Best Friends National Conference schedule

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. Please check back for more detailed agenda with session titles.

TRACKS
 Be an advocate for animals track icon

Be an advocate for animals

 Ramp up your communication, marketing and branding efforts track icon

Ramp up your communication, marketing and branding efforts

 Power up your fundraising track icon

Power up your fundraising

 Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity track icon

Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity

 Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track icon

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals

 Keeping shelter animals safe and healthy track icon

Keeping shelter animals safe and healthy

 Saving kittens, community cats and hard-to-place cats track icon

Saving kittens, community cats and hard-to-place cats

 Saving more lives as an animal control officer track icon

Saving more lives as an animal control officer

 Using technology to save more animals track icon

Using technology to save more animals

 Helping shelter dogs thrive track icon

Helping shelter dogs thrive

 Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track icon

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach

Wednesday, July 24
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pre-conference workshop check-in
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pre-conference workshops*
  Partners in the work: Engaging volunteers to help achieve your mission (Chris Boortz, Kimberly Elman, Pat Guerrero)
  Calling all ACOs: Be outstanding in your field (Richard Angelo, Michelle, Dosson, Scott Giacoppo, Ed Jamison, Andrea Peterson, Timothy Poorman, Dr. Karen Hill Sheppard)
  Developing a reliable stream of revenue through individual giving (Barb Camick, Megan Conn, Kelly Cramer, Sharon Krinsky Davis, Carly Dy-Buncio,  Andrea Grane, Amy Starnes, Patricia Tolbert)
  Cat lovers unite: Get with the (community cat) program (Danielle Bays, Liz, Finch, Scott Giacoppo, Destiny Haney, Bethany Heins, Bryan Kortis, Kirstie James, Karen Little, Peter Wolf)
  Dogs Playing for Life (Marian Cannell, Tucker Euman, Patricia Hawkins, Ed Jamison, Aimee Sadler)
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Early conference check-in
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Member appreciation reception

 

Thursday, July 25
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Opening Session
10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Breakout Session I
 

 Power up your fundraising track iconPlan Ahead: Creating a Successful Fundraising Plan (Sandy Rees)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconFrom the Ground Up: Building a Community Plan to Achieve No-kill (Bethany Heins, Stephanie Macgill)

 

Saving kittens, community cats and hard-to-place cats track iconGet with the Program: Creating a Comprehensive Community Cat Program (Liz Finch, Desiree Triste-Aragon)

 

Keeping shelter animals safe and healthy track iconDepopulation Alternatives: Managing Canine Distemper Virus (Dr. Erin Katribe)

 

Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity track iconManaged Chaos: Managing Pet Admissions from Every Angle (Dr. Josh Fischer, Jill Mollohan)

 

 Be an advocate for animals track iconMission Possible: Taking Volunteer Engagement to the Next Level (Pat Guerrero)

 

Ramp up your communication, marketing and branding efforts track iconAt Your Service: Standing Out and Saving Lives with Customer Service (Kari Hartkorn, Marc Peralta)

 

Saving more lives as an animal control officer track iconAbout Face: Transforming the Role of ACOs (Dr. Karen Hill-Sheppard)

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and networking
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
12:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Save Them All Table Talks
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session II

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconMountain region (Arlyn Bradshaw, Melissa Lipani)

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconPacific region (Kaylee Hawkins, Jose Ocano )

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconGreat Plains region (Michelle Dosson, Bethany Heins )

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconSouth Central region (Whitney Blighton, Michael Bricker, Catherine Eldridge, LeeAnn Shenefiel, Holly Sizemore, Brent Toellner)

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconMidwest region (Jillian Hogan, Stacy Rogers)

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconSoutheast region (Carrie Ducote, Kenny Lamberti )

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconMid-Atlantic region (Angela Rovetto, Makena Yarborough )

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconNortheast region (Linda Gage, Elizabeth Jensen)

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Breakout Session III

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconMountain region (Arlyn Bradshaw, Melissa Lipani)

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconPacific region (Kaylee Hawkins, Jose Ocano )

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconGreat Plains region (Michelle Dosson, Bethany Heins )

