Keynote Speaker


Colette Carlson is a human behavior expert and keynote speaker who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Janet

Former professor, researcher, clinician, and registered nurse, Dr. Janet Lapp has inspired over 2,000 audiences around the world to adopt a ChangeFit™ leadership mindset, equipping them with the skills to lead others through disruptive change.

Keynote Speaker

Adam “Smiley”

Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert, internationally renowned keynote speaker, and bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters (Penguin Random House, 2016).

Dr. Jan

Dr. Bellows practices companion animal medicine, surgery and dentistry at ALL PETS DENTAL, in Weston Florida.

Dr. Michael J.

A life of public service is what exemplifies Dr. Michael Blackwell. Like his father, he earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee University. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University.


Dan Bruder helps executive leaders build successful organizations as CEO of Fusion Dynamics Group, an advisory firm focused on strategic planning, leadership development, company culture and organizational communication.


Randy Hall has worked with organizations of all sizes from Fortune 25 businesses to small and midsize organizations to help them effectively execute change, develop leaders, engage employees, and reach more of their potential.


YuJung Kim is President of The Dodo, the largest digital destination for animal content. The Dodo produces and distributes emotionally compelling and entertaining videos across the full spectrum of animals, from pets to wildlife.

Dr. Justine

Dr. Justine Lee is a board-certified veterinary specialist in both emergency critical care (DACVECC) and toxicology (DABT). She is the founder and CEO of VETgirl; a subscription-based podcast and webinar service offering RACE-approved, online veterinary continuing education.

Dr. Melinda

Dr. Melinda Merck is the owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas, providing expert services in cases of animal cruelty and training for veterinary, attorney and law enforcement professionals nationally and internationally.

Miles, DVM

Owner–Compassionate Care Animal Hospital


Abhay is responsible for leading global strategic initiatives, as well as identifying major growth areas and business model innovation opportunities at Zoetis.

Dr. Karen

Dr. Karen Parker is a veterinarian with more than a decade of companion animal general and emergency practice experience as well as management experience in the veterinary field and other fields.


Craig Spinks is a seasoned video producer who specializes in veterinary video production and emotional marketing. The company he co-founded in 2017, Veteos, has quickly become the go-to resource for veterinary video production.

Mary Beth
Spitznagel PhD

Mary Beth Spitznagel PhD, completed her degree in clinical psychology at Ohio University (2003) with a postdoctoral fellowship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2005). Specializing in neuropsychology, she started her research career studying caregiver burden in family members of dementia patients.

Stone, PhD

Deborah Stone owns and operates Stone Veterinary Practice Management (StoneVPM) and VetWorldMedia based in Austin, Texas. She has been involved with the veterinary profession for nearly thirty years and has experience in specialty, emergency and general practice management.

Dr. Elizabeth

Dr. Elizabeth Strand is the Founding Director of Veterinary Social Work (VSW) at the University of Tennessee Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Social Work. She is an experienced family therapist, Grief Recovery Specialist, and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher.

Jason Stull,

Jason Stull, VMD, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM is an Assistant Professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Over the past 9 years, he has served on the infection control committees for three veterinary schools, also as an infection control practitioner.

Jeff Thoren,

As a creative, independent thinker, Jeff brings new ideas, novel approaches, and unconventional solutions to both individual and organizational clients.

Peg Thoren,
M.Ed., BCC

Peg Thoren, M.Ed., BCC is a Team and Leadership Coach with Gifted Leaders. She coaches and consults with companies in the areas of enhancing positive team dynamics, increasing essential communication, identifying individuals’ gifts and strengths, and building positive work cultures.

Des Whittall,
BEng (Hons)

MacIntyre Veterinary Group