In-depth discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion

Join us for a brand-new series of open, informal 30-minute conversations and Q+A with various DEI leaders, hosted by our own Mary Ippoliti-Smith. Learn and be inspired by each speaker’s journey promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in their daily work.  Come away with ideas to keep more people and pets together through respect and appreciation as valuable members of your community.

Register now for future conversations or watch previous ones on-demand.

Upcoming Conversations

  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with Dr. Lila Miller
    Tuesday, August 24 from 12 - 1pm Pacific / 3 - 4pm Eastern
    Join us for a 60-minute edition of Maddie's® Candid Conversations where we will be talking with groundbreaking and trailblazing visionary Dr. Lila Miller.

    Afterwards, continue the conversation with the speaker on Maddie's® Pet Forum.

    In 1977, Dr. Lila Miller was one of the first two African American women to ever graduate from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In a career spanning 42 years, Dr. Miller transformed the lives of countless pets, developing the first veterinarian-written guidelines for shelter animal care, which are now used in shelters across the country to ensure the humane treatment of shelter pets. Throughout, she’s educated a generation of students about issues shelters face and has paved the way for women of color in veterinary medicine.

    As the recipient of the 2021 Avanzino Leadership Award for her bold ideas and innovative work in the field of veterinary shelter medicine, it is no wonder she is the mother of shelter medicine.


  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation Special Edition with Gabrielle Chapman & Justin Marceau
    Thursday, June 3
    Watch a special, 45-minute edition of Maddie's® Candid Conversation where we will be talked with Justin Marceau, author of Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment. Gabrielle Chapman, a social justice analyst, facilitated the conversation and shared ways we can more effectively support companion animals and their families.
  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with Dr. Jyothi Robertson
    Tuesday, May 25
    Watch an open, informal 30-minute conversation and Q+A with Dr. Jyothi Robertson, President and Founder of JVR Shelter Strategies.
  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with Ariel Zhang
    Tuesday, April 27
    Watch an open, informal 30-minute conversation and Q+A with Ariel Zhang, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Animal Foundation.
  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with Ed Jamison
    Tuesday, March 23
    Watch an open, informal 30-minute conversation and Q+A with Ed Jamison, Director of Dallas Animal Services, hosted by our own Mary Ippoliti-Smith.