2021 Conference:

Denver Program

Friday: October 22, 2021


Subject to change.

All times Mountain Daylight Time.

Please be advised of the COVID Protocols for in-person attendance.


8:30 10:30 a.m.

Field Trip to Freedom Service Dogs

Guide: Joan Casey, The Summerlee Foundation


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.

Animal Grantmakers 2022 - 2026 Strategic Plan: A Conversation with Members

We’re rolling out a new strategic plan to guide Animal Grantmakers for the next five years. Please join us for an interactive conversation.

Host: Lori Grange, Hewlett Foundation

Participants: Animal Grantmakers Members


6:00 8:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


Saturday: October 23, 2021


8:45 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker: Amanda McBride, Graduate School of Social Work, 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


Moderator: Stephanie Boyles Griffin, Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control & Humane Society of the United States


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; Nicole Rosmarino, Southern Plains Land Trust


Moderator: Sarah Bexell, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver


12:00 – 1:20 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote: Human-Animal-Environment Interactions Through a Social Work Perspective

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


1:30 2:20 p.m.

Cultivating the Next Generation of Professionals in Human-Animal-Environment Interactions

IHAC Speakers: Sarah Bexell, Erin Flynn, Arielle Giddens and Sloane Hawes


2:35 4:35 p.m.

Advancing and Supporting Human-Animal Interconnectedness

Speakers: Michael Blackwell, DVM, University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine; 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


Moderator: Tess Hupe, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver


6:00 6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


6:30 8:30 p.m.

Dinner Presentation

Speaker: Camilla Fox, Project Coyote


Sunday: October 24, 2021


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

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

Speakers: Katie Baxter, ANAW-US; Che Green, Moonshot Collaborative; Bethany Heins, Best Friends Animal Society; Tess Hupe, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver


Moderator: Vince Wong, Michelson Found Animals Foundation


10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

The Intersection of Philanthropy and Public Policy Leadership

Speakers: Jessica Blome, Greenfire Law; Brian Chase, Michelson Found Animals Foundation


Moderator: Vince Wong, Michelson Found Animals Foundation


12:00 – 1:20 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote

Speaker: Justin Marceau, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver with Alene Anello, Legal Impact for Chickens

Contact Us  |  About Us

© 2021 Animal Grantmakers • All Rights Reserved