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Past Webinars

Membership and Fundraising

Navigating Fundraising and Membership in a Post-Pandemic Era

Can fundraising make my life easier? Am I always supposed to be asking for money? How can I grow my membership program? Are emerging economic challenges creating uncertainty? When is the right time for a capital campaign? The AZA Advancement Committee is presenting a Webinar to answer these questions and more. Philanthropic giving has consistently risen over the past 60+ years in the US. The Advancement Committee is here to assist Presidents, CEO’s, and Executive Directors with navigating fundraising and membership issues in a post-pandemic era. 

Speakers:
Jillian Day, CFRE, Director of Development, Houston Zoo, Inc.
Julie Gross, VP of Development, San Antonio Zoological Society
Michelle Israel, Vice President of Sales & Membership, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Amy Lazoff, CFRE, Director of Development, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Julie McDearmon, CFRE, Director of Institutional Advancement, Indianapolis Zoo
Alyssa Pacaut, Director of Membership, Aquarium of the Pacific
Kara Wagner, Chief Development Officer, The Florida Aquarium

Date/Time: Thursday, April 7, 4:00 - 5:30 PM ET 

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Advocacy

Advocacy is for Everybody: Part 3

How can we build capacity?
Learn what our elected leaders want to hear from zoos and aquariums, and find tools for building capacity without adding to staff.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 28, 1:00 PM ET

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Advocacy is for Everybody: Part 2

How can advocacy benefit zoos and aquariums?
Through case studies, explore answers to three big questions: How can working together enable us to do more of this work? How do we navigate politics? How will advocacy benefit our organizations?

Date/Time: Thursday, April 7, 1:00 PM ET

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View the Part 1 recording here.

 

Advocacy is for Everybody: Part 1

What are zoos and aquariums allowed to do?
Learn what advocacy is and understand what nonprofit, private and government-run zoos and aquariums are legally allowed to advocate for. Featuring Cleveland Metroparks' Priscila Rocha and WCS' John Calvelli.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 24, 1:00 PM ET

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Animal Management, Health & Welfare

Population Management II Webinar Series: Thinking Outside the Box - Non-traditional Population Management

One size does not fit all when it comes to managing a diverse array of SSP Programs! In our webinar, we will be sharing some non-traditional management strategies used by SSP Programs that address unique challenges or support specific Program goals. This is the last of the PMII webinar series!

Speakers:
Paul Senner, MS, Population Biologist – AZA PMC
Asako Navarro, MS, Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Rachel Bladow, MS, Population Biologist – AZA PMC
Steve Reichling, PhD, Director of Conservation & Research - Memphis Zoo
Kate Rodriguez-Clark, PhD, Population Ecologist - Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Date/Time: Friday, November 19, 12-1:30 PM EDT 

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Ambassador Animal Department Structures

This webinar will showcase four different presentations on the variety of ways facilities structure their ambassador animal departments. Presenters will share the pros and cons of their structure and give participants the opportunity to ask questions. Join us for this interactive presentation!

Speakers:
Rebecca Young, Associate Curator, Ambassador Animals - Zoo Atlanta
Stephani Reynolds, Director of Education - Kansas City Zoo
Christina Dembiec, Director of Education - Memphis Zoo
Holly Houser, Animal Ambassadors Coordinator - Denver Zoo

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 1, 2-3 PM EDT 

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Population Management II Webinar Series: Communication Part 2, Get Organized for SSP Planning and Discover Helpful Tools for Virtual Planning Meetings

In this webinar, Population Biologists and Program Leaders will show you the tools they use to ensure SSP planning meetings run smoothly and efficiently. You will learn how to organize interim emails and your institutional wants and needs surveys for a planning meeting. We will also demonstrate how to use virtual bulletin boards as a visual tool to organize and share breeding and transfer ideas before and during the planning meeting.

