Letter From the President: This Time We’re Not Kidding!

Friends, you may recall our excitement last Fall as we prepared to gather IN PERSON in New Orleans.  We had such high hopes that we’d finally be able to visit with people we’ve only seen in tiny on-screen boxes for nearly two years.  All that excitement was squashed by one of my now least favorite characters in the Greek alphabet – Omicron.  

But this time we’re not kidding! With Covid numbers trending downward (thanks, Science), we are so looking forward to welcoming you all to the Windy City this June 15-17.  Our Conference Committee has put together a stellar program, including four concurrent tracks: 

  • Fundraising
  • Management & Governance 
  • Resilient & Thriving Workforces
  • Shelter Medicine & Public Health sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim

The conference will take place in The Palmer House, a gorgeous, historic property situated just a few blocks from the lakefront of Chicago.  We were even able to recycle the conference theme and logo from last fall since we’re gathering in another big music town.  Registration is now open, and I encourage you to make your plans as soon as possible—the event is currently limited to 325 attendees. Learn more and register today and come prepared to learn AND to network with your friends and colleagues from across the animal welfare spectrum. Can’t wait to see you! 

See you in June, 


Jim Tedford, CAWA, is President and CEO of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.


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