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Scholarships Opportunities

  • Thanks to the ASPCA’s Northern Tier Shelter Initiative, organizations located in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, or Wisconsin can apply for scholarships to cover the costs of attending our seminars. To get more details or apply for a scholarship, email [email protected]!

Seminar Schedule

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Seminar Descriptions

To register or get more information about our Seminar Series, email us today!

Beyond Spay/Neuter: Why You Need a Low-Cost Healthy Pet Clinic & How to Build It

In many communities the model of providing spay/neuter, possibly with an optional vaccine or two and a microchip included at the time of surgery, is no longer enough. In this seminar, Emancipet will provide participants with lessons learned, best practices and budgeting tools for adding and managing low-cost vet care to your organizations services. The inclusion of an affordable public “Healthy Pet” clinic component at many shelters and spay/neuter organizations would begin to close the gap in services to lower income and underserved families. The benefits of offering these services are myriad, and their inclusion into communities in need will increase the basic level of pet health literacy, in many cases effectively keeping healthier animals in happier homes. The seminar is limited to 14 attendees per session.

Who Should Attend: Medical directors, executive directors, CEOs, COOs, and senior managers of spay/neuter clinics or shelters.

Upcoming Dates: March 21-22, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here!

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Big Impact: Designing Thinking for Social Change Makers

Same old, same old not working so well anymore? Feel like your organization or its programs are somehow disconnected from or failing to reach the people you’re most wanting to serve? Worried about the pace of change and your organization’s capacity to stay relevant and impactful? Then these two-and-a-half days were designed for you.

As we pioneer programs, services, and messages for new populations, especially lower-income and under-served pet owners, we have the opportunity to create real and lasting social change — to completely transform our communities’ attitudes and behavior patterns when it comes to pet care and critical issues like spay/neuter. However, in order to be effective in this work, we need to deepen our understanding of the art and science of social change by learning from other movements and social innovation strategies.

Starting with an introduction to the principles and tools of social change theory, this seminar will transition to both an overview – and a real-time implementation of – the powerful concepts and tools of design thinking(human/user-centered design). We’ll explore the shifting landscape of animal welfare – with a focus on the increased demand for accessible and affordable services for the owned pets in our communities.

Who Should Attend: Ideally, a team of 2 to 3 people from your organization that includes some combination of your Executive Director, CEO, COO, department heads, team leads, or senior managers. Solo attendees are welcome, and should be prepared to be grouped with others to take advantage of peer consultation and synergy.

If any of these sound familiar, this might be the seminar for you:

  • You’re dedicated to maximizing impact and believe that serving your community well is an obligation of a donor, tax-payer, or grant funded operation.
  • You’ve been concerned at one time or another that perhaps your organization hasn’t evolved with the changing needs of your community.
  • You want to bring a fresh perspective to existing programs or to new challenges and opportunities faced by your organization.

Upcoming Dates: June 23-25, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! Early Bird Pricing available through 4/15/19.

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Community Outreach for Social Change: Effective Engagement Strategies for Spay/Neuter

Between walking 10 miles a day knocking on doors and making human (and animal!) connections in their communities, our outreach specialists are in shape, in love with what they do, and excited to share about their experiences in the field. In this one day seminar, developed specifically for “boots on the ground” spay/neuter and veterinary care outreach specialists, attendees will learn the tried and true practices that have worked for Emancipet and other leading organizations, as well as hear about some of the mistakes we have made and lessons we have learned from them along the way. We will spend time talking about WHERE to be, WHAT to say, and HOW to say it.

Attendees will receive information about:

  • what services to offer for maximum efficacy
  • choosing communities to serve and making inroads there
  • pet owners who have not sought out spay/neuter or vet care for their pets and what the barriers are
  • how people make decisions about new messages
  • road tested tactics for reaching clients who are not seeking your services
  • verbal and non-verbal communication techniques
  • effective messaging

Attendees will watch short videos and participate in fun, interactive activities that will immediately improve their confidence and ability to discuss important issues and form a connection with all kinds of pet owners – from those who believe that they already have the information that they need, to those who are eager to learn.

