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How a shelter in poverty-stricken Appalachia inspired change in the unlikeliest of places, and how you can, too. This presentation was given at the Maddie's® Pet Project "Saving Nevada's Pets" conference and made possible by the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation and supported by Maddie's Fund®.
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Under Chelsea Staley's leadership, Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association's save rate has climbed from 31% to greater than 90%; charitable contributions have tripled; and the workforce has grown from less than ten employees to more than fifty. Her management strategy of "getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus and the right people in the right seats" is a discipline outlined in Jim Collins' Good to Great.
Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association was awarded the Petco Foundation Paul Jolly Compassion Award for its response to historic flooding in rural, poverty-stricken Appalachia, and Chelsea has received several awards for her lifesaving work, including being named as one of WV Focus' Wonder Women and Glamour's Women of the Year.
She is a marketing professional by trade, and an alumna of West Virginia University and University of Charleston's Graduate School of Business where she earned a Master of Business Administration and Leadership in 2010. Staley lives in Clendenin, West Virginia with her six dogs.