Best Friends National Conference schedule and official agenda

Stay on top of all of the events happening at the national conference with the official agenda. From general sessions to special workshops, there will be an array of social and informative events to attend.

Note: Details are subject to change and please keep checking back for updates, as additional sessions will be added.

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Show me the money

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Powerhouse programming

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Master tactics

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Best practices in animal care

 

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Essentials for the no-kill community

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Marketing and communications unleashed

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Save Them All: Regional case studies

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Go local: Regional lifesaving workshops

Wednesday, July 12
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Early conference check-in
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. New Jersey Legislative Reception

 

Thursday, July 13
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Session
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Save Them All: Regional case studies (8 sessions)

Digital Dollars and Sense: Digital Fundraising 101Northeast (CT, DE MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)

Save Them All: Regional case studiesMid-Atlantic (DC,KY, MD, NC, TN, VA)

Save Them All: Regional case studiesSoutheast (AL, FL, GA, MS, SC)

Save Them All: Regional case studiesMidwest (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI, WV)

Save Them All: Regional case studiesGreat Plains (IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD)

Save Them All: Regional case studiesSouth Central (AR, LA, OK, TX)

Save Them All: Regional case studiesMountain West (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)

Save Them All: Regional case studiesPacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Workshop Session II
 

Digital Dollars and Sense: Digital Fundraising 101Digital Dollars and Sense: Digital Fundraising 101 (Kate Moore, Amy Starnes)

 

Capacity for Care: Maximizing Lifesaving by Understanding Your Limits Capacity for Care: Maximizing Lifesaving by Understanding Your Limits (Dr. Emily Purvis)

 

Big-Impact Boards: Recruiting, Managing and Utilizing Effective BoardsBig-Impact Boards: Recruiting, Managing and Utilizing Effective Boards (Sandy Rees)

  Litter Box Lowdown: Addressing Non-medical Litter Box IssuesLitter Box Lowdown: Addressing Non-medical Litter Box Issues (Pam Johnson-Bennett)
 

Common Ground: The Essential Roles of Collaboration and Coalition-BuildingCommon Ground: The Essential Roles of Collaboration and Coalition-Building (Natalie Corwin)

 

Traditional Media in a Digital Media World: A Traditional Media Tool KitTraditional Media in a Digital Media World: A Traditional Media Tool Kit (Cathy Rosenthal)

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Workshop Session III
  Writing with Appeal: How to Write an Effective Fundraising Appeal Both Online and Off-lineWriting with Appeal: How to Write an Effective Fundraising Appeal Both Online and Off-line (Elizabeth Doyle)
 

Classic Community Cats: Comprehensive Cat Programs and Partnerships Classic Community Cats: Comprehensive Cat Programs and Partnerships (Lisa Barrett, Desiree Triste-Aragon)

  Strategy vs. Clairvoyance: Evaluating the Impact of Strategic ProgrammingStrategy vs. Clairvoyance: Evaluating the Impact of Strategic Programming (Marc Peralta)
  Just Shy: Understanding and Working with Fearful and Shy DogsJust Shy: Understanding and Working with Fearful and Shy Dogs (Marcia Helm)
  No-Kill Resolutions: Committing to No-Kill at the Local LevelNo-Kill Resolutions: Committing to No-Kill at the Local Level (Jamie Case, Ledy VanKavage)
  Powerful Imagery: Getting Great Photos with a Smartphone BudgetPowerful Imagery: Getting Great Photos with a Smartphone Budget (Michael Hand) 
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

 

Friday, July 14
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. General Session
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshop Session I
  Purposeful Fundraising: Getting proactive with your fundraising planPurposeful Fundraising: Getting Proactive with Your Fundraising Plan (Sandy Rees)
 

Caring for the Caregivers: A Comprehensive Approach to Compassion Fatigue Caring for the Caregivers: A Comprehensive Approach to Compassion Fatigue (Dr. Linda Harper, Faith Maloney)

