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2024 Leadership Summit



First Sessions Saturday, July 20, 2024

Join NAVTA in our first Leadership Summit Series, where we will discuss different aspects of nonprofit and association management best practices, leadership skills, and teamwork.

*(Please note these sessions will be recorded and made available on-demand at a later date)

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Registration for the 2024 Leadership Summit is FREE!

Saturday July 20, 2024 - 10:00 AM ET

Association Finance 101: Non-Profit Management for Volunteer Leaders

by Dieter Haager, MBA

When it comes to volunteer-staffed non-profit associations, many times volunteers with little financial experience are asked to step into leadership roles, handling the finances of the organization. It can be a daunting task as each organization is different in how they develop their financials. This session will help guide these volunteers into understanding what are the current best practices in non-profit financial management and what the legal requirements are that you must follow to keep the IRS and your state happy (and not lose your non-profit status!).

Dieter Haager, MBA is the Chief Administrative Officer for the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). He is an accomplished management professional who is responsible for the strategic application of resources to assure the sustainability of NAVC. Before joining the NAVC in 2014, Dieter was the Chief Financial Officer of the University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals in Gainesville, Florida. His primary responsibilities included interpreting financial data to make business decisions and drive bottom-line results working with faculty advisors, deans, vice presidents, the campus and the veterinary community. He was also active in the campus GBAS program with Finance and Accounting and worked with other industry CFOs to resolve administrative, regulatory, and legal issues. He has also been a personal chef, education assistant and lawn care professional. He is married and lives in Gainesville, and he enjoys traveling, football, baseball, animals and history, particularly military.

Saturday July 20, 2024 - 11:15 AM ET

View from the Top: Volunteer Board Leadership Strategies

by Paige Allen, RVT and Linda Markland, RVT

Joining a volunteer board is a big decision and leads to many leadership lessons learned along the way. How do you get a group of people with different goals and experiences to come together and lead an organization forward? How do you help people set personal agendas aside and what are the techniques to employ in difficult conversations where there is no consensus? Join our panel of experienced board volunteers, Paige Allen and Linda Markland, where they will share lessons learned over the years of board service and how to lead organizations forward.

Paige Allen, RVT was the second veterinary technician to serve as the NAVC President 2020-2021. Paige is an active member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) serving in the past as Chairperson on the Nomination and Election Committee, the New Member Committee, the Information Committee and was a NAVTA Indiana State Representative in 1994. She has also been an active leader in the Indiana Veterinary Technicians Association and previously served as president.

Paige received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from National College, her BSBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and MS in Educational Technology at Purdue University. She resides in Otterbein, Indiana with her husband Darrell. Together they have three children: Ben (Tracie), Kristen (Phil) and Zach (Jill), and two grandchildren, Christopher and Jackson. They have two cats, Mac and Cheese.

Linda Markland, RVT, has been a member of the veterinary community for more than 40 years. Her work includes a diverse range of experience, from small animal clinical practice and teaching, to corporate management. She has a special interest in engaging, educating, and empowering veterinary nurses and technicians. She is an active member of veterinary nurse/technician related organizations and has served in many leadership roles including NAVTA, as the Global Outreach Chair and on the CE Committee. Linda has received many awards from the organizations she supports.

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