2021 Conference:

Denver Program

Friday: October 22, 2021


Subject to change.

All times Mountain Daylight Time.


8:30 10:30 a.m.

Field Trip to Freedom Service Dogs


11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Lunch at Surprise Location


1:45 3:15 p.m.

Annual Business Meeting (Members Only)


3:30 5:00 p.m.

Special Interactive Session (Members Only)


6:30 8:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


Saturday: October 23, 2021


8:45 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker: Amanda McBride, University of Denver


9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

The Wild Horse & Burro Act of 1971: From Innovation to Crisis, and a Restorative Path Forward Utilizing Wildlife Fertility Control

Speakers: Celeste Carlisle, Return to Freedom & National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board; Dr. Douglas Eckery, National Wildlife Research Center & Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA); Michael Henio, Ramah Navajo Chapter; Mary Koncel, American Wild Horse Campaign


10:30 11:45 a.m.

The Complementary but Separate Spheres of Wild Lands Conservation and Animal Protection

Speakers: Jessica Blome, Greenfire Law; Nicholas Chischilly, Navajo Nation Department of Fish & Wildlife; Beth Conover, Salazar Center for North American Conservation; Nicole Rosmarino, Southern Plains Land Trust


12:00 – 1:20 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote

Speaker: Kevin Morris, Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver


1:30 2:20 p.m.

Institute for Human-Animal Connection Presentations

Speakers: Various Student & Faculty Researchers; Other Faculty


2:35 4:30 p.m.

Advancing and Supporting Human-Animal Interconnectedness

Speakers: Lindsay Braun, Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI); Kristen Hassen, American Pets Alive! and Human Animal Support Services (HASS); Zenithson Ng, DVM, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine; Janet Patterson-Kane, Morris Animal Foundation; Jeff Sebo, New York University


6:00 7 :00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


7:00 9 :00 p.m.

Dinner Keynote


Sunday: October 24, 2021


9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Using Data to Help People, Pets (and Other Animals) and the Planet

Speakers: Che Green, Moonshot Collaborative; Bethany Heins, Best Friends Animal Society


10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

The Intersection of Philanthropy and Public Policy Leadership


12:00 – 1:20 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote


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