2018 Conference

The 2018 New Mexico Humane Conference:

Looking to the Future – Building the Next Generation of Animal Welfare Leaders

August 9 & 10, 2018 at Embassy Suites – Albuquerque

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If you have any questions about information on this page, please contact us.

Registration for the 2018 New Mexico Humane Conference will open May 1, 2018.

Registration fees:

  • $120 for the two day conference.

Conference registration includes access to any presentations held at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Thursday, August 9 and Friday, August 10. Includes vegan meals and snacks served at the conference. Option to RSVP for complimentary Thursday evening reception also available with 2 day registration.

We are currently still adding to our list of speakers and topics! Check back regularly for updates!

Vice President, Emancipet New School

Myles has extensive experience in supporting new and established spay/neuter clinics, full service veterinary hospitals, shelters, and community outreach programs. During his tenure at Emancipet, he has overseen all aspects of clinic operations, outreach, and training. Through Emancipet New School’s popular seminar series, Myles leads workshops on organizational culture, leadership skills, community engagement and more. Prior to his work at Emancipet he was with the National Spay/Neuter Project at the ASPCA coaching new clinic directors as they established their programs. His areas of expertise are leadership, training, staff management, low cost veterinary clinic implementation, and social change strategies.

We are currently still adding to our list of speakers and topics! Check back regularly for updates!

Courses for Thursday, August 9, 2018

Presented by Myles Chadwick, Emancipet New School

Thursday, August 9, 8:30 – 9:30 am

Over the last decade, non-profit work has become increasingly challenging to navigate as technology, standards, resources and goals have shifted more rapidly than ever before. In the face of constantly evolving needs, animal welfare leaders and new comers alike are often so focused on the task at hand, that succession planning rarely happens. Our movement needs both new and experienced perspectives and leaders who have been prepared and equipped to create lasting social change for the communities we serve. In this workshop we will explore what learning to lead takes and how passing the reigns can be an intentionally curated process, and not a reaction or event.

Presented by Myles Chadwick, Emancipet New School

Thursday, August 9, 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Peter Drucker first said “Culture eats strategy for lunch” and since then, organizational culture has become a buzzword and a way of life for organizational development consultants. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what culture is, why it matters, and how you can create and preserve a great organizational culture through hiring the right people. This workshop is based on a transformation that our organization, Emancipet, went through, resulting in lower turnover, increased employee engagement, and improved culture overall. We’ll specifically discuss hiring in the animal welfare environment, which is particularly challenging when most of your job applications just say “I love animals!”

Courses for Friday, August 10, 2018

Presented by Myles Chadwick, Emancipet New School

Friday, August 10, 8:30 – 9:30 am

A toxic workplace is the Achilles Heel of any organization’s success: it leads to higher turnover rates, unhappy staff, and a reduced ability to deliver on mission. Conversely, a healthy workplace fuels teams to believe that the impossible is not just possible, but absolutely achievable. In this workshop we will discuss the important role managers play in creating and maintaining a healthy organizational culture, and attendees will leave with a set of tools and systems they can start putting to use right away in order to strengthen their skills as a leader, increase employee engagement, and guide teams towards success.

The 2018 New Mexico Humane Conference is currently accepting speaker proposals to present at the conference on August 9 & 10 in Albuquerque, NM.

This year’s theme is “Looking to the Future: Building the Next Generation of Leaders.”

Animal Welfare professionals or experienced volunteers interested in presenting topics are encouraged to complete our Speaker Proposal form to be considered for a presentation space. Selected presenters will receive complimentary registration to the conference and use of presentation equipment. Presenters are typically responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. If you would like to submit a proposal but require additional financial support to attend, please include information on what expense reimbursement you would need in order to participate in the comments section. NMHC may or may not be able to assist with such needs.

All presentations must be 60-90 minutes in length. Presentations that fit generally within the yearly theme or discuss the theme in some way in a broader topic are greatly encouraged.

Please note that presentation time should be for the exchange of information or ideas that our attendees can use to improve their daily work in animal welfare. Presentations should not be used as platforms to sell goods, services or programs to our attendees. If you wish to promote a product or program for sale, see our sponsor and exhibitor options.

All individuals submitting proposals will be notified of the NMHC team’s decision regarding their proposals no later than April 20, 2018. Proposals must be received before that date to be considered.

Submit Your Speaker Proposal Here

Every year, we honor a leader in New Mexico’s animal welfare industry with the New Mexico Humane Conference Animal Advocate of the Year Award. The Animal Advocate of the Year is an individual who works to promote respect and care for New Mexico’s animals, develops or promotes programs to bring significant to change to animal care in their communities, and embodies the compassion of our industry.

We need your nominations for this year’s award winner!

To nominate a colleague for the 2018 NMHC Animal Advocate of the Year Award, complete the nomination form by July 9, 2018.

Click Here to Nominate

Enjoy your stay in Albuquerque at our conference hotel – the Embassy Suites Albuquerque Hotel & Spa!

1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 245-7100

Special rates are available for our conference:

  • $119/night for single or double occupancy
  • $129/night for triple occupancy
  • $139/night for quad occupancy

Final rates will include applicable taxes and fees

Don’t miss the deadline! Reservations must be made before July 23, 2018 to secure conference rates. Discount block rooms are limited and available on a first come basis.

Reservations can be made by phone by calling 1- 800-EMBASSY / 1-800-362-2779/ 1-505-245-7100. Please reference the 13th Annual NM Humane Conference when making your reservation.

Continuing Education Credit approval for the 2018 New Mexico Humane Conference is currently pending. Please check back regularly for updates.

The New Mexico Humane Conference routinely receive approval for CEUs for:

  • CPDT-KAs
  • IAABC members
  • Veterinarians & Veterinary Technicians through the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine
  • Euthanasia Technicians through the New Mexico Animal Sheltering Board
  • Public Safety and Law Enforcement professionals through the New Mexico Department of Public Safety


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