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 Allison Cardona,
    Wednesday, October 20 from 12pm PT / 3pm ET
    Join us for an open, informal 30-minute conversation and Q+A with Allison Cardona, Deputy Director of Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control.

    In this discussion with Maddie's Fund Executive Leadership Team member Mary Ippoliti-Smith, Allison speaks of overcoming her own experiences with systemic bias and what she sees as initial steps we can take to widen diversity, equity and inclusion in our field while strengthening the human-animal bond.

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

    This meeting will be recorded.

Recordings

  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation Akisha Townsend Eaton
    Tuesday, September 14
    Watch a 30-minute edition of Maddie's® Candid Conversations and Q+A with Akisha Townsend Eaton, Managing Attorney in the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) Pro Bono Program.
  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation Dr. Lila Miller
    Tuesday, August 24
    Watch a 60-minute edition of Maddie's® Candid Conversations where we will be talked with groundbreaking and trailblazing visionary Dr. Lila Miller.
  • 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.