Call for Programs

Programs are now being accepted for consideration of inclusion at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) on January 10-13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Submissions are being accepted for Leadership Development Sessions that cover a variety of topics and are presented in a variety of formats. The VLC Planning Committee (VLCPC) will review and consider all submissions to ensure a comprehensive and innovative program of high quality continuing education for veterinary professionals.

Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018 11:59 PM CST

About the VLC

The VLC is comprised of AVMA governance meetings, continuing education sessions focused on leadership development, and networking opportunities. Its purpose is to equip veterinary professionals at all stages of their careers for personal and professional leadership that will benefit both the individual attendee and the veterinary profession. Attendees are from all areas within the veterinary profession at various stages of their leadership journey's.

The VLC will focus on six design principles. Principles are outlined below and examples of specific Leadership Development sessions and topic areas of interest are included.

Leadership Development Sessions

Culture & Purpose: Organizations are changing their focus from profit alone to a long term value based model. Aiming to do well by doing good creates a visionary purpose that brings together stunning talent, committed shareholders, partners and communities. This formula creates profit.

Topic Examples Include but not limited to: Creating a positive, engaging culture; Team Building (in leadership); Team Building (in clinical practice); Volunteer Leadership Onboarding & Beyond; What's your role in a crisis (Sexual harassment, Emergency/disaster preparedness, Legal, Communication)

Collective Leadership: Circumstances and markets change rapidly as information flows faster. Rather than controlling through process and hierarchy, organizations can achieve better results by inspiring and empowering people at the edges to pursue the work as they see fit, creating a high degree of freedom and responsibility.

Topic Examples Include but not limited to: Horizontal (how deep) vs. vertical leadership (greater perspective, polarity, approach/mindset to leadership); Break-through leadership

Network of Teams: Technology and connectivity has increased our ability to self-organize, collaborate more. Working as a network allows us to organize with many different kinds of connections, and increased autonomy.

Topic Examples Include but not limited to: Association management training/education for Presidents/Presidents-Elect, Group Dynamics, Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsoring, Advocacy

People First: Next-stage organizations allow members the freedom to be their passionate, motivated, authentic, and diverse selves in the pursuit of tasks that fit individual interests, talents, and strengths.

Topic Examples Include but not limited to: Wellbeing; Confidence/imposter syndrome; Creating an environment where personal accountability is the norm/culture; Leadership Styles; Influence (circles of influence, developing influence)

Experiment & Adapt: Progressive organizations understand that a long-term vision is essential but the ability to adapt and experiment in ever-evolving environments is superior to the ability to create rigid short-term plans.

Topic Examples Include but not limited to: Everyday leadership – leader-centric vs. collective leadership; Entrepreneurial mindset and how to bring about change; New practice models/organizational design – redesigning new practices to be most effective; Innovations in technology

Radical Transparency: Radical transparency and leveraging technology equip team members with abundant real-time information, increasing the speed and accuracy of decisions.

Topic Examples Include but not limited to: Diversity & Inclusion; Equipping staff to be everyday leaders: Communication, Accountability, Resiliency, Feedback Model; Leadership by Example


A variety of formats will be supported. Innovation is encouraged and should be included in your submission. Definitions of preferred formats are listed below.

  • Workshop: An interactive session at which a group of people engage in intensive discussion and activity on a particular subject or project.
  • Un-Conference: A participant driven session at which the agenda is created by the attendees. An un-conference features open discussions and focuses on attendees sharing knowledge with each other.
  • Continuum of Learning/Flipped Classroom: A type of blended learning that delivers instructional content electronically prior to the conference and moves activities into the session.
  • Moth-Ignite w/ Next Steps: A storytelling session that combines multiple speakers, each providing a 5 minute talk on a subject, accompanied by 20 automatically advancing slides. For this conference, an ideal submission would include a facilitator to start and end the session tying in all presentations and providing the take home lesson(s). Note: Only 2 of the speakers must be identified at submission.
  • Other: Submissions that do not fall into one of the above should be explained in detail here. Interactivity and use of engagement tools such as in-session polling are strongly encouraged.

Submission Information

Multiple submissions will be selected for educational sessions. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and will occur over two days. Submitters will be asked for the maximum group size for their session and preferred room set-up. All requests will be carefully considered but cannot be guaranteed. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Honorarium & Travel

Speakers are eligible for up to $1,000 per session. Multiple speakers within a given session split the honorarium. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered by the AVMA including airfare, ground transportation, lodging, registration fee and meals.

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A special thank you to Zoetis for their continued support of VLC and their commitment to the veterinary profession.
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