Conference Sessions Schedule

Focus Day

General Session

Field Services

Leadership

Shelter Operations

Focus Day – September 20, 2023

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9–10:30am

White Pine Ballroom

Lesley Irvine

Jessi Culkin

Lesley Irvine

Kyra Munz

Focus Day – General Session 

Better Together Program

 

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10:45am–12:15pm

Northwest Territories A-B

Dr. Jon Geller

Emily Lewis

Focus Day

Large Animal Cases Are No Small Matter

 

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10:45am–12:15pm

White Pine Ballroom

Dr. Jon Geller

April Huntsman

Focus Day

Insights Into Supported Self-Rehoming Programs

 

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1:30–3:15pm

White Pine Ballroom

Dr. Michael Blackwell

Brandon Bowles

Dr. Michael Blackwell

Nicole Lopez

Focus Day-General Session

Porchlight Program

 

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3:30–5pm

Northwest Territories A-B

Dr. Michael Blackwell

Kelly Bremken

Focus Day

Implicit Bias and Animal Welfare

 

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3:30-5pm

White Pine Ballroom

Dr. Michael Blackwell

Jessica Beaulieu

Dr. Michael Blackwell

Katia Nikitina

Focus Day

Animal Crimes and Rethinking Punitiveness

 

Day 2 – September 21, 2023

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9-10:30am

White Pine Ballroom

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Kristen Baltrum

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Ali Mickelson

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Anna Stout

General Session

Keeping People and Pets Housed and Out of Shelters

 

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10:45am–12:15pm

Northwest Territories A-B

Elizabeth Waetzig

Dr. Claire Vaiden

Field Services

Differentiating Between Geriatric Pets and Neglect

 

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10:45am–12:15pm

Fallen Timbers B

Elizabeth Waetzig

Cmdr. Tim Read

Leadership

Understanding and Avoiding Workplace Violence

 

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10:45am–12:15pm

White Pine Ballroom

Gina Knepp

Kelly Bremken

Shelter Operations

Difficult Conversations 

 

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1:30–3:15pm

Northwest Territories A-B

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Dr. Claire Vaiden

Field Services

Recognizing Non-Accidental Injury in the Field

 

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1:30-3:15 pm

Fallen Timbers B

Elizabeth Waetzig

Dave Lewis

Leadership

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within Animal Welfare

 

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1:30–3:15pm

White Pine Ballroom

Mariah Mcculley

Angie Davis

Shelter Operations

Small But Mighty Shelter

 

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3:30–5pm

Northwest Territories A-B

Saskia Chiesa

Mark Hurlbert

Field Services

What the Court Needs From You – Round Table Discussion

 

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3:30-5pm

Fallen Timbers B

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Lisa Pedersen

Leadership

What is Your User’s Manual? Creating Clarity and Understanding Within Your Team

 

 

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3:30-5pm

White Pine Ballroom

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Debbie Santeliz-Lockwood

Shelter Operations

A Foster Coordinator’s Guide 

 

 

Day 3 – September 22, 2023

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8-9am

Northwest Territories A-B

Lindsey Vigna

Anneliese Clark 

Lindsey Vigna

Rigo Neira

Lindsey Vigna

Angel Williams

Lindsey Vigna

EC Michaels

Networking Event

Coffee & Collaboration: Aspiring Leaders

Presented by the AWAC Collaboration Committee – an event geared toward cultivating the next generation of animal welfare leaders and connecting them with one another.

Four leaders – Anneliese Clark, EC Michaels, Rigo Neira, and Angel Williams share their leadership journeys

 

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9:15-10:30am

White Pine Ballroom

Marissa Martino

Madeleine Binsfrahm

General Session

Investing In You

 

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10:45am-12:15pm

Northwest Territories A-B

Marissa Martino

Janee’ Boswell

Field Services

Animal Law Enforcement Safety and Resiliency Strategies

 

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10:45am-12:15pm

Fallen Timbers B

Marissa Martino

Kelly Bremken

Leadership

Low Impact Debriefing

 

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10:45am-12:15pm

White Pine Ballroom

Marissa Martino

Rachel Levine

Marissa Martino

Hannah Tomaszewski

Shelter Operations

Trauma Informed Language in the Shelter Setting

 

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1:30-2:45pm

Northwest Territories A-B

April Huntsman

Cheri Spottke

Field Services

How to Handle the Media

 

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1:30-2:45pm

Fallen Timbers B

April Huntsman

Dave Lewis

Leadership

Building a Successful Team

 

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1:30-2:45pm

White Pine Ballroom

April Huntsman

Lauren Rolfe

Shelter Operations

One of Us: Establishing Volunteer Culture Throughout Your Organization