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.

TRACKS
Best Friends National Conference

Fundraising in the modern age

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Powerful, proactive animal control

Best Friends National Conference

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook

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Magic marketing and creative communications

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Getting down with data

Best Friends National Conference

Shaping your no-kill community

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Lifesaving technology: Innovative solutions anyone can use - sponsored by Petco Foundation

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Save Them All: Regional working groups

Best Friends National Conference

Lighting the way to lifesaving

Wednesday, July 18
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Early conference check-in
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Member appreciation party

 

Thursday, July 19
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration open
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Continental breakfast
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Welcome session
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshop session I
 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconBarrier Breakdown: Examining Barriers to Pet Adoption (Vicki Kilmer, Raya Greenbaum)

 

Lifesaving technology: Innovative solutions anyone can use track iconDesign Thinking: How Creative Problem-Solving Can Help You Get to No-Kill (Doug Solomon)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track icon Mindful Lifesaving: Caring for Ourselves in Order to Care for Them (Dr. Linda Harper, Faith Maloney)

 

Lifesaving technology: Innovative solutions anyone can use track icon Collective Power: Learn How Crowdsourcing Can Help You Solve Problems and Save More Lives (Jon Dunn, Yaniv Snir)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track icon Next Gen Skills: What Kind of Preparation Will Our Future Leaders Need? (José Ocaño, Fraily Rodriguez)

 

Save Them All: Regional working groups track icon Fundraising Fundamentals: Where and How to Begin When You’re New to Fundraising (Stephanie Ladeira)

 

Save Them All: Regional working groups track iconCoalition Building 101: Everything You Need to Know About Creating Action-Oriented Coalitions (Arlyn Bradshaw, Kristi Brooks)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconRock Star Recruits: How to Recruit, Train and Sustain a Lifesaving Team (Zoey Knittel, Alexis Pugh)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and networking
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Power of Presence: Mindful Meditation with Cyrus Mejia
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Workshop session II
Shaping your no-kill community (part 1)

  • Great Plains: Kansas City Pet Project (Teresa Johnson) and Dubuque Regional Humane Society (Amanda Shaffer)
  • Mid-Atlantic: Memphis Animal Services (Alexis Pugh) and Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA (Angie Gunter)
  • Midwest: Gateway Pets (Jamie Case) and Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter (Mindy Naticchioni)
  • Mountain West: Santa Fe Animal Shelter (Jennifer Steketee) and Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley (Nadia Novik)
  • Northeast: Animal Rescue League of Berks County (Tom Hubric) and Brandywine SPCA (Adam Lamb)
  • Pacific: Regional Animal Services of Kings County (Nickie Ford) and Kern County Animal Services (Nicholas Cullen)
  • South Central: Austin Animal Center (Lee Ann Shenefiel) and Montgomery County Animal Shelter (Aaron Johnson)
  • Southeast: Southern Pines Animal Shelter (Ginny Sims) and Jacksonville Humane Society (Denise Deisler)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Workshop session III
Shaping your no-kill community (part 2)

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Welcome reception: Save Them All Networking Hub presented by Maddie’s Fund open

 

Friday, July 20
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. General session
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Workshop session I
 

Lifesaving technology: Innovative solutions anyone can use track icon Strut Your Money: Expert Fundraising Strategies for Strut Your Mutt (Colleen Legge)

 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track icon Adopters Welcome: Reimagining Your Pet Adoption Program (Natalie Smith) - sponsored by Pet Plan

 

Magic marketing and creative communications track iconEmail Magnified: Cutting-Edge Techniques for Growing Your Email Marketing Game (Natalie Buxton, Kate Moore)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track icon Local Harmony: How to Create Cooperative Culture and Manage Conflict Among Organizations (Karen Green)

 

Lifesaving technology: Innovative solutions anyone can use track iconMobile-Minded: How to Maximize Your Website's User Experience (Jill Williams)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconLanguage Matters: Unpacking the Term 'No-Kill’ (Marc Peralta)

 

Powerful, proactive animal control track iconComprehensive Animal Control: Best Practices for Saving Lives While Keeping Communities Safe (Lee Ann Shenefiel, Shannon Sims)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconCommon Sense for Cats: Creating Transformative Partnerships for Shelters and Communities (Christi Metropole, Ted Stevens)

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ask an expert
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Save Them All Networking Hub presented by Maddie’s Fund open
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshop session II
 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconCat Pawsitive: Creating Positive Innovation in Cat Rescue (Jackson Galaxy)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconBeyond the Shelter: Creating Mutually Beneficial Community Partnerships (Kelly Duer, Jillian Hogan)

