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. Jyothi Robertson
    Tuesday, May 25 at 12pm PST /3pm EST
    Join us for an open, informal 30-minute conversation and Q+A with Dr. Jyothi Robertson, President and Founder of JVR Shelter Strategies. Hosting the talk is Mary Ippoliti-Smith, one of Maddie's Fund's executive leadership team members.

    In her well-established career, Dr. Robertson has consulted on organizational structure and processes in the animal welfare field. Internationally recognized as a specialist in shelter medicine, she examines societal and race dynamics that influence policy choices that impact access to veterinary care and the overall success of lifesaving efforts.

    Her most recent passion project has been the development of Journey You Own, a platform for weaving spirituality and awareness through highlighting social injustice, animal welfare, the climate crisis, and education reform.

    In this discussion with Maddie's Fund Executive Leadership Team member Mary Ippoliti-Smith, Dr. Robertson postulates how different fields (environment, education, etc.) are interwoven, and that relying on an animal-centric focus keeps us from examining some of the systemic, root causes of the issues we face. Her focus on how to bring new conversations to animal welfare that lead to more diversity, inclusion, equity will offer a fresh perspective on how an individual may face multiple types of overlapping discrimination and how that affects our work and success.

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

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    Watch the Recording