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconSouth Central region (Whitney Blighton, Michael Bricker, Catherine Eldridge, LeeAnn Shenefiel, Holly Sizemore, Brent Toellner)

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconMidwest region (Jillian Hogan, Stacy Rogers)

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconSoutheast region (Carrie Ducote, Kenny Lamberti )

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconMid-Atlantic region (Angela Rovetto, Makena Yarborough )

 

Working to Save Them All: A regional approach track iconNortheast region (Linda Gage, Elizabeth Jensen)

5:30 p.m. –  8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception in exhibit hall

 

Friday, July 26
7:30 a.m. –  6:45 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
10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Breakout Session I
 

 Be an advocate for animals track iconThe Human Touch: Including People in the Animal Welfare Conversation (James Evans, Kenny Lamberti)

 

Saving more lives as an animal control officer track iconProof Positive: Shifting the Municipal Mindset (Audra Michael)

 

Helping shelter dogs thrive track iconThe First 24 Hours and Beyond: Improving Behavior by Improving First Impressions (Dr. Carley Faughn, Melissa Pezzuto)

 

Keeping shelter animals safe and healthy track iconFELV: Caring for and Rehoming Vulnerable Cats (Monica Frendan, Dr Julie Levy)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconStrength in Numbers: How Coalitions Unified Chicago's Rescue Community (Nadia Novik, Heather Owen)

 

Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity track iconNo Place Like Home: Reducing Pet Surrenders (Andra Adams, Jordan Craig, Leslie Sans, Dr. Erin Shults)

 

 Power up your fundraising track iconMake it Big: Attracting and Keeping Big Donors (Tycely Williams)

 

Saving kittens, community cats and hard-to-place cats track iconLess Is More: Caring for Community Cats and Kittens (Dr. Heather Kennedy)

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Networking
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
12:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Save Them All Table Talks
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Strut Your Money: Fundraising Strategies for Strut Your Mutt (Jen Fick, Annie Laubernds, Kayla Sebo, Caitlin Watkins, moderated by Sandy Nelson)
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Mediation with Co-founder Cyrus Mejia
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Breakout Session II
 

 Be an advocate for animals track iconCan You Hear Me Now? Getting Legislators to Listen (AJ Albrecht, Richard Angelo, Lee Greenwood, Akisha Townsend-Eaton)

 

Saving more lives as an animal control officer track iconA Matter of Trust: Working Toward Better Outcomes (April Moore)

 

Saving kittens, community cats and hard-to-place cats track iconPlease Step Away from the Cat: Knowing When and When Not to Rescue (Destiny Haney, Christie Rogero)

 

Ramp up your communication, marketing and branding efforts track iconLet's Get Digital: Creating Successful Online Campaigns (Sue Citro, Heather Friedman, Bobby Mann, moderated by Amy Starnes)

 

Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity track iconGet 'Em Home: Refreshing Your Dog and Cat Adoption Process (part 1) (Sue Cosby)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconAll Aboard: Working Effectively with Your Board (Denise Deisler, Lise Everly)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconListen Up: Communicating in a Crisis (Makena Yarbrough)

 

Keeping shelter animals safe and healthy track iconWhere There's a Will: Running a No-kill Organization Without Paid Staff (Maureen Chin, Jay Garrett, Jr.)

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Session III
 

 Be an advocate for animals track iconAdvocacy to Action: Building a No-Kill Community (Rebecca Guinn)

 

Saving more lives as an animal control officer track iconShake on it: Negotiating Animal Contracts (Rebecca Huss)

 

Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity track iconGet 'Em Home: Refreshing Your Dog and Cat Adoption Process (part 2) (Sue Cosby)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconWho's the Boss? Identifying Leadership Potential (Kristen Auerbach, Denise Deisler, Tawny Hammond, Lee Ann Shenefiel, Makena Yarbrough )

 

Saving kittens, community cats and hard-to-place cats track iconCat Mojo: Maximizing the Well-Being of Cats in Your Care (Jackson Galaxy)

 

Using technology to save more animals track iconTech Talk: Mastering Technology to Save More Lives (Rachael Ziering)

 

Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity track iconFrom Here to There: Transporting Your Way to No-Kill (Christy Anderson, Christina Arriaga, Adam Lamb, Ginny Simms, moderated by Elizabeth Oreck)