 

Magic marketing and creative communications track iconGoogle for Nonprofits: How to Snag Thousands of Free Advertising Dollars for Your Organization (Jeff Kardatzke)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconLean on Me: Rescue Groups as Change Agents for Community Shelters (Makena Yarbrough)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconHelp Them Help You: Using Hospitality to Expand Your Lifesaving Potential (Elizabeth Jensen)

 

Getting down with data track iconFocusing Resources: Using Data to Identify Community Needs and Craft Effective Programming (Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Brent Toellner)

 

Save Them All: Regional working groups track iconDigital Lowdown: How to Harness the Power of Digital Fundraising (Sue Citro)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconNext Gen Leaders: Grooming New Leaders and Preparing Your Organization’s Succession (Denise Deisler, Tawny Hammond)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and networking
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Power of Presence: Mindful Meditation with Cyrus Mejia
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ask an expert
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop session III
 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconGoing Big with CCP: Saving More Lives with Shelter-Focused Community Cat Programs (Kirstie James, Desiree Triste-Aragon)

 

Magic marketing and creative communications track iconFinding Your Voice: How to Effectively Communicate with and for Your Community (Kristen Auerbach, Temma Martin)

 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconHeaded Home: The Latest and Greatest in Finding Homes for Adoptable Dogs  (Dr. Sheila D'Arpino, Liz Finch)

 

Magic marketing and creative communications track iconDigital Marketing Mash: 10 Things You Should Absolutely Be Doing (Kate Moore, Amy Starnes)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconHey There, Partner: Learn How the Best Friends Network Can Help You Save More Lives (Nikki Kelley, Michelle Logan)

 

Save Them All: Regional working groups track iconEnlightened Engagement: How to Effectively Cultivate and Steward Your Donors (Kim Klein)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconVitality Through Volunteers: Filling Gaps and Offsetting Costs Through Smart Volunteer Engagement (Mike Kaviani, Christi Metropole)

 

Powerful, proactive animal control track iconFresh Eyes: Becoming a Change Agent and Creating a Positive Outlook for Your Staff (Ed Jamison)

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop session IV
 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconReducing the Risk: How to Make Thoughtful, Lifesaving Decisions for At-Risk Animals (Talia Butler)

 

Magic marketing and creative communications track iconMake It Pop: Using Video and Photos to Tell Great Stories (Guinnevere Shuster)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconAll About Advocacy: Crafting Effective Community Policy and Collaborating for Change (Ledy VanKavage, Elizabeth Oreck)

 

Getting down with data track iconCRM Solutions: Choosing the Right Data Management System for Your Nonprofit (Myla Burns)

 

Save Them All: Regional working groups track iconWriting for Results: Persuasive Writing Techniques for Raising Money, Saving Lives and More (Elizabeth Doyle, Leslie Smith)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconTo Privatize or Not to Privatize: What to Consider When Your Shelter's Lifesaving Impact Is Falling Short (Brent Toellner, Rebecca Guinn)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconEnlightened Leadership: Mistakes and Mindsets That Can Make or Break Your Organization (Kristin Barney)

 

Powerful, proactive animal control track iconField-Based Lifesaving: How to Help Field Officers Avoid Bringing Animals to the Shelter (Lauren Bluestone)

3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Ask an expert
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Workshop session V
 

Powerful, proactive animal controlDeputy Lifesaver: How One Sheriff's Department Is Achieving No-Kill in Its Shelter (Dr. Sarah Boyd)

 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconFunder Insights: How to Successfully Partner with Foundations (Stephanie Macgill, moderator, Sue Cosby, Mary Ippoliti-Smith)

 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconAre We Excited Yet: Reducing Dog Reactivity and Arousal in a Shelter Environment (Dr. Carley Faughn, Mike Kaviani)

 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconCustom Kitten Nurseries: Kitten Care Programs for Shelters and Rescue Organizations (Ben Lehrer)

 

Magic marketing and creative communications track iconMasterful Content: Creating Powerful Content to Showcase Your Adoptable Animals (Heather Friedman)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconLet’s Get Together: How Rescue Groups and Municipal Shelters Can Save More Lives Together (Josh Fisher, Shelly Moore)

 

Lifesaving technology: Innovative solutions anyone can use track iconDisaster Relief: Innovative Solutions to Support Your Disaster Response and Relief Efforts (Angie Embree,Greg Lucas, David Meyer, Lars Rabbe) - sponsored by Petco Foundation

