Spring Conference: Session Confessin’, Part 2

It’s happening. For real. In less than two months we’ll be convening in Chicago for The Association’s Spring 2022 Conference. In person.

This week we talked to San Diego Humane Society’s Julianna Tetlow and Michelle Quigley, CAWA, CCFP, of Humane Society Vero Beach & Indian River County. They’ll be presenting Find Success Working with Elected Officials in the Management & Governance Track. Here’s what they’re planning for you.

Julianna Tetlow, left, and Michelle Quigley, CAWA, CCFP

The Association: Please give us a sneak peek at your session. What’s a key idea that attendees will take away? (Details, please!)
Julianna Tetlow & Michelle Quigley: Politicians are people, too, and they are elected to represent YOU! They truly want to understand your needs and can shape policy and share messaging to the benefit of pets and their people. Support for animal issues is looked upon favorably by the electorate, so the relationships you build are mutually beneficial. That is critical when you have to make hard asks about policy or funding.

The Association: In keeping with the conference theme, what are you most jazzed about for our time together?
Julianna Tetlow & Michelle Quigley: We’re super excited for in-person learning. Webinars are great for their flexibility, but it’s so easy to become distracted or not fully present. Nothing beats the engagement that in-person presentations create.

The Association: What can attendees prepare or think about prior to your sessions? 
Julianna Tetlow & Michelle Quigley: They can consider:

  • What are your government structures at each level – city/town, county, state?
  • Are they part time or full time?
  • What are their meeting schedules?

The Association: What favorite Zoom meeting outfit will NOT make it into your suitcase this June?
Michelle Quigley: Shorts and my Teva sandals.

Julianna Tetlow: It’s more about what I have to pack than what I won’t. It’ll be a real change for me to have to wear shoes every day during the conference!

Space for the conference is limited to keep everyone as safe as possible, so we do recommend you register sooner rather than later. Bonus: You’ll save some $ if you sign up before the early bird deadline of May 12.

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