Managing for Success: Career Development

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MSCD Lorikeet

Off-the-job training for on-the-job effectiveness!

February 3-8, 2014
Oglebay Resort
Wheeling, WV


Please note, payment is now due at the time of registration. Please do not submit a registration form without payment, as it will not be processed.

To pay by check or purchase order:
Download the MSCD COURSE REGISTRATION FORM and return by mail with check or purchase order

To pay by credit card:
You can now register and pay online with a credit card! Just log in to our new website. Non-members can log in too after creating an account. After logging in, choose "Upcoming Events" from the menu on the left. Next, click on the title of the event for which you would like to register. Finally, choose "Event Registration" from the options at the top and complete the registration process. When registering online, there is no need to submit the registration form.

Course Description

Managing for Success: Career Development examines management disciplines with emphasis on their application to zoos and aquariums. Participants will receive practical tools and skills to take back to their institutions to apply at their level, including an increased network of resources and heightened leadership skills. 

Tuition & Expenses

Early Bird Rates:
$850 for AZA Individual Members
$950 for Non-members
Regular Rates:
$950 for AZA Individual Members 
$1050 for Non-members  

Early bird registration deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date
Final Registration deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date

The AZA registration fee above covers only tuition for the course. Other expenses include hotel, travel, and meals. For more information about costs and logistics for courses hosted by Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV, visit our Wheeling Courses Travel Information page.

Scholarship funding is available through a competitive process.


Optional Fees:

$20 for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) - this option is available to anyone
$1,000 for graduate credit as a student in George Mason University's Zoo & Aquarium Leadership program
$1,480.75 for graduate credit as an in-state (Virginia) student not enrolled in George Mason University
$3,427.00 for graduate credit as an out-of-state student not enrolled in George Mason University

Target Audience

This course is designed for supervisory level employees and those who aspire to that level, up to and including middle managers. Any level manager new to the industry will also benefit.   


None.  Sequential completion of Managing for Success: Career Development and Managing for Success: Organizational Development is recommended but not required. Priority will be given to individuals associated with AZA accredited institutions. If you are not employed by a zoo or aquarium, please submit a letter describing your interest in taking the course; instructors will then determine whether the class would suit your needs.  

Course Registration

Checks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices.  Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance email or waitlist email once acceptance decisions are made. Please note that if your institution pays for your tuition, then your institution director will receive notification of your achievement upon successful completion of the course. 

Travel & Accommodations

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest airport. Airport Limousine Plus and First Class Limo provide a shuttle service between PIT and the hotel.

Course participants stay at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and classes meet on-site.

Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.

Course Topics & Instructors

  • Personal Goal Setting
  • Recruiting
  • Interviewing and Hiring
  • Employment Law
  • Performance Management
  • Motivation
  • Organizational Structure and Governance
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing and Trends
  • Introduction to Conservation
  • Revenue Producing Activities
  • Development and Membership
  • Sponsorships
  • Guest Service
  • Volunteers
  • Conservation Education
  • Introduction to AZA
  • Budgeting
  • Diversity
  • Understanding Personalities
  • Government Affairs
  • Storytelling

Scott Barton, Executive Director
Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Chris Gentile, Director
Western North Carolina Nature Center

Tara Henson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Oklahoma City Zoo

Steve Marshall, Director
El Paso Zoo

Steve Olson, VP of Government Affairs
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Patty Peters, Associate Zoo Director - Community Relations
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Robert Ramin, Executive Director
Washington Animal Rescue League

Steve Thompson, Ph.D., Sr. VP of Conservation Programs
Lincoln Park Zoo

Alan Varsik, Assistant Director
Oklahoma City Zoo

Tony Vecchio, Executive Director
Jacksonville Zoo

Kris Vehrs, Executive Director
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Training Department or call (301) 562-0777 ext 251.