Who Should Attend: Outreach program managers, spay/neuter outreach professionals, community engagement specialists, community advocates including anyone who is frequently working in underserved communities and talking to about spay/neuter and veterinary care.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

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Courageous Leadership: Managing Change & Making a Difference

The idea that leaders are born and not made? Well that’s just hooey. Sure, some folks are more inclined to exercise leadership than others. But the idea that it’s because they were born to be leaders ignores the fact that a.) leadership is a practice – an exercise – not a title, role, or position, and b.) what we often confuse for leadership is actually the exchange of power (for service) better known as authority. Is charisma a useful tool? You bet. Can strong public speaking skills move people? Of course. Are either of those things the exercise or practice of leadership? Not even a little bit.

Over the course of two-and-a-half days, we’ll explore these ideas, rumble with our our hang ups and resistance, and work on a definition of leadership that resonates for ourselves. We’ll bring case studies to the table and consult with our peers to dig into our own real-life leadership challenges, and we’ll spend time acknowledging and grappling with the risks and dangers associated with practicing real leadership. You’ll emerge with powerful new insights, skills, and readiness to manage change, tackle wicked problems, and exercise thoughtful and effective leadership with courage and caring.

Who Should Attend: Executive directors, C-Suite executives, senior staff, and individuals interested in a deep dive into a theory of leadership that’s about progress and not personality.

If any of these sound familiar, this might be the seminar for you:

  • Are you someone who’s been called a “leader” but has ever doubted that you’re “doing it right?”
  • Have you ever had direct reports or staff look to you for an answer or direction and feel like anything other than certainty and taking charge would be unacceptable (or even risky)?
  • Have you ever worried that you’re not charming, articulate, or outgoing/outspoken enough to ever be the “leader” you want to be – even though you’ve held positions of authority for years?
  • Are you someone that’s dedicated to growth, change, impact, and doing good work in the service of others?

Upcoming Dates: TBD

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Customer Service for Social Change: How to Talk About Spay/Neuter Effectively

One of the biggest questions people ask us is “How do you convince people to spay or neuter their pets?” Most often, it’s less about what you say than how you say it! This one-day seminar is for any staff member of an organization who routinely discusses the importance of spay/neuter and veterinary care with pet owners and wants to improve their communication skills and confidence in having “the conversation.” The session will empower attendees by spending time both on WHAT to say, and HOW to say it.

Attendees will receive updated, clear, and factual information about:

  • research about pet owners who have not yet altered their pets and what the barriers are
  • the true medical benefits and risks or “myths and facts” about the procedure
  • the facts about pediatric spay/neuter and its benefits
  • the current state of animal homelessness in the US

The rest of the seminar will focus on the “how” – communication techniques, effective messaging, non-verbal communication, and forming a connection with pet owners to make space for the conversation. Attendees participate in fun, interactive activities that immediately improve their confidence and ability to discuss this important issue with all kinds of pet owners – from those who already believe in spay/neuter to those who have never sought it out. They will come back to their clinics re-energized about their work, and as more informed spay/neuter advocates and more effective, compassionate communicators overall.

Who Should Attend: Customer service, technicians, anyone talking to potential clients about spay/neuter.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

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Great Culture, Great Results: Building & Sustaining Healthy Organizations from the Inside Out

Peter Drucker is famously thought to have said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” We couldn’t agree more with the sentiment. Time and again we’ve witnessed and experienced the reality of the internal culture of an organization impacting its capacity to deliver on strategy and mission. It’s no wonder that unhealthy culture leads to disengaged staff, higher turnover, and unhappy clients – all of which make it difficult for an organization to stay focused on goals and program priorities. On the other hand, healthy culture fuels the fire of mission and makes the seemingly impossible become believably possible (and more fun). This two-day seminar engages participants in the exploration of specific tools and systems that can be put to use right away in order to assess and increase employee engagement, successfully hire for culture fit and values alignment, manage for a healthy workplace culture, and even help people that are in the wrong position move on from the organization compassionately.

Who Should Attend: Executive Directors, CEOs, COOs, and senior managers of any animal welfare organization with an interest in building and sustaining a healthy culture or who have struggled with any of the challenges listed above.

If any of these sound familiar, this might be the seminar for you:

  • Your employee turnover is higher than Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  • You’ve recently thought “fingers crossed” about a new hire that you were unsure about.
  • Alliances among staff change more frequently than in an episode of Game of Thrones.
  • You blew your yearly pizza budget in 4 months because it’s the only thing that seems to make staff happy – and it doesn’t last very long.

Upcoming Dates: March 25-26, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! Last day to register is 3/15/19.