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconSolve Your Problem: Using Knowledge of Human Behavior to Find Lifesaving Solutions (Christine Exley)

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Network Partner VIP Party
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Bow Wow Film Festival

 

Saturday, July 21
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Registration open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Ask an expert

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Workshop session I
 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconThe Power of the Herd: Building Social Intelligence, Visionary Leadership, and Authentic Community Through the Way of the Horse, Part 1 (Linda Kohanov)

 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconMunicipal Medicine: Lifesaving Medical Programs for Municipal Shelter Settings (Dr Jennifer Wilcox, Michelle Figueroa)

 

Magic marketing and creative communications track iconLet ’Em Shine: The Latest and Greatest Ways to Creatively Market Adoptable Pets (Monica Frenden, Claudia Perrone)

 

Lifesaving technology: Innovative solutions anyone can use track iconDigital Lifesaving: Simple, Essential, Low-Cost Tools for Saving More Homeless Pets (Sue Citro, moderator, Amber Freiwald, April Harris, Leon Kruger, Chris Roy)

 

Save Them All: Regional working groups track iconMuni Money: Creating Development Programs for Municipal Shelters (Karen Hollish)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track icon“Healthy and Treatable”: What Does No-Kill Really Mean and What’s the Cost? (Judah Battista, Holly Sizemore)

 

Powerful, proactive animal control track iconCat Cooperative: Successfully Resolving Conflicts Over Community Cats (Scott Giacoppo, Bethany Heins)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconHere to Help: How One Texas Shelter Is Turning Things Around Through Trust and Partnership (Amy Kohlbecker, Rebecca Woodruff)

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

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconThe Power of the Herd: Building Social Intelligence, Visionary Leadership, and Authentic Community Through the Way of the Horse, Part 2 (Linda Kohanov)

 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconMovin’ on Out: How to Save More Lives by Reducing Length of Stay (Teresa Johnson, Brent Toellner)

 

Getting down with data track iconVisualize It: How Data Visualization Can Help You Unlock Your Lifesaving Potential (Mike Greenburg, Nikki Kelley)

 

Lifesaving technology: Innovative solutions anyone can use track iconNo-Kill Applications: Using New Tools and Technologies to Solve Lifesaving Problems (Jessica Schleder)

 

Save Them All: Regional working groups track iconAdvanced Grants: How to Take Your Grant Program to the Next Level (Stephanie Macgill, Patricia Tolbert)

 

Save Them All: Regional working groups track iconSocial Money: Effective and Creative Social Media Fundraising (Jessie Earl)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconInside NKLA: Highs, Lows and Lifesaving Lessons from No-Kill Los Angeles (Aimee Gilbreath, Kaylee Hawkins)

 

Powerful, proactive animal control track iconManaged Chaos: How to Effectively Manage Open Admissions to Maximize Lifesaving (Josh Fisher)

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Ask an expert
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Save Them All Networking Hub presented by Maddie’s Fund open
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and networking
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Power of Presence: Mindful Meditation with Cyrus Mejia
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop session III
 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconFrom Formal to Functional: Using Comprehensive Information to Effectively Assess Animals (Dr. Carley Faughn)

 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconFoster-Fabulous: How to Create Long-Term Lifesaving with Short-Term Foster Homes (Kristen Auerbach, Kelly Duer)

 

Adoptions and animal care: A lifesaving playbook track iconHittin’ the Road: Effective, Lifesaving Transport for Homeless Pets (Heather Cammisa) - sponsored by Bobs from Skechers

 

Shaping your no-kill community track iconFrom Volunteer to Voice: Engaging Volunteers in Powerful, Impactful Ways (Jay Garrett)

 

Shaping your no-kill community track icon#AllTheCats: What's Next for the Million Cat Challenge (Dr. Kate Hurley)

 

Save Them All: Regional working groups track iconConversion, Baby: Raising Money by Making Your Website Work for You (Amy Starnes)

 

Lighting the way to lifesaving track iconMending the Break: How to Effectively Rebuild a Fractured Team (Makena Yarbrough)

 

Powerful, proactive animal control track iconProactive Practice: Using Data and Outreach to Strategically Allocate Resources (Scott Giacoppo)

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.

Yaps and Apps social

 

Sunday, July 22

Optional side trips to visit NKLA Pet Adoption Center, Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills or Found Animals Adopt and Shop

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