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Friday Program

1:45 – 3:15 PM

The Journey Guide: Advancing DEI – From Understanding to Action

Executives and elected leaders of veterinary medical associations are invited to this workshop on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in veterinary medicine. In 2021, VMAE developed Journey: A Guide for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine, designed for VMAs to incorporate DEI into their strategic framework with a menu of resources and program ideas. Participants will explore resources provided in Journey, hear multiple perspectives, engage in facilitated dialog, and develop an action plan for the next steps their organizations can take to advance DEI.

Executives are invited to bring up to two elected leaders from each VMA to this special workshop program, to be noted on the conference registration form.

3:15 – 3:50 PM

Updates:
Journey for Teams: The DEI Guide for the Veterinary Workplace
The Gender Identity Bill of Rights

Journey for Teams: A Guide for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Veterinary Workplaces
As a logical follow up to Journey, VMAE is partnering with AVMA and other stakeholders to bring a guide to the veterinary profession designed specifically for veterinary workplaces, including core DEI principles, the rationale for advancing DEI, and action steps on how DEI concepts and behaviors can be implemented in a veterinary workplace. Ralph Johnson, former CEO of VMAE and consultant on this project, will provide a brief overview and update.

Gender Identity Bill of Rights
Developed by PrideVMC, this document presents a minimum foundation to identify and eliminate discriminatory practices against transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals in the veterinary profession, including educational and employment environments. Dr. Ewan Wolff, one of the authors of the bill of rights, will provide us with a brief overview and update.

3:50 – 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Preview of VMAE | GENUS: A New Tool to Support Professional Skills Development

You will be among the first to learn about VMAE’s latest benefit designed to support VMA executives in providing their members with personal and professional development content. GENUS was developed in response to our members’ need for content similar to the Power of 10 program, but that is distributed more widely through digital means. We are partnering with rasa.io to utilize their artificial intelligence tools for content sourcing and curation, which enables both scalability and sustainability. Molly Phayer, Manager of Customer Success at rasa.io, will walk us through the platform and various ways VMAs can create continuing content streams delivered via digital newsletters in nine GENUS domains such as time management, growing revenue, and customer service.

 

Saturday Program

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM – Noon

Member Share: Exploring Topics of Common Interest

Back by popular demand, VMA executives discuss topics of common interest in an informal setting. Member Share is a chance to learn about what’s happening in other VMAs and explore solutions and approaches to similar challenges. Conference registrants will be polled in advance on their topic preferences. The Professional Development Committee has developed a list for your consideration, including such topics as the changing work environment, engaging recent graduates and members, the new world of conference management, printed vs. digital communications, managing a foundation, and much more!