Follow the Leader - where's ZA at AZA?

The Zoo Advisors team is again leading the way on issues that are important to you and will be busy at the AZA 2015 conference. For our third year, we’re proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the Conference. We’re looking forward to seeing you at one of the many events or talks we’ll be hosting or facilitating this year.

Here’s what’s on our calendar –

  • Two sessions – one on Leadership & Board Development; the other on Women in Leadership
  • Women’s Leadership Dinner hosted by ZA
  • ZA's VIP late evening cocktail party on Saturday night
  • Sponsoring the Director’s Dinner on Saturday night
  • Society/Foundation/Friends Director’s Dinner on Sunday night hosted by ZA & GLMV
  • Membership Manager’s Breakfast on Monday morning with ZA & THA

Here are all the details:

Program Sessions

Back by popular demand and overwhelming numbers – Women in Leadership, Part II – returns with Kathy Wagner bringing together five incredibly talented women to share their lessons for success

When – Saturday, September 19th at 10:30AM

Hear from Directors and their Board members talk about board development issues at a session that David Walsh will be facilitating- Leadership Lessons - What it Takes to Run a Successful Organization - Perspectives from Directors and Their Bosses

When – Sunday, September 20th at 2:00PM

Social Events

Annual Women’s Leadership Dinner
Friday, September 18th @ 8:00PM
Cucina Toscana Restaurant

For the third consecutive year, Zoo Advisors will be hosting a dinner event for women zoo, aquarium, and support group leadership executives. The event provides a totally unique opportunity for the women leaders of our industry to get together and share notes in a relaxed environment over cocktails and dinner. This is an invitation only event. If you are a senior leader and interested in attending, please email us and we will try to accommodate you.

VIP Zoo Advisors Late Evening Cocktail & Dessert Party
Saturday, September 19th 9:00PM until late (doors open at 8:30PM)
Caffé Molise Restaurant, 55 West 100 S, Salt Lake City

Come and enjoy a post-dinner or late night drink on Zoo Advisors. Get the chance to chat with friends and colleagues in this great space close to all the conference hotels. We’ll be there late. Not only are drinks but light desserts are on us! Hope to see you there!

Society/Foundation/Friends Groups Directors Dinner
Sunday, September 20th @ 7:30PM
Market Street Grill

For the fourth year, Zoo Advisors, along with GLMV Architects, is hosting Directors of Zoo Support Organizations for a dinner to catch up with colleagues, share stories and lessons, and meet new friends. This event provides an excellent opportunity to talk with others in ‘the same boat’ running the organizations that are critical to the success of their public zoo partners.

Membership Managers Breakfast
Monday, September 21st @ 8:00AM
Marriott Hotel – Deer Valley Room

One of the most critical aspects of a strong membership program is an effective and efficient renewal process. In our work with membership staff throughout the industry, we’ve seen many different strategies employed with varying degrees of effort and success.

If you’re part of an AZA membership staff team, join us and Jess Harrington from The Harrington Agency for a light breakfast and information sharing session to discuss the ins and outs of renewals. Come ready to talk about your particular success and pain-points. Our goal is to facilitate a good discussion and a path towards higher returns and lower resource investment. We’ll put the coffee on!