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LIVEStream Agenda

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The following schedule of concurrent sessions was broadcasted live from Baltimore, Maryland (Eastern time), Tuesday, August 30 - Thursday, September 1.

 Animal Management, Health & Welfare  Development & Membership Volunteer & Intern Engagement
 Aquarium Affairs  Education Workplace Culture, Engagement, & Professional Development
 Business Operations  Public Relations/Marketing Trends & More
Tuesday, August 30
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EST Opening General Session
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
People Power! Strategies for Integrating People into Conservation Programs

Operations + Conservation + Exhibit Design: Creating a Revenue Anchor at the Heart of the Houston Zoo

Keeping Elephants in the Room: Let’s Optimize Our Elephants’ Health, Wellness and Reproductive Sustainability Today, To Secure Their Future in North America

Leadership from the Top: Today’s Reality, Tomorrow’s Possibility, and Bold Vision for the Future

Strategic Cultural Development – Intentional Change From Every Angle
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Improving Animal Transport - Thinking Outside The Crate

The Evolution of Ambassador Animal Programs
The Importance of Creating a Dynamic Stewardship Program for Donors and Members
Building Marketing Buzz for New Animals and Habitats


Acute to Chronic: Addressing Climate Change through Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST  
Red, Blue, and Green: How Aquariums Can Communicate Effectively to Build Support for Conservation Action Across the Nation and Across Party Lines

The Reimagination of AZA’s Animal Programs - Updates and Testimonials

The Next Phase of Conservation Work at Zoos and Aquariums: Monitoring and Evaluation

On the Boards


Does Your Zoo or Aquarium Have a Culture of Conservation?
Wednesday, August 31
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM EST General Session
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST
Growing Legacy Giving

An Introduction to AZA Strategic Framework for the Wellbeing of Animals

Recruiting For Diversity And Inclusion

Small Footprint, Large Impact


Better Together: Stories of Educators Working with AZA Conservation & Animal Programs to Save Species
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM EST Honors & Awards Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Tools for Examining and Influencing Visitor Outcomes

Finding the right fit: Exhibit design and welfare effects in understudied species

Going Farther Together: Reimagining the role of communities in conservation
Sensory Inclusion - How can Zoos and Aquariums Welcome All?

Leading with Empathy Through Mental Health Resources for Zoo & Aquarium Professionals
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST
Let’s Get this Party Studied: Animal Welfare at Zoo and Aquarium Events

Public Relations for Non-PR People

Empathy for Wildlife: Bridging Science and Social-Emotional Learning in Education for the Benefit of Communities and Nature

What's New in Exhibit Design


Good Intentions, Setbacks and Success: The DEAI Journey
Thursday, September 1
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EST
Prevention is Better than Cure: Interdepartmental Collaboration with Medical Training

Challenging Times for Staff Acquisition and Retention: Ideas and Strategies for the Present and Future

Effective partnerships: engaging community stakeholders through SAFE programs

Women in Leadership: Men’s Voices—Advocate, Ally, Apathetic, or Antagonist?

Putting DEAI Values Into Practice: We See You. We Hear You. All of You.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST '
Universal or Species Specific Welfare Assessments? What Works and Why

Unique Topics in Education

Collaborating for Conservation - Successes, Lessons and Opportunities with 30x30

Making your safe zoo or aquarium safer through a culture of safety

Leveraging Our Purchasing Power to Help the Planet

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