Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people

Cornell Veterinary Leadership Conference

Nov 14-16, 2014

We are proud to announce that the Cornell University CVM Initiative for Personal and Professional Enrichment (CCIPPE), with the help of numerous volunteers, is providing students, faculty, alumni, and local practitioners with an amazing opportunity. In partnership with the Veterinary Leadership Institute, we will be hosting a weekend-long leadership development conference. Please join us for an engaging weekend of networking, education, and professional development.

The weekend will be led by Dr. Betsy Charles, the Executive Director of VLI – the driving force behind leadership development in veterinary medicine. Betsy is an engaging speaker with a breadth of experience within the profession. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences in radiology and leadership, and serves as a content expert in equine medicine and surgery. Her full biography can be seen on the VLI website here.


Why Attend

Today’s veterinary climate is a continuously changing environment. The role of veterinary professionals in society now demands a diverse set of skills that transcends medical knowledge. Veterinarians are often CEOs, human resource managers, community role models, and tireless advocates for the patients among many other things. Veterinary technicians and staff are often the unsung heroes of clinical practice and client relations. Field veterinarians, researches, teachers, and leaders each have their own unique set of demands and challenges. And clients also have ever-increasing expectations of veterinarians and their staff. With this increasing complexity, and as the profession continues to advance and face new challenges daily, it is important to not only address the mere medical knowledge and abilities of veterinary medical professionals, but to also provide them with the tools necessary to succeed beyond the medicine.


What to Expect

In this interactive and comprehensive weekend, the team that the developed the internationally-attended Veterinary Leadership Experience will guide participants through a series of activities and lectures designed to leave participants with a better understanding of their unique leadership potential and an action plan that can bring a new vision, fresh perspective to their professional life. Although this is the first year that Cornell is hosting a leadership conference, this is not an isolated event. All across the country veterinary schools are developing and implemented a higher degree of leadership training within their students to help prepare them for success. We would like to extend our greatest thanks to the members of the VLI who have invested their time in creating and running this conference.



Registration is $30 for students and $90 for professional attendees. Registration will close Friday, November 7th. Please register online at:

If you wish to cancel your registration, please contact us via email. Refunds are available if requests are made at least 7 days prior to the event.


Who Should Attend

The Conference is constructed with the intent of benefiting everyone involved in veterinary practice, education, research, and any other affiliation you can think of. A greater depth and diversity of leaders within the profession can only benefit us a whole moving forward.


Continuing Education

This weekend will be offering CE credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians from the state of New York. The amount of credit provided will be listed soon.



All events will be held at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Registrants will be emailed a map and parking information prior to the event.


What to Wear

The weekend is intended to be a relaxing, yet engaging leadership conference. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended.


Tentative Schedule

Friday, Nov 14, 2014: What is Leadership?



4:30 pm

Registration Open

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Leadership Trajectory and Defining Leadership (dinner will be served)

6:30 – 7:45pm

Students – Misster Cornell Happy Hour sponsored by SCAVMA

8:00 pm

Misster Cornell


Saturday, Nov 15, 2014: Developing Leadership Skills



8:00 – 9:00am


9:00 - 10:30am

Imposter syndrome, mindset, and developing skills

10:30 - 10:45am


10:45am - Noon


12:00 - 1:00pm


1:00 - 2:30pm

Watch your wake and self-reflection

2:30 - 2:45pm


2:45 - 5:00 pm

Can we achieve work-life balance in the veterinary profession?

Sat Night

5:00pm - 7:30pm

TBD: Possible Social Activity


Sunday, Nov 16, 2014: Leadership in Practice



8:00 – 9:00am


9:00 - 9:45am

Almost Infinite Circle

9:45 - 10:30am

Personal Insight and Leadership Tie In

10:30 – 10:45 pm


10:45 - 12:00pm

Tower Building and Conclusion


This event is made possible by a donation from the AVMA PLIT/GHLIT. 

For more information about the VLI organization, or to view videos from the VLE, please visit

Questions can be emailed to