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 Ariel Zhang
    Tuesday, April 27 at 12pm PST /3pm EST
    Join us for an open, informal 30-minute conversation and Q+A with Ariel Zhang, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Animal Foundation. Hosting the talk is Mary Ippoliti-Smith, one of Maddie's Fund's executive leadership team members.

    As a young immigrant who moved across multiple continents and countries, Ariel watched her parents work hard to start something better for their family. They had no roots or connections in the US but that made Ariel recognize, in her words, a "world of opportunities." But those came at a steep price - one that forged Ariel's determined drive for compassion among humans and animals.

    Come away inspired to promote lifesaving by engaging your local community through global language. Afterwards, continue the conversation with the speaker on Maddie's® Pet Forum.

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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.

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