2018 Annual Conference – Accepting Speaker Proposals

The 2018 NEFHS Conference is in:

The New England Federation of Humane Societies (NEFHS) is currently seeking speakers for our 73rd Annual Conference, taking place April 7-9, 2018 in Nashua, NH.

Proposal Topics This year we are encouraging speakers to focus presentations on the theme of “A New Frontier: Listening, Learning, Evolving”. While we welcome proposals for any topic related to animal welfare and nonprofit business, there are specific topics identified as desirable by our attendees.

Requested topics include:


  • Executive
    • Communicating with donors
    • Financial Statements, Overhead, and more
    • Policies and liabilities
    • Succession planning and hiring from within
    • Fundraising: major gifts, planned giving, etc.
  • Public Relations
    • Communicating our new message/missions/changes/trends to the public
    • Innovative tools for increasing community engagement
    • Listening to our community
  • Management
    • Volunteer management and retention
      • Opening doors between staff and volunteers
    • How to lead your team
    • Staff happiness and motivation
      • Emotional resilience (inclusive to all staff: front line, supervisors, management, etc)
    • Onboarding new employees
      • HR/Labor Laws
      • Creating a positive team culture
      • Data, what to collect and how to use it
  • Veterinary Medicine (for shelter staff)
    • New ways to address herd health
    • Listening and responding to community needs
    • Beyond the basics: working with FIV, FeLV and more
    • The evolution of shelter medicine and the impact on animal welfare today
  • Operations
    • Best practices – housing, length of stay, capacity for care, etc (dogs, cats, and/or small animals)
    • Innovative adoption programs
    • Disease management and transmission
    • Breakthroughs in enrichment and behavior management
    • Working with challenging dogs and/or cats
    • Listening to and learning from our clients
    • Building relationships with law enforcement
    • Innovative uses for brick and mortar facilities
    • Fostering relationships between shelters and rescues

Audience The NEFHS Annual Conference regularly draws an average of 300 animal welfare professionals and volunteers from all six New England States as well as around the U.S. and Canada. Our audience ranges from those new to the field to seasoned animal welfare professionals. When creating a proposal, speakers should have a specific audience in mind, in terms of both role (animal care, adoptions, senior management, fundraising, etc.) and experience (new to more experienced).

To be considered as a speaker, programs must:

  • Be educational in nature; sales presentations will not be accepted.
  • Should be current and original (with appropriate credit/citations for content that is not your own).
  • Last 90 minutes, including an opportunity for questions and answers; may include consecutive related sessions.

*Number of speakers need to be submitted with the proposal. The addition of presenters after the proposal has been received will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Lodging and Attendance In order to encourage and support conference participation, we are committed to maintaining the lowest registration fee possible. Conference admission on the day you are speaking and conference meals are complimentary for invited speakers. This offer specifically excludes stand-alone programming and events. Lodging may be provided, as needed, the day of or before presenting and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Proposals can be submitted here and must be received by August 1, 2017 to be considered for the 2018 conference. Proposals received after this date will be considered as programming space allows. You will receive notification of the status of your proposal by November 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Program chair, Karina King, at kking@dakinhumane.org.

 

The RFP proposal details are also in this link: NEFHS 2018 RFP

Please share the RFP freely!

 

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