 

 Power up your fundraising track iconWhat Funders Want: Delivering a Winning Grant Application (Brent Toellner, moderated by Stephanie Macgill)

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Break
5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Ask Me Anything sessions
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Network Partner VIP Party

 

Saturday, July 27
7:30 a.m. –  3:30 p.m. Registration open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Breakout Session I

 

Ramp up your communication, marketing and branding efforts track iconSocially Acceptable: Making Smart Choices on Social Media (Elizabeth Bennett)

 

 Power up your fundraising track iconVenmo Me the Money: Making Your Website Work for You (Amy Starnes)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconGo, Team: Creating a Winning No-Kill Culture (José Ocaño)

 

Ramp up your communication, marketing and branding efforts track iconThe Write Stuff: Getting the Media to Share Your Story (Katie Pemberton, Michelle Sathe)

 

Using technology to save more animals track iconGood to Go: Understanding and Leveraging Your Transport Options (Chris Roy)

 

Helping shelter dogs thrive track iconAt Risk: Lifesaving Protocol for Large and Medium Dogs (Kristen Auerbach, Lee Ann Shenefiel)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconAbout Face: Managing Change for Lifesaving (Ed Jamison, Stacy Rogers)

 

Saving kittens, community cats and hard-to-place cats track iconIt's Raining Kittens: Navigating Kitten Season (Aimee Gilbreath, Christi Metropole)

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Breakout Session II
 

 Power up your fundraising track iconYou've Got Mail: Mastering the Art of Email Marketing (Natalie Buxton, Caitlin Watkins)

 

Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity track iconWinning the Day: Reducing Length of Stay in Your Shelter or Rescue Group (Brent Toellner)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconLanguage Matters: Understanding and Leveraging No-kill Terminology (Elizabeth Doyle, Marc Peralta)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconNow What? Sustaining No-kill (Tawny Hammond, Katie Trennepohl)

 

Using technology to save more animals track iconAll Systems Go: Getting What You Need from Your Shelter Management System (Angie Embree)

 

Saving kittens, community cats and hard-to-place cats track iconThe Right Feline Fit: Placing Community Cats (Marla Browne, Kaitlyn Simmons)

 

Keeping shelter animals safe and healthy track iconTo Their Health: Treating Parvo, Panleuk and Heartworm (Dr. Jen Wilcox, Dr. Erin Katribe)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconRecipe for Lifesaving: Using 12 Ingredients to Reach and Exceed 90% (Dr Ellen Jefferson)

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Networking
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
12:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Save Them All Table Talks
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session II
 

Helping shelter dogs thrive track iconSit. Stay. Play! Preparing Dogs for Life Beyond the Shelter (Dr. Lisa Gunter, Sherry Woodard)

 

 Power up your fundraising track iconFund Me: Fundraising on Facebook and Instagram (Jessie Earl)

 

Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity track iconThe Future of Fostering: Improving and Enhancing Your Pet Foster Program (Kristen Auerbach, Dr. Sheila D’Arpino)

 

Maximize your animal lifesaving capacity track iconLooking Ahead: The Role of Rescue and Rescue Groups in Achieving No-Kill by 2025 (Christina Ariaga, Rebecca Guinn, Gina Knep, Christi Metropole, Bobbi Yeo, moderated by Arlyn Bradshaw)

 

Improve your leadership skills to save more animals track iconFollow the Leader: Putting Great Ideas to Work (Alexis Pugh)

 

Keeping shelter animals safe and healthy track iconThe Right Stuff: Taking Your Lifesaving Efforts to the Next Level (Scott Giacoppo, Michelle Logan, Andrew Marsden)

 

Saving kittens, community cats and hard-to-place cats track iconFrom Fearful to Friendly: Moving Cats Along the Adoption Path (Molly Devos, Stephanie Stryker)

 

Keeping shelter animals safe and healthy track iconStressed Out: Modifying Animal Behavior in the Shelter (Dr. Kimberly Boudwin, Dayna Villa)

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Session

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Closing Reception: TAILgate Party

 

Sunday, July 28

Optional side trips to visit Dallas Animal Services and Spay Neuter Network*

*Separate registration required