Future Leaders and Veterinary Leadership Conference = SUCCESS!

Welcome to the first blogging effort by members of the AVMA Future Leaders Program (FLP)!  For those not familiar with the program, the FLP is a new AVMA initiative to promote involvement and recruitment of potential leaders among AVMA members who have graduated from veterinary school within the past fifteen years. The current class is composed of ten individuals from all spectrums of our profession and representing various regions of the country. Each of us are honored to be selected for the program and are excited about our plans for promoting veterinary leadership at the national convention in San Diego (to be announced soon).

Our initial gathering in August 2011 was productive as we established the framework for our leadership initiatives for the 2011-2012 program year. The Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC), held every January in Chicago, provided the second opportunity for members of the inaugural FLP team to gather for additional brain-storming and further development of our ideas for supporting leadership involvement among recent graduates within our profession. We were successful in coordinating the attendance of all ten members, where we enjoyed unseasonably warm Chicago weather. Multiple conference calls, emails, and text messages had occurred over the four months since our August meeting, and our group was excited to be reunited in person last week. A combination of emerging leaders events, Veterinary Leadership Experience sessions, productive discussions, and developing friendships made for a fantastic few days!

Five of us will be chronicling our experiences as a part of the Future Leaders Program – please watch for additional posts! As always, feel free to contact any of the Future Leaders with questions.

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