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Power of Ten Program, Class of 2018

Monday, August 28, 2017  
Posted by: Cristina Keef
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Thank you to all those who submitted applications for our first Power of Ten class!


Our 2017-18 participants will be:

Dr. Ben Carter, Heartfelt Veterinary Hospital- The Ohio State University 2016

Dr. Nicole Froelich, Relief Services- Washington State University 2014

Dr. Ariel Grubb, VCA Raleigh Hills Animal Hospital- Washington State University 2013

Dr. Kate Hooper, VCA East Mill Plain Animal Hospital- Oregon State University 2012

Dr. Connie Lo, VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital- UC Davis 2014

Dr. Jessica Nelson, Forever Pet Dental- Oregon State university 2012

Dr. Marissa Rothenbaum, Banfield Central Team Support- UC Davis 2011

Dr. Margaret Wixson, Oregon Humane Society- UC Davis 2014

Dr. Carl Winch, Banfield Pet Hospital- Hillsboro- Glasgow University 2008

Dr. Sonja Lapinski, Lake Oswego Pet Emergency- Oregon State University 2011 Facilitator


What is Power of Ten?

The Power of Ten Program will offer ten early-career veterinarians the opportunity to complete a personal and professional development program comprised of in-person educational opportunities and activities over a 12 month period.  


The PVMA will provide topic experts, meals, and meeting expenses at no charge to the participant. Modules will be held at locations around the Portland area and mid-Willamette Valley with the exception of attendance at the AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Key Benefits


Through the Power of Ten, you will:

· Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills, personal and professional goal setting, and emotional intelligence

· Deepen understanding of communication styles and skills

· Heighten awareness of yourself and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around you

· Gain the competency to utilize these skills within your life, practice, and community

· Experience a supportive environment that fosters meaningful interpersonal relationships and collaborative, lifelong interactions




The real backbone of this program is the time spent together and with guest speakers during the sessions. Because of this time commitment, particularly on some weekdays, it is imperative that participants’ employers are aware of and supportive of  participation in this program. The PVMA executive director and the facilitator would be happy to support/participate in any conversations with employers or managers to help convey the benefits of your participation in this program.


Absences - A maximum of one absence from a required module will be allowed for legitimate causes only, at the discretion of the program leaders.


Program eligibility:  PVMA member veterinarians who have graduated from an accredited college of veterinary medicine between 2011-2017. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Curriculum Schedule

There will be 6 in-person modules (4-6 hours each), along with several less formal meetings, and occasional optional events. On average it will be about a half day once a month, spread throughout the year. Meeting times will range from days to evenings, weekdays to weekends, and the format will vary by module. The full syllabus will be provided as soon as it is finalized to allow participants to plan ahead. Below are the dates, times and topics determined so far.


September (Date TBD)

Welcome gathering with PVMA Executive Board. Significant others welcome.


Friday, October 20th- Saturday, October 21st

Overnight kick-off retreat and Insights personality awareness workshop (facilitated by Dr. Heidi Hulon, Elanco)


Wednesday, November 15th

Overview of organized veterinary medicine-

Community partners and agencies roundtable



Community outreach volunteer project


January  4th -6th

AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership Conference

Stipend to send 2 people to Chicago for the emerging leaders program


Wednesday, February 21st

Financial LiteracyMackenzie Martin

Legal (understanding employment contracts, non-competes)- Joe Carlisle JD


March  (Date and topic TBD)


Monday, April 23rd

Emotional Intelligence/Leadership/Wellbeing

Dr. Betsy Charles


May (Date and speakers TBD)

Communication and Wellness


June-August: Informal get-togethers and continued conversations


September 13, 2018

Course completed– celebration of completion of program with certificate ceremony


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