In-depth discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion

Join us for revealing conversations and Q+A with influential animal welfare leaders, hosted by our own Mary Ippoliti-Smith. With nine (and counting!) discussions already available, you will be inspired by each speaker’s pathway to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in their daily work. When we respect and appreciate the journeys our community members have taken, we are reminded of the importance of keeping pets and people together.

Your talk really hit home how big and small barriers can make a difference for animals and people. Imagine if you hadn't kept on keeping on, and are keeping on still, how much more suffering animals would have gone through before someone else might have done what you did for shelter medicine. And as you made clear, we all still have work to do to remove those barriers.
– Augusta Farley on Dr. Lila Miller

Register now for future conversations or watch previous ones on-demand. All webcasts have closed captioning and live transcripts.

Upcoming Conversations

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Recordings

  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with James Evans and Jennifer Evans (CARE)
    Thursday, January 20
    Watch a 60-minute edition of Maddie's® Candid Conversations and Q+A with James Evans, founder of Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE), and Jennifer Evans, CARE's Chief Operating Officer.
  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with Dr. Michael J. Blackwell, DVM, MPH
    Wednesday, November 10
    Watch a 60-minute edition of Maddie's® Candid Conversations and Q+A with Dr. Michael J. Blackwell, DVM, MPH, Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity, College of Social Work, at the University of Tennessee.
  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with Allison Cardona
    Tuesday, October 20
    Watch a 30-minute edition of Maddie's® Candid Conversations and Q+A with Allison Cardona, Deputy Director of Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control.
  • Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with 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.