See You in Seattle!

Zoo Advisors once again has a full slate for @AZA2018 in Seattle. We’re looking forward to stimulating discussion, meeting new colleagues, connecting with old friends, and of course, great food and drink. Our team will be busy facilitating sessions, hosting events, catching up with clients, and learning what’s new in our field. Here’s what’s on our plate this year--


ZA’s President David Walsh has been promoting women in leadership for years, and this year stepped up with Zoo Advisors’ sponsorship of a women’s executive forum led by Sally Jewell and AZA incoming AZA Chair Peggy Sloan—and this in addition to our other activities in this arena!

Kathy Wagner, ZA Senior Associate, will be hosting her annual, standing-room-only session with a terrific panel: Lisa New (ZooKnoxville), Sarah Scates (Oakland Zoo), Steve Marshall (El Paso Zoo), and Dr. Jackie Ogden (retired, Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

Women in Leadership: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Wednesday September 26: 4:00pm – 5:30pm  

Zach Winfield, ZA Marketing and Analytics, lends his membership and marketing expertise and years of experience to a panel on Wednesday as well--

New Ideas for On-Site Member and Donor Acquisition

Wednesday September 26: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Eric Miller, ZA Senior Counsel, is leading a small group work session planning a new regional conservation initiative with several AZA organizations—stay tuned for more on this exciting project in the next few months.


ZA will be hosting a luncheon for Directors of Zoo Partner (Support) Organizations on Tuesday, September 25th, with Lori Rasatti of Skystone Partners as a featured speaker.

ZA is again inviting Next Gen Leaders to an exclusive late-night event over signature craft cocktails on Monday, bringing together those up-and-coming professionals in our field.

And in what has become an annual tradition, ZA will host a dinner of women zoo and aquarium leaders on Wednesday evening. We’re proud to bring together an ever-growing group to share experiences and celebrate—a group that has grown over the years from under 20 to close to 50!

The Food Scene in Seattle

What can we say, we’re foodies—and we’re really looking forward to exploring Seattle’s fabulous restaurant scene. We are always on the lookout for the hottest places in all the towns we visit. If you’re looking for tips in this great dining city, here are some ideas to get you started. For suggestions on dining, top attractions and hidden gems in Seattle (when will you have time??), check out this list or this one.

See you in Seattle!