2015 Best Friends National Conference Presentations and Handouts


Thursday, July 16

10:00 – 11:30 am
Hearts Larger than Hands: Creating Balance in Your Life to Save More Animals 
(Dr. Linda Harper, Faith Maloney) 
PowerPoint  Handout 1  Handout 2

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Workshop Session I

  1. Good Deeds: Volunteer Power (Patty Hegwood)
    PowerPoint
  2. Advocacy 101: Successful Lobbying for Community Cats (Peter Wolf)
    PowerPoint
  3. Irresistible: Improving Adoption Customer Service (Diane Blankenburg)
    PowerPoint  Handout 1  Handout 2  Handout 3  Handout 4
  4. Calm Cats: Encouraging Bonding to Reduce Shelter Stress and Increase Adoptability (Dr. McMillan)
    PowerPoint
  5. Money Isn't Everything: Medical Services on a Shoestring Budget (Dr. Ellen Jefferson)
    PowerPoint
  6. Where to Begin: Fundraising Basics (Sandy Rees)
    PowerPoint  Handout
  7. Selling Spay/Neuter in Style (Cathy Rosenthal)
    PowerPoint
  8. Ready, Steady, Go: Managing Change for Increased Success (Holly Sizemore)
    PowerPoint

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop Session II

  1. Foster-ific: Dispelling Myths About Fostering (Bonney Brown)
    PowerPoint  Handout
  2. Working the System: Understanding Good Policies and How to Get Them in Your Community (Arlyn Bradshaw, Scott Giacoppo)
    PowerPoint
  3. High-Volume Adoptions: Basic Strategies for Success (Marc Peralta)
    PowerPoint
  4. Head of the Class: Utilizing Volunteers as Dog Trainers (Sarah Clusman)
    PowerPoint  Handout 1  Handout 2  Handout 3  Handout 4  Handout 5  Handout 6  Handout 7
  5. Haven of Care: Keeping Animals Healthy in a Shelter Setting (Dr. Kate Hurley)
  6. Creative Writing to the Rescue: How to Write a Fundraising Appeal (Elizabeth Doyle)
    PowerPoint
  7. Getting the Scoop: How Journalists Spread the News (Arin Greenwood, Chelsea Marshall)
  8. Plan Like a Winner: Strategic Planning for the Long Haul (Holley Darden)

Friday, July 17

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop Session I
Getting to No-Kill: Different Communities, Different Models

  1. Los Angeles, California (Brenda Barnette, Francis Battista, Aimee Gilbreath, Marc Peralta)
    Playbook
  2. Kansas City, Missouri (Brent Toellner)
    Playbook
  3. Portland, Oregon (Kristi Brooks, Brenda King, Debbie Wood)
    Playbook  PowerPoint
  4. Brown County, Indiana (Jane Weatherford)
    Playbook  PowerPoint  Video
  5. State of Utah (Arlyn Bradshaw)
    Playbook
  6. Atlanta, Georgia: Fulton and DeKalb Counties (Rebecca Guinn)
    Playbook  PowerPoint
  7. Austin, Texas (Tawny Hammond, Dr. Ellen Jefferson)
    Playbook
  8. Lynchburg, Virginia (Makena Yarbrough)
    Playbook

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop Session II

  1. The Data Dance: Your No-Kill Best Friend (Aimee Gilbreath, April Harris)
    PowerPoint  Handout
  2. Powerful Strategies for Putting Puppy Mills in the Past (Elizabeth Oreck)
    Handout 1  Handout 2  Handout 3
  3. Adoption Myth Busters (Dr. Emily Weiss)
  4. So Adoptable: Dogs Playing for Life (Aimee Sadler)
    PowerPoint
  5. Meeting the Special Challenges of Special-Needs Pets (Dr. Frank McMillan, Claudia Perrone)
    PowerPoint 1  PowerPoint 2
  6. Smart Money: Wise Investments for a Secure Future (Craig DePole)
    PowerPoint
  7. Million-Dollar Images: How Photography Wins Hearts (Seth Casteel)
  8. Learning to Lead: What Great Leaders Know and Do (Gregory Castle)
    PowerPoint

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop Session III

  1. Partner Up: How the Public and Private Sectors Work Together to Help Community Cats (Shelly Kotter, Christopher Romero)
    PowerPoint
  2. Rallying the Troops: How to Engage Your Community to Save More Lives (Bonney Brown)
    PowerPoint  Handout 1  Handout 2  Handout 3  Handout 4  Handout 5
  3. Achieving Successful Adoptions Through Conversation, Not Interrogation (Todd Cramer)
    PowerPoint
  4. Stepping Up to the Challenge Line: Growing Trust Through Mutual Risk (Jackson Galaxy)
  5. Teamwork: Animal Behavior and Medical Services Working as One (Aimee Sadler, Dr. Ellen Jefferson)
    PowerPoint
  6. Raising Funds Digitally: Navigating the Online and Email Worlds (Sue Citro)
    PowerPoint
  7. Best Face Forward: Best Practices for Your PR Department (Amelia Gingold Makin)
    PowerPoint
  8. How to Win Friends and Influence Lifesaving Through Coalitions and Alliances (Francis Battista, Arlyn Bradshaw, Barbara Brown)
    PowerPoint  Handout