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More Money, More Mission: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

This interactive seminar is aimed at ED’s and development professionals seeking to jump-start their organization’s fundraising. In this workshop, we’ll make the case that successful philanthropy involves everyone at a non-profit, from frontline veterinary technicians to Executive Directors to operations staff, and we will share exercises intended to engage staff at every level of the organization. Participants will learn how to establish an intentional, organization-wide fundraising culture focused on creating transformative donor experiences that help to engage and retain donors. We will also discuss “traditional” animal welfare fundraising, and offer strategies for refreshing your fundraising campaigns with optimistic, empowered language, by teaching a new approach to story-telling for animal welfare leaders.

Who Should Attend: Fundraisers, executive directors, board members, anyone with fundraising program oversight.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

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Next Generation Leadership: Creating & Holding Space for Success

(formerly Next Generation Leadership: Skills for Emerging Leaders)

There’s no question that effective leadership is critical to the future of animal welfare. As our field evolves, organizations and people who nimbly manage change will realize greater impact, a more engaged workforce, and increased progress toward achieving their mission. By understanding and exercising adaptive leadership, managers, directors, and executives can position their teams and organizations for new levels of success. This seminar is for any leader and any organization that wants that edge. Participants will explore the concept of leadership as a practice, will tackle the distinctions between leadership and authority, and will leave equipped with a deeper understanding of how to harness their strengths and focus on hard to solve challenges. Our facilitators and content design will provide the opportunity to learn and practice new skills in people management, servant leadership, and change management.

Who Should Attend: Anyone on a management career track, experienced managers, and folks eager to expand their skills and deepen their understanding of leadership concepts and principles.

If any of these sound familiar, this might be the seminar for you:

  • You’ve always thought leadership was about charisma and personality, but you’re beginning to wonder if there’s more to the equation.
  • You can easily define what leadership isn’t, but have a harder time clearly articulating what it is.
  • You’re a pretty good manager of people, and you’re ready to step up your game and start managing change.

Upcoming Dates: June 20-21, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! Early Bird Pricing available through 4/15/19.

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So, You’re a Manager Now: Tools to Become a Better Supervisor

You’re great at your job. People like you. Things are changing. And voila! You’re a manager now. Sound familiar? Lots of us have been there – some recently and some more than a few moons ago. The missing element in our path? Training! And that’s why this seminar exists. These two days arefor folks who are new to managing people or who’ve been at it for awhile but are yearning for a little skills refresh. We’ll spend a little time distinguishing between formal and informal authority, and then lean in to develop practical skills to make your life – and the lives of those you work with – better.

Participants will explore and practice skills and tools to communicate more clearly, deliver effective and useful feedback, assess employee engagement, and meet the needs of direct reports in meaningful ways.

Who Should Attend: Anyone on a management career track, new managers, and folks who’ve been supervising or managing for years and are eager to refresh or expand their skills.

If any of these sound familiar, this might be the seminar for you:

  • You’ve got subject matter expertise in the day-to-day of your job, but you’re totally winging it when it comes to supervising staff.
  • The idea of giving feedback makes you want to hide in the mop closet.
  • You’ve got direct reports who were once peers (or friends!)
  • You’re committed to helping the people who report to you do and be their very best.

Upcoming Dates: May 16-17, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! Last day to register is 4/30/2019.

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Turn Up the Volume: Safely Increasing Clinic Efficiency & Capacity

This two-day seminar will teach veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and clinic operations managers how to increase their spay/neuter efficiency and volume without sacrificing quality and safety. The seminar will include time in the clinic and in a classroom setting, and will provide step-by-step, actionable plans for increasing efficiency and volume. Participants will walk away with a complete toolkit for implementing changes back at their clinics. The seminar is limited to 14 attendees per session.

Who Should Attend: Spay/neuter clinic management, senior vet techs, and veterinarians.

Upcoming Dates: May 30-31, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! Last day to register is 4/26/19.

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Veterinarian to Leader: Leadership Skills for Medical Directors

This seminar was designed specifically for veterinarians (whether they are new grads, Medical Directors, or anywhere in between) and zeroes in on the unique leadership challenges they face. It will allow them to put aside veterinary and technical issues for two days and focus in on what it takes to provide outstanding leadership to a team, including communication skills, self-awareness, collaborative decision making, conflict negotiation, and the essential practices of servant leadership. The small group setting provides a fun and safe environment for participants to improve their skills and connect with like-minded colleagues. The seminar is RACE Approved for 15.5 CE credits.

Who Should Attend: Veterinarians on a leadership or management career track.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

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