Speakers:
Andrea Putnam, PhD, Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Amanda Lawless, MS, Population Biologist – AZA PMC
Harrison Edell, MS, Executive Vice President, Animal Care & Conservation - Dallas Zoo
Joanna Klass, Animal Keeper, Woodland Park Zoo

Date/Time: Thursday, July 22, 1-2:30 PM EDT 

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Population Management II Webinar Series: Communication Part 1, Managing Animal Programs - Communication and Networking are Key to Success

In this webinar we will discuss tips and tricks that are key to effective communication and networking for program leaders. You will learn why communication is key to successfully managing your program (and your career) and where to find relevant resources to keep communication flowing.  We will also cover the frequency of communication and how to initiate and enhance your network.

Speakers:
Denise McClean, Director – Prospect Park Zoo
Karen Bauman, Manager of Reproductive Sciences – Saint Louis Zoo
Kristine Schad, Director, Population Management Center - AZA Population Management Center at Lincoln Park Zoo

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 23, 12-1:30 PM EDT 

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Concepts and Hot Topics in Animal Welfare for Ambassador Animal Programs

Join us for the third installment of our webinar series presented by the Principles of Ambassador Animal Management course team. This session will cover the conceptual background of animal welfare based on the animal welfare science literature. Major themes in animal welfare, such as choice and control, will be discussed in the context of animal management in zoos & aquariums, including for ambassador animal programs. Participants will be able to develop a basic understanding of the field of animal welfare and an appreciation for its complexity as a topic.

Speakers: David Powell, PhD, Director of Research and Director, AZA Reproductive Management Center - Saint Louis Zoo

Date/Time: Monday June 14, 2-3:30 PM EDT 

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Population Management During the COVID-19 Crisis

This webinar, developed by the AZA Animal Population Management (APM) Committee, focuses on the current challenges that our cooperatively managed breeding programs are facing as a result of this public health crisis. The panelists will discuss various management strategies, priorities, and options that our zoos and aquariums may implement during this time. Program Leaders will hear ideas on how to keep managing their animal populations during the current budget, staffing, and transport limitations.
Moderator: Stacey Johnson, Corporate Director of Conservation & Research - San Diego Zoo Global

Presenters & Speakers:
Lori Perkins, Deputy Director - Birmingham Zoo
Joe Barkowski, Vice President of Animal Conservation & Science - Tulsa Zoo
Kristine Schad Eebes, Director - AZA Population Management Center
Drew Foster, Animal Curator - Phoenix Zoo
Barrett Christie, Director of Animal Husbandry - Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Mandi Schook, Science Operations Director - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Colleen Lynch, Curator of Birds - Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Date/Time: Friday, June 12, 12-1:30 PM EDT 

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Population Management II Webinar Series: My SSP Needs Help! Introduction to interim breeding and transfer recommendations for population management - Part 2

It’s been a rough year and, on top of everything else, COVID added new challenges to the already challenging job of managing your SSP, but you still have time before your next planning meeting. What do you do? Don’t panic! In this two-part webinar series population biologists discuss interim population planning in this changing world.
In Part 2, we will take a deeper dive looking at how these tools and resources have been applied to real world interim planning examples and we will allow time for you to bring your questions to a panel of experts.

Speakers:
Paul Senner, Associate Population Biologist - PMC
Amanda Lawless, Population Biologist, PMC
John Andrews, Population Biologist - PMC
Andrea Putnam, Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Asako Navarro, Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Karen Bauman, Manager of Reproductive Sciences - Saint Louis Zoo

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 26, 1-2:30 PM EDT 

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Population Management II Webinar Series: My SSP Needs Help! Introduction to interim breeding and transfer recommendations for population management - Part I

It’s been a rough year and, on top of everything else, COVID added new challenges to the already challenging job of managing your SSP, but you still have time before your next planning meeting. What do you do? Don’t panic! In this two-part webinar series population biologists discuss interim population planning in this changing world.
In Part 1, we introduce population management tools and resources, provide examples of when you may need interim analyses and answer some of your questions about interim population planning.