  Leading the Way to No-Kill: Strategic Challenges Facing No-Kill LeadersLeading the Way to No-Kill: Strategic Challenges Facing No-Kill Leaders (Bonney Brown, Rebecca Guinn, José Ocaño, Holly Sizemore)
  Soothing the Bouncy Beast: Managing Mouthy, Jumpy DogsSoothing the Bouncy Beast: Managing Mouthy, Jumpy Dogs (Sherry Woodard)
  Data-Driven: Understanding the Vital Role of Data on Our Path to No-KillData-Driven: Understanding the Vital Role of Data on Our Path to No-Kill (Vicki Kilmer, Shelly Thompson)
  Organizational Character: Understanding and Developing Your BrandOrganizational Character: Understanding and Developing Your Brand (Julie Castle, Kari Hartkorn)
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Workshop Session II
  Your Wish Is Granted: How to Find and Manage Grant FundsYour Wish Is Granted: How to Find and Manage Grant Funds (Kelly Cramer, Stephanie Macgill)
  Enlightened Lifesaving: Engaging Your Whole Community in SolutionsEnlightened Lifesaving: Engaging Your Whole Community in Solutions (Karen Sheppard)
  Service Enterprise: How to Powerfully and Effectively Leverage VolunteersService Enterprise: How to Powerfully and Effectively Leverage Volunteers (Pat Guerrero, José Ocaño)
  The Power of Play: Using Play Groups to Understand and Support the Dogs in Your CareThe Power of Play: Using Play Groups to Understand and Support the Dogs in Your Care (Ed Jamison, Krystal Mcgough)
  Community Resource Centers: The Future of Animal ShelteringCommunity Resource Centers: The Future of Animal Sheltering (Amy Mills)
  Social Savvy: Crafting Your Social Media Voice and BudgetSocial Savvy: Crafting Your Social Media Voice and Budget (Melissa Miller)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Workshop Session III
  Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Unleashing the Power of Planned GivingWhere There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Unleashing the Power of Planned Giving (Karen Gallardo)
  Kitten Mania: Creative Programs for Saving More Tiny Lives Kitten Mania: Creative Programs for Saving More Tiny Lives (Sheila McLalin, Christi Metropole)
  Advanced Digital Tactics: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Digital GameAdvanced Digital Tactics: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Digital Game (Sue Citro)
  Fostering Behavior: Innovative Foster Programs for Animals with Behavior ChallengesFostering Behavior: Innovative Foster Programs for Animals with Behavior Challenges (Kristen Auerbach)
  Cultivating Culture: Laying the Groundwork for Progressive LifesavingCultivating Culture: Laying the Groundwork for Progressive Lifesaving (Scott Giacoppo, Scott Trebatoski)
  Grassroots Marketing: Getting that 'Big Group' Look for a Lot Less MoneyGrassroots Marketing: Getting that 'Big Group' Look for a Lot Less Money (Erin Miner)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Yaps and Apps

 

Saturday, July 15
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Go local: Regional lifesaving workshops (8 sessions)

Go local: Regional lifesaving workshops Northeast (CT, DE MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)

Go local: Regional lifesaving workshopsMid-Atlantic (DC,KY, MD, NC, TN, VA)

Go local: Regional lifesaving workshopsSoutheast (AL, FL, GA, MS, SC)

Go local: Regional lifesaving workshopsMidwest (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI, WV)

Go local: Regional lifesaving workshopsGreat Plains (IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD)

Go local: Regional lifesaving workshopsSouth Central (AR, LA, OK, TX)

Go local: Regional lifesaving workshopsMountain West (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)

Go local: Regional lifesaving workshopsPacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshop Session II
  What a Partner Wants: What Funders Are Looking for in a PartnershipWhat a Partner Wants: What Funders Are Looking for in a Partnership (Stephanie Macgill, Shelly Thompson)
  Diversion Programs: Innovative Approaches that Keep Animals Out of Shelters Diversion Programs: Innovative Approaches that Keep Animals Out of Shelters (Bethany Colonnese, Lisa Norwood)
  Major Fundraising Campaigns: Scaling Campaigns for Maximum ImpactMajor Fundraising Campaigns: Scaling Campaigns for Maximum Impact (Makena Yarbrough)
  Cat Pawsitive Program: Positive Reinforcement Training for Cats in SheltersCat Pawsitive Program: Positive Reinforcement Training for Cats in Shelters (Jackson Galaxy)
  A Dog by Any Other Name: Innovative Approaches to Marketing PetsA Dog by Any Other Name: Innovative Approaches to Marketing Pets (Kristen Auerbach, Liz Finch)
 

Digital Marketing 101: Digital Marketing Strategies, Big and SmallDigital Marketing 101: Digital Marketing Strategies, Big and Small (Kate Moore, Amy Starnes)

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Workshop Session III
  Speaking 'Donor': How to Attract and Keep Big DonorsSpeaking 'Donor': How to Attract and Keep Big Donors (Tycely Williams)
  Lifesaving En Route: Best Practices in Delivering Our Best Friends to Safety Lifesaving En Route: Best Practices in Delivering Our Best Friends to Safety (Kimberly Elman, Linda Gage)
  More Purrs, Less Stress: Effective Stress Reduction Techniques for Cats in SheltersMore Purrs, Less Stress: Effective Stress Reduction Techniques for Cats in Shelters (Dr. Sara Bennett)
  Keeping Up with the 90 Percent: Sustaining No-Kill StatusKeeping Up with the 90 Percent: Sustaining No-Kill Status (Judah Battista, Scott Giacoppo, Tawny Hammond, Brent Toellner)
  Lifesaving Legislation: Advocacy Efforts Related to Puppy Mills, Pit Bull Terriers and CatsLifesaving Legislation: Advocacy Efforts Related to Puppy Mills, Pit Bull Terriers and Cats (Richard Angelo, Jr., Lee Greenwood, Elizabeth Oreck)
  Crisis Managed: Managing the Occasional Public Relations CrisisCrisis Managed: Managing the Occasional Public Relations Crisis (Lisa Norwood)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closing Session

 

Sunday, July 16

Optional side trip to visit Alley Cat Allies boardwalk cats program