Saturday, July 18

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop Session I

  1. Hitting the Target: Spay/Neuter Programs That Work (Bryan Kortis)
    PowerPoint
  2. Engaged: Effective Community Messaging (Eric Rayvid, Michelle Sathe)
    PowerPoint
  3. All Things Feline: Promoting Cat Adoptions (Shelley Thayer)
    PowerPoint  Handout
  4. Instilling Confidence: Helping Shy Dogs Come Forward (Cherie Mascis, Michelle Weaver)
    PowerPoint
  5. Reducing the Risks: Health Care Strategies for Fostered and Rescued Pets (Dr. Patti Patterson)
    PowerPoint
  6. Light Their Fires: Motivating Donors (Angie Moore)
  7. Webtastic: Helping Your Pets Get Adopted Online (Jessie Earl, Claudia Perrone)
    PowerPoint
  8. Working for Peace: Effective Conflict Resolution (Karen Green)
    PowerPoint

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop Session II

  1. Special Delivery: Transporting Pets to Great New Homes (Mary James, Anne Ward)
    PowerPoint 1  PowerPoint 2  Handout 1  Handout 2
  2. Five Years, Five Initiatives: Taking the Million Cat Challenge (Dr. Kate Hurley)
  3. Up with Terriers: Pit Bull Terrier Adoptability (Mike Kaviani, Jean Keating)
    PowerPoint
  4. Beyond Basics: How to Work with Aggressive and Reactive Dog Behaviors (Allie Bender)
    PowerPoint  Handout 1  Handout 2
  5. Streamlining Vet Clinics for Low-Cost Care (Rick DuCharme)
  6. Fundraising's Hidden Power: Making Every Donor Count (Tim Crum)
    PowerPoint
  7. Disruptive Creativity: Marketing Outside the Box and Inside a Budget (Dana Collins, Kim McDaniel)
    PowerPoint
  8. Beyond Dog Walking: Engaging Volunteer Leaders (Beth Steinhorn)
    PowerPoint  Handout 1  Handout 2  Handout 3

Sunday, July 19

9:00 am – 10:30 am Workshop Session I

  1. Start Right: Strategizing Intake Interventions (Lori Weise)
    PowerPoint
  2. Dismantling Breed Discrimination, One City at a Time (Ledy VanKavage)
    PowerPoint  Handout 1  Handout 2
  3. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Post-adoption Follow-Up for Dogs and Cats (Mike Kaviani, Shelley Thayer)
    PowerPoint  Handout
  4. Keep It Clean: Resolving Litter Box Issues (Pam Johnson-Bennett)
    Handout
  5. It's a Win-Win: Friends of Animals Programs (Becky Hamilton)
    PowerPoint  Handout
  6. Gifts That Keep Giving: Cultivating Major and Planned Gifts (Karen Gallardo, Anne Mejia)
    PowerPoint 1  PowerPoint 2
  7. The Long Tail: Using Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram to Expand Your Social Media Reach (Marcie Grube)
    PowerPoint
  8. Create a Blazing Hot Brand: More Mission, Members, Media and Money (Julie Castle)

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop Session II

  1. The Way Back Home: Reuniting Lost Pets with Their People (Rob Goddard, Susan Taney)
    PowerPoint 1  PowerPoint 2  Handout 1  Handout 2
  2. Committed Partner Outreach: The Power of Best Friends Network Partners (Nikki Kelley, Michelle Logan, Tami Simon)
    PowerPoint  Handout 1  Handout 2
  3. Super Duper: Multiple-Group Adoption Events (Candi Crawford, Rick DuCharme)
    PowerPoint
  4. Getting to ‘Good Dog’: Overcoming Common Canine Behavior Challenges (Sherry Woodard)
    PowerPoint
  5. Alive and Thriving: Ways to Save Newborn Kittens (Kristi Brooks, Nicole Swartzlander)
    PowerPoint 1  PowerPoint 2
  6. Granted: Identifying, Applying for and Managing Grant Funds (Mandy Pearce)
    PowerPoint
  7. Make It Sparkle: Upgrading and Polishing Your Website (Eve Simon)
    PowerPoint
  8. Strong on Top: Building and Engaging a Board of Directors (Sandy Rees)
    PowerPoint  Handout

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