Speakers:
Paul Senner, Associate Population Biologist - PMC
Amanda Lawless, Population Biologist, PMC
John Andrews, Population Biologist - PMC
Andrea Putnam, Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Asako Navarro, Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Karen Bauman, Manager of Reproductive Sciences - Saint Louis Zoo

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 28, 12-1:30 PM EDT 

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Ambassador Animal Handling Training with Staff and Volunteers

Training staff and volunteers to properly handle ambassador animals is a task that comes with great responsibility. This meeting, which covers a topic directly from the Principles of Ambassador Animal Management AZA course, will focus on approaches to the handling training process and evaluation of that process, how handling training may differ between staff and volunteers, methods for annual recertification of handlers, considerations for who is qualified to be a handling trainer, and different ways that relationship building with animals and honing of trained handling skills are encouraged/facilitated after certification has taken place.

This session is designed for speakers and participants to engage in discussion, so please come willing to share and ask questions!

Speakers:
Debra Swank, Training and Trends Coordinator - Akron Zoo
Cherlyn Vatalaro, Director of Conservation Education - Lehigh Valley Zoo
Rebecca Young, MSc, CIG, Associate Curator, Ambassador Animals - Zoo Atlanta

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 31, 2-3:30 PM EST 

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Ambassador Animal Welfare and Best Practices

This webinar will focus on strategies for improving animal ambassador welfare with a focus on habitats, training and presentations. The Principles of Animal Ambassador Management (PAAM) in conjunction with the Animal Ambassador Scientific Advisory Group (AASAG) continue to work with animal ambassador managers and wildlife care specialists to raise the bar for animal ambassadors in AZA facilities.

Facilitated by Nicki Boyd CIG, CPAT-KA, Associate Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Ambassadors - San Diego Zoo

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 17, 2-3 PM EST 

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COVID-19

Supporting Schools Through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently altered the Pre-K-12 school landscape and the ways in which schools engage with zoo and aquariums. Now more than ever, teachers, caregivers, and students are turning towards trusted cultural organizations as sources for engaging and accurate science education curriculum and programming. In this 90-minute webinar, we will hear from four AZA zoos and aquariums who quickly mobilized and reimagined their educational programming to meet the academic and emotional needs of students and teachers across the country.

Moderator: Elise Bernardoni; Assistant Director of Education, Friends of the National Zoo

Speakers:
Alicia Archer, Education Programs Manager - Aquarium of the Pacific
Andrea Stein, Manager of School Programs - Roger Williams Park Zoo
Jasmine Smith-Gillen, School Programs Specialist - Roger Williams Park Zoo
Theresa Wilson, Education Specialist - ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
Tiffany Evans, Educator - St. Louis Zoo

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 26, 12-1:30 PM EST 

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Live From Our Couches, it's Zoo Education!

2020 is the year that redefined the educator's mantra "meet your audience where they are." From our homes, our yards, behind masks, and 6 feet away, AZA teams have reimagined programs to continue engaging and educating our audiences during a global pandemic. In this 90-minute webinar, we will explore existing programs that underwent a complete transformation or new programs that grew out of the challenges of digital or socially-distanced learning.

Moderator: Elise Bernardoni; Assistant Director of Education, Friends of the National Zoo

Speakers:
Kimberly Coons; Director of Education and Volunteer Services, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Jessi Parra; Education Programs Specialist/Assistant Camp Director, Friends of the National Zoo
Rosalío Rubio; School Programs Coordinator/Zoo Curator of Education II, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Eric Turner; Volunteer Engagement Supervisor, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Date/Time: Friday, December 11, 3-4:30 PM EST 

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Impact of COVID-19 on Attitudes toward Animals: Framing Effective Messages

How has our collective human experience with COVID-19 affected people’s attitudes toward animals and nature? As we begin to reunite with our guests in-person (and continue to connect with global audiences through our online programming), zoo and aquarium educators need to re-frame messages around the basics: the interdependence of people and wildlife, importance of connection to nature, and the value of science. 
Join us for this first in a series of webinars in partnership with AZA's Conservation Education Committee designed to build a community of practice as we discuss the opportunities and challenges of interpreting conservation during this tumultuous time. We will explore framing effective messages both internally for volunteers, staff and Board members and for our guests, social media audiences, our donors and our community.
 
