2016 Best Friends National Conference Presentations and Handouts

Thursday, July 14, 2016

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshop Session I

Nationwide Strategies to Save Them All

  1. NKLA: Los Angeles, California playbook (Francis Battista, Brenda Barnette, Aimee Gilbreath, Marc Peralta)
  2. Palm Springs, California playbook (Dr. Shayda Ahkami, Tamara Hedges)
  3. Atlanta, Georgia: DeKalb and Fulton Counties playbook (Rebecca Guinn) presentation
  4. Kansas City, Missouri playbook (Brent Toellner)
  5. Austin, Texas playbook (Tawny Hammond, Dr. Ellen Jefferson) presentation
  6. Heber City, Utah playbook (Cathy Boruch, Justin Hatch) presentation
  7. NKUT: State of Utah playbook (Arlyn Bradshaw, Sandy Nelson) presentation
  8. Lynchburg, Virginia playbook (Makena Yarbrough)

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Deep-Dive Sessions

  1. Building a Well-Rounded Portfolio: How to Create a Great Fundraising Plan (Kim Klein, Karen Hollish, Judi Urquhart) presentation
  2. Diving Deep: Community Cat Programs that Make an Impact (Richard Angelo, Shelly Kotter, Desiree Triste-Aragon, Peter Wolf) presentation

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop Session II

  1. Benchmarks of Progress: How to Use Benchmarking to Track Your Success (Tim Crum) presentation
  2. Partner for the Cause: The Benefits of Being a Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network Partner (Nikki Kelley, Michelle Logan, Tami Simon) presentation
  3. In with the New: Fresh, Creative Strategies for Placing Cats (Shelley Thayer) presentation
  4. The Big Picture: Using Your Volunteers in Training and Enrichment Programs (Jennifer Barta, Tanya Roberts) presentation
  5. Data Power: How to Get It, How to Use It to Save Lives (Aimee Gilbreath, April Harris)
  6. Webtastic Strategies: Marketing Adoptable Pets Online with Maximum Impact (Phiphi Gavalas, Claudia Perrone)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Special Session from Maddie’s Fund

  1. Your Aha! Moment: Power It Up and Save More Lives (Dr. Sheila D’Arpino, Lynne Fridley, Mary Ippoliti-Smith, Lars Rabbe)

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop Session III

  1. Fundraising Campaigns that Rock: Getting Donors to Commit to your Cause (Teresa Bodem, Denise Deisler)
  2. Building a Powerful No-Kill Team: How to Recognize and Cultivate Leaders (Marc Peralta)
  3. Huge Results: The Exciting Trends in Mega Adoption Events (Kim McDaniel, Corey Price) presentation
  4. Feline Fun: Cat Enrichment Programs that Increase Adoptability (Pam Johnson-Bennett)
  5. Safer, More Humane Communities Through Fair Laws: How to Advocate for Animals (Lee Greenwood, Ledy VanKavage) presentation
  6. The Clip and Snip Chronicles: How to Market Spay/Neuter with Style (Cathy Rosenthal) presentation

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Workshop Session IV

  1. Sharing Impact: When, Where and How to Share the Impact of Your Work (Mandy Pearce) presentation
  2. Strategic Plans: A GPS to Your Preferred Future (Beth Steinhorn) presentation
  3. Adoption Safety Nets: Follow-Up Programs to Keep Pets in Homes (Denise Deisler) presentation
  4. Best Paw Forward: Bringing Out the Best in Shy Dogs (Cherie Mascis) presentation
  5. No-Kill Strategies: Community and Shelter Policies that Work (Arlyn Bradshaw, Scott Giacoppo) presentation presentation 2
  6. Social Media Smarts 1: Creating Social Media Content to Win the Right Audience (Melissa Miller) presentation

Friday, July 15, 2016

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshop Session I

  1. Increase Your Donor Base: New Ideas for Building Your Base of Support (Barbara Camick, Kelly Preston) presentation
  2. Hearts Larger than Hands: Keeping Burnout to a Minimum (Dr. Linda Harper, Faith Maloney) presentation handout
  3. Ditch the Third Degree: Using Conversation to Match Adopters with Pets (Todd Cramer)
  4. Catification: The Key to Feline Happiness at Home and in Shelters (Kate Benjamin, Jackson Galaxy)
  5. Strength in Numbers: Learning to Rally and Use Community Support (Dr. Ellen Jefferson)
  6. Getting the Scoop: Basic PR Strategies that Generate Big Stories for Pets (Eric Rayvid, Michelle Sathe) presentation

