the animal welfare profession.

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