Presenters:
Julie Henry, President, Finish Line Leadership
Terry O’Connor, Principal Consultant, Terry O’Connor Consulting LLC
Nette Pletcher, Founder, Beez Kneez Creative 

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 11, 1-2:30 PM EDT 

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Building Resiliency in Our People

This pandemic and current social climate poses daily opportunities to improve how we guide and support our staff and volunteers as individuals and teams. Join this webinar, led by the AZA Human Resources Committee to hear colleagues discuss their experiences, including challenges and solutions they’ve realized along the way. Join us for insights, lessons learned, and ideas for supporting our people in our ever-changing environment.

Moderator: Laura Martina, Chief People Officer - Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Speakers:
Tammy Burnett, VP Organizational Development - Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
Melissa Dude, Volunteer Program Manager - The Florida Aquarium
Mara-Lynne Payne, Senior Manager of Diversity & Inclusion - Tennessee Aquarium
Charlisa Shelly, Director of Human Resources - Kansas City Zoo
Jeff Vanek, Director of Human Resources - Utah's Hogle Zoo
Christie Vondrak, Chief Administrative Officer - Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens

Date/Time: Friday, July 10, 2-3:30 PM EDT 

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What Have We Learned Since Re-Opening?

Join this session presented by the AZA Business Operations Committee to learn from peers what facilities have learned during their re-opening including: How to determine capacity & ticketing; Staff & Guest Safety; Sanitation; Social Distancing; In Zoo Communication - Signage & other methods; and Concessions (Retail, Food Service, Animal Encounters, rides).
Moderator: Andrea Froehle, VP of Marketing & Communications - Event Network
Speakers:
Doug Lund, Sr. VP & COO - Utah's Hogle Zoo
Rachel Summers, COO - Blank Park Zoo
Eric Donovan, Director of Operations - Elmwood Park Zoo
Greg Charbeneau, VP/GM - OdySea Aquarium

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 24, 2-3:30 PM EDT 

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Population Management During the COVID-19 Crisis

This webinar, developed by the AZA Animal Population Management (APM) Committee, focuses on the current challenges that our cooperatively managed breeding programs are facing as a result of this public health crisis. The panelists will discuss various management strategies, priorities, and options that our zoos and aquariums may implement during this time. Program Leaders will hear ideas on how to keep managing their animal populations during the current budget, staffing, and transport limitations.
Moderator: Stacey Johnson, Corporate Director of Conservation & Research - San Diego Zoo Global
Presenters & Speakers:
Lori Perkins, Deputy Director - Birmingham Zoo
Joe Barkowski, Vice President of Animal Conservation & Science - Tulsa Zoo
Kristine Schad Eebes, Director - AZA Population Management Center
Drew Foster, Animal Curator - Phoenix Zoo
Barrett Christie, Director of Animal Husbandry - Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Mandi Schook, Science Operations Director - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Colleen Lynch, Curator of Birds - Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Date/Time: Friday, June 12, 12-1:30 PM EDT 

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Preparing for Re-Opening Operations

Join this session presented by the AZA Business Operations Committee to learn from peers how to tackle the big re-opening questions including: How to determine capacity & ticketing; Staff & Guest Safety; Sanitation; Social Distancing; In Zoo Communication - Signage & other methods; and Concessions (Retail, Food Service, Animal Encounters, rides).
Moderator: Sean Greene, COO/Exec. VP of Park Operations - Dallas Zoo
Speakers:
Lochlan Wooten, Chief Operating Officer - Riverbanks Zoo
Douglas Rickenbach, Chief Operating Officer - Naples Zoo
Sally Jacobson, Executive Director - Red River Zoo
Dale Schmidt, EVP/Chief Operating Officer - National Aquarium
Charles Hopper, Business Operations Manager - Seattle Aquarium