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop Session II

  1. Fundraising's Hidden Power: Making Every Donor Count (Kim Klein) presentation
  2. Secrets of Success: How to Turn a Shelter Around (Marsha Chaney) presentation
  3. A Fresh Image: Increase Adoptions and Community Support by Revamping Your Shelter (Denise Deisler, Makena Yarbrough)
  4. Herd Health: Keeping Animals Healthy in a Shelter Setting (Dr. Kate Hurley)
  5. Protecting Pups: How to Take a Bite Out of Puppy Mill Sales in Your Community (Elizabeth Oreck)
  6. Social Media Smarts 2: Advanced Tactics for Advertising and Fundraising via Your Social Media Channels (Jessie Earl, Kelly Preston) presentation

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop Session III

  1. If You Build It: Investing in Financial Infrastructure (Judi Urquhart)
  2. Moving Forward: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement (Vincent Medley)
  3. It's No Secret: The Revolutionary Results of High-Volume Adoptions (Marc Peralta)
  4. From Reactive to Relaxed: Understanding Canine Leash Reactivity (Allie Bender) presentation handout handout 2
  5. Targeted TNR: Strategies to Work Smarter and See the Impact (Bryan Kortis) presentation
  6. Media Relations: How to Get a Busy Editor’s Attention (Arin Greenwood) presentation

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Workshop Session IV

  1. Successful Stewardship: Building Lasting Donor Relationships (Mark Rovner)
  2. No Bash, No Trash: Goal-Focused, Effective Collaboration for Rescue Groups (Karen Little) presentation
  3. "I Got Skills!": Training and Showcasing Big Dogs (Mike Kaviani)
  4. Kitten Foster Care: Creating the Best Feline Foster Caregivers (Hannah Shaw)
  5. Intake Policy that Saves Lives: The Ins and Outs of Managed Intake (Tawny Hammond) presentation
  6. Trying to Go Viral: Videos and Photography as Shareable Content (Michael Hand) presentation

Saturday, July 16, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Workshop Session I

  1. Granted: Identifying, Applying for and Managing Grant Funds (Mandy Pearce) presentation
  2. Volunteer Culture: Embracing and Engaging Great Volunteers (Patty Hegwood, José Ocaño) presentation
  3. Out with the Old School: Embracing the Million Cat Challenge (Dr. Cynthia Delany, Dr. Kate Hurley)
  4. So Adoptable: The Many Pluses of Dog Play Groups (Hannah McNabb, Aimee Sadler)
  5. Expert Coalition Building: Collaboration for Top Results (Arlyn Bradshaw, Tracy Roddom, Kathleen Toth) presentation
  6. Staying Calm and Cool: Managing and Mitigating PR and Social Media Crises (Chris Licata)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshop Session II

  1. Creative Writing to the Rescue: Effective Storytelling to Raise Funds (Elizabeth Doyle) presentation
  2. Selling Your Vision: Proven Ways to Make Big Things Happen (Julie Castle)
  3. Canine Identity Crisis: How Breed Labeling Affects Adoption (Liz Finch, Lisa Gunter)
  4. Proven Winners: Two Fantastic Kitten Care Programs (Kristi Brooks, Lawrence Nicolas) presentation presentation 2
  5. Pushing the Limits: Targeted Foster Programs to Increase Lifesaving (Kristen Auerbach, Kelly Duer) presentation
  6. Inside the Groove, Outside the Box: The Basics of Great Marketing for Adoption Promotions (Dana Collins, Kim McDaniel) presentation

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop Session III

  1. Digital Tactics: Building Email Campaigns that Bring in the Money (Sue Citro)
  2. Ready, Steady, Go: Managing Change for Increased Success Toward No-Kill (Holly Sizemore) presentation handout
  3. Pets for Life: Supporting and Encouraging Underserved Communities (Ashley Mutch, Jason Schipkowski)
  4. Increasing Dog Adoptability: Quick and Creative Canine Enrichment Tips (Sherry Woodard) presentation
  5. Public-Private Partnerships: Capitalizing on the Best of Both Worlds (Talia Butler, Teresa Wilhelmsen) presentation
  6. Grassroots Marketing: An In-Depth Look at Tactics that Work (Dana Collins, Kim McDaniel) presentation

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop Session IV

  1. Social Butterflies: The Strong Wings of Social Fundraising (Jessie Earl, Shea Sibula)
  2. Keeping the Peace: Effective Conflict Resolution (Karen Green) presentation
  3. Judgment-Free Zones: Building Relationships in Underserved Communities to Keep Dogs in Homes (Maureen Keenan, Kelsey Westbrook) presentation
  4. Healing on the Cheap: Superb Medical Services for Shelters on a Budget (Dr. Marilyn Gotbeter, Bethany Heins) presentation
  5. Partner Up: An Innovative Approach to Working Hand-in-Hand with Your Shelter (Brenda Barnette, Erin Olsen) presentation
  6. Winning Hearts with Power Shots: Adoption Promo Through Great Photography (Guinnevere Shuster) presentation

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