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Are you interested in IVMA’s Power of Ten Leadership Program?


The Power of Ten Leadership (POTL) Program is an IVMA initiative designed to cultivate leadership capacity in recent graduates and provide learning experiences that will enrich the individual and benefit the individual’s practice, community, and profession. 

How it works ~


The Power of Ten Leadership Program will provide ten recent graduates (graduated from a college of veterinary medicine with a DVM degree in the years 2009-2015) with six leadership development sessions over a seven-month period.  IVMA will provide topic experts and meeting expenses at no charge for participants to attend sessions that not only convey the key learning points about leadership, but also deepen the understanding of class members on a number of related topics.  Sessions will include six face-to-face sessions in Indianapolis. 


Key Benefits ~

Through the Power of Ten, participants will:

  • Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills, personal branding, and emotional intelligence
  • Deepen comprehension of communication styles and skills
  • Gain the competency to utilize these skills within ones' life, practice, and community
  • Experience a supportive environment that fosters meaningful interpersonal relationships and collaborative, lifelong interactions


Curriculum ~


  • Personality assessments – understanding yourself and others to develop effective strategies to deal with different or difficult people/colleagues – our kick-off session is set for Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at Elanco Headquarters in Greenfield, IN
  • Communication within the practice setting and with staff - Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at IVMA offices in downtown Indianapolis
  • Helping you be the best you can be - understanding the principles of emotional intelligence - Thursday, October 29, 2015, Indianapolis
  • Compassion Fatigue - how do I cope with the challenges of practice? - Wednesday, November 18, 2015, IVMA offices in downtown Indianpolis
  • Regulatory Medicine and the Legislative Process - December 2015 - IN State Board of Animal Health Offices, Indianapolis
  • Potpourri Day - a full day of key opinion leaders who will engage in time management, goal-setting, legal issues, and financial matters - an interactive day - January, 2016, IVMA offices in downtown Indianapolis


Check out this video testimonial from the most recent Power of Ten Class - click here

What was the feedback from recent POTL classed?  See what they had to say:


"The POTL opportunity definitely filled a void that I had been looking to fill over the past few years.  I have always had an interest in organized veterinary medicine stemming from my involvement in numerous organizations during high school and college.  My first few years of my veterinary career were spent becoming comfortable with applying all the skills I had learned in veterinary school.  The POTL experience provided me an opportunity to learn other important skills for a veterinarian such as communication, personality types, financial skills, and time management. This experience has also reignited my interest in organized veterinary medicine and has led me to pursue involvement with the IVMA and the Membership Committee. I would highly recommend this opportunity for all recent graduates.”

Jennifer S. Stresemann, DVM

Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2006



"I fully endorse the POTL.  I was able to learn more about myself though personality and communication training.  The training has paid off in more successful communication with my clients and staff.  It is well worth your time and energy.”

Aaron Smiley, DVM

Devonshire Veterinary Clinic

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2007


"The Power of 10 leadership program was extremely beneficial.  The content included topics that are not often spoken about in day to day practice (goal setting, compassion fatigue, personal finances, communication) but are essential to making us, as young veterinarians, successful and able to thrive in this profession.  The program also allowed networking with fellow veterinarians.  Overall, it was an excellent program and I would recommend it to any recent graduate.”

Jen Fife, DVM

Bush Veterinary Services

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2010


"The Power of Ten Leadership program was a valuable and worthwhile series of meetings that provided tools and tactics that could be implemented straight away in both my professional and personal lives. I took away an abundance of resources related to time management, financial management, and legal issues of concern to our profession. I identified a number of ways to better myself, and learned strategies for becoming a more effective communicator and leader.”

Maria Cooper, DVM

Indiana State Board of Animal Health

Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2011


"The future leaders program was a fantastic way to meet and network with other veterinary professionals in Indiana. It helped me learn how to more effectively communicate as well as work with other people that may have different personality styles than me."

Leslie Sadeghi-Brooks, DVM

Care Animal Hospital

University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2012


What do I need to do to sign up?


·        First – Get your practice owner to commit to supporting your involvement in this initiative since it means you will likely miss six days of work for these important sessions.

·        Second – Fill out the Power of Ten Leadership Program Application Form below and wait to