Date/Time: Thursday, May 28, 2-3:30 PM EDT 

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Managing Membership Through a Changing Landscape

Join this session presented by the AZA Advancement Committee to learn from peers how they are communicating with and supporting their members through closure and re-opening. Topics will include planning for re-opening; special considerations and benefits for members; membership extensions; and budget impacts and planning.
Moderator: Alyssa Pacaut, Membership Manager - Aquarium of the Pacific 
Speakers:
Gail Brown, Chief Development Officer - Reid Park Zoo
Lucia Clifton, Director, Membership - Saint Louis Zoo
Kate Fridholm, Senior Director of Annual Giving - Lincoln Park Zoo
Liz Grover, Development & Member Services Manager - Roger Williams Park Zoo

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2-3:30 PM EDT 

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Communicating with Our Local Communities

Join this session presented by the AZA Public Relations Committee to learn more about communications around zoo and aquarium openings with first-hand accounts of what has worked for organizations that have already opened.  It will also include reference information for communications building regarding biosecurity and operational aspects of openings.
Moderator: Ted Molter, Chief Marketing Officer, San Diego Zoo Global
Presenters:
Timothy Ng, Zoological Operations and Education Director - Ocean Park
Andy Wood, Chief Operating Officer - Florida Aquarium
Jennifer Vela Director of Marketing, Sales, and Communications - Texas State Aquarium
Erica Hansen, Community Relations Manager - Hogle Zoo 
Lauren Howard, D.V.M., Associate Director, Veterinary Services - San Diego Zoo Global

Date/Time: Thursday, May 14, 1-2:30 PM EDT 

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Diversity, Equity, Access, & Inclusion (DEAI)

Preparing for and Implementing Our DEAI Efforts: Part 3

Monitoring Progress toward DEAI Goals: Measuring What Matters
A three-part webinar series focused on connecting educators to professional content related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) strategies to enhance their work in zoos and aquariums. The webinars bring together professionals working in and with zoos and aquariums with experience and expertise on DEAI topics. This final webinar turns the attention toward monitoring and measuring progress toward DEAI goals.

Speakers:
Jess Kohring (she/her), Director of Equity Programs, Los Angeles Zoo
Joy Kubarek (she/her), Co-Founder and Partner, Inform Evaluation & Research
Su-Jen Roberts (she/her), Director of Education Research & Evaluation, Wildlife Conservation Society
Marley Steele-Inama (she/her), Director of Community Research & Evaluation, Denver Zoo

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 10, 12:00 PM ET

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Preparing for and Implementing Our DEAI Efforts: Part 2

DEAI in Practice: Putting Plans into Action
A three-part webinar series focused on connecting educators to professional content related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) strategies to enhance their work in zoos and aquariums. The webinars bring together professionals working in and with zoos and aquariums with experience and expertise on DEAI topics. This second webinar brings examples of zoos and aquariums implementing DEAI efforts and reflecting on successes and challenges along the way.

Speakers:
Diane Miller (she/her), Chief Program Officer, Detroit Zoo
Lisa Peterson (she/her), Executive Director, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Melanie Sorensen (she/her), Education Director, Oregon Zoo
Jason Stover (he/him), Vice President of People and Culture, SSA Group
Dean Watanabe (he/him), Chief Mission Officer, Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 12:00 PM ET

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Preparing for and Implementing Our DEAI Efforts: Part 1

DEAI Goal Setting: Where do you begin?
A three-part webinar series focused on connecting educators to professional content related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) strategies to enhance their work in zoos and aquariums. The webinars bring together professionals working in and with zoos and aquariums with experience and expertise on DEAI topics. This first webinar focuses on appropriate DEAI goal setting and frameworks to consider when doing so.

Speakers:
Cecilia Garibay (she/her), President, Garibay Group
Joe Heimlich (he/him), Senior Director of Research, COSI’s Center for Research and Evaluation
Jess Kohring (she/her), Director of Equity Programs, Los Angeles Zoo
Joy Kubarek (she/her), Co-Founder and Partner, Inform Evaluation & Research
Diane Miller (she/her), Chief Program Officer, Detroit Zoo
Lisa Peterson (she/her), Executive Director, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Su-Jen Roberts (she/her), Director of Education Research & Evaluation, Wildlife Conservation Society
Melanie Sorensen (she/her), Education Director, Oregon Zoo
Marley Steele-Inama (she/her), Director of Community Research & Evaluation, Denver Zoo
Jason Stover (he/him), Vice President of People and Culture, SSA Group
Dean Watanabe (he/him), Chief Mission Officer, Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 PM ET

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Advancing Diversity, Equity, Access, & Inclusion: Finding and Using an Updated Library of Resources

Join members of the 2020-2021 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) and the Diversity Committee to learn about the reorganized library of resources available to help you and your organization advance its efforts in DEAI. Given the events of this past year, this Action Learning Team of the ELDP focused their project on building upon years of prior work to improve diversity, equity, access, and inclusion within and throughout the AZA community. See the improved website access, reorganized library of resources, and hear why it’s imperative that we each do our part to meet our shared mission.

Date/Time: Friday August 20, 3-4 PM EDT

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Developing Your DEAI Program

Join members of AZA’s Diversity Committee as we discuss developing and refining your organization's DEAI program. Panelists will provide context, tools, and answer questions to help individuals and organizations on their DEAI journey.

Speakers:
Curtis Bennett (he/him), Director of Equity & Community Engagement - National Aquarium
Jess Niven-Kohring (she/her), Director of Equity Programs - Los Angeles Zoo
Lindsay Mathisen (she/her), Inclusion Coordinator - Brevard Zoo
Mara-Lynne Payne (she/her), Senior Manager of Inclusion, Equity & Diversity - Tennessee Aquarium
Amy Rutherford (she/her), Director, Professional Development & Education - AZA
Dean Watanabe (he/him), Chief Conservation Education Officer - Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Date/Time: Friday, February 5, 12-1:30 PM EST 

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Education

Supporting Schools Through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently altered the Pre-K-12 school landscape and the ways in which schools engage with zoo and aquariums. Now more than ever, teachers, caregivers, and students are turning towards trusted cultural organizations as sources for engaging and accurate science education curriculum and programming. In this 90-minute webinar, we will hear from four AZA zoos and aquariums who quickly mobilized and reimagined their educational programming to meet the academic and emotional needs of students and teachers across the country.

Moderator: Elise Bernardoni; Assistant Director of Education, Friends of the National Zoo

Speakers:
Alicia Archer, Education Programs Manager - Aquarium of the Pacific
Andrea Stein, Manager of School Programs - Roger Williams Park Zoo
Jasmine Smith-Gillen, School Programs Specialist - Roger Williams Park Zoo
Theresa Wilson, Education Specialist - ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
Tiffany Evans, Educator - St. Louis Zoo

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 26, 12-1:30 PM EST 

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Live From Our Couches, it's Zoo Education!

2020 is the year that redefined the educator's mantra "meet your audience where they are." From our homes, our yards, behind masks, and 6 feet away, AZA teams have reimagined programs to continue engaging and educating our audiences during a global pandemic. In this 90-minute webinar, we will explore existing programs that underwent a complete transformation or new programs that grew out of the challenges of digital or socially-distanced learning.

Moderator: Elise Bernardoni; Assistant Director of Education, Friends of the National Zoo

Speakers:
Kimberly Coons; Director of Education and Volunteer Services, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Jessi Parra; Education Programs Specialist/Assistant Camp Director, Friends of the National Zoo
Rosalío Rubio; School Programs Coordinator/Zoo Curator of Education II, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Eric Turner; Volunteer Engagement Supervisor, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Date/Time: Friday, December 11, 3-4:30 PM EST 

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Trends & More

TikTok Best Practices: Zoo and Aquarium Edition

Wednesday, August 10, 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET / 1:30 - 2:30 PM PT

Whether you're just starting on your TikTok journey of your social team is looking for a refresher, this 60-minute webinar focused on zoo and aquarium accounts will show you how to maximize your impact on the app. The TikTok Education & Philanthropy team will cover content strategy best practices for zoos and aquariums, highlight upcoming tentpole marketing moments, and review the latest TikTok features.

Speakers:

  • Emily Reinstein, Growth Strategist, Education & Philanthropy Partnerships, TikTok
  • Hannah Martin, Growth Strategist, Education & Philanthropy Partnerships, TikTok
  • Taylor Moore, Social Media Manager, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Please contact AZA Communications if you would like a link to the recording. 
 

Case Studies in Collaboration: Working Together on Social Science Research

Tuesday, July 26, 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

The purpose of the webinar is to share practical approaches to collaborative projects that address the goals of the AZA Social Science Research Agenda. The webinar will include three case studies that address different types of collaborative efforts: community collaborations (Lincoln Park Zoo); collaboration with other AZA institutions (SAFE PACT); and collaborations with non-AZA institutions (MOMSI).

Speakers:

  • Kathy Kiser, Manager, Evaluation and Learning Research, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Stephanie Bohr, Director, Community Innovation and Collaboration, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Erin Shoffstall, Learning Evaluation Coordinator, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Nicolette Canzoneri, President, EnvARK Innovators
  • Robin Keith, Chief Executive Officer, EcoLeaders
  • Michelle Kolar, Director of Education, Indianapolis Zoo
  • Michelle Mileham, Project Manager, Measurement of Museum Social Impact Project
  • Jennifer Gauble, Research Associate, Saint Louis Zoo

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IRB 101: Do I have to?

During this webinar we will be addressing the following questions: 

  • What is an IRB?

  • Who regulates IRBs?

  • What are the different types of IRBs?

  • When do you use an IRB?

  • When do you not have to use an IRB?

  • What is informed consent?

  • Where are additional resources?

Speakers:
Max Lakes, Director, Alexandria Zoo
Jerry Luebke, Independent Consultant
Fran Mast, Evaluator & IRB Administrator, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Amy Niedbalski, Director, Conservation and Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE), Saint Louis Zoo
Nette Pletcher, Partner, Pathways Collaborative

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 16, 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET 

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M4S Webinar Series: Effective Communication - Understanding why our behavioral preferences matter

How can we utilize a tool like DiSC to make our daily communication more effective? What lessons can be learned about ourselves and others? Learn tactics that allow you to communicate with your colleagues more effectively and practice having difficult conversations using these tools.

Speakers:
Laura Martina, Chief People Officer - Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET 

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M4S Webinar Series: Accountability - A Priority for Top-performing Teams

The word accountability too often has a negative connotation, but the truth is there are more positive outcomes as a result of accountability. High-performing organizations hold accountability as a top priority to build teams, develop leaders, meet strategic goals, instill confidence in the community, and meet the mission. These techniques can be implemented in any role within our organization. This session will touch on the various aspects and perspectives of implementing consistent accountability, not only for the teams you work with or within but also for yourself.

Speakers:
James Bluher, Volunteer Services Manager - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Hollie Colahan, VP of Living Collections - Birmingham Zoo
Christina Dembiec, Director of Education - Memphis Zoo
Andi Kornak, Deputy Executive Director - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 13, 1-2 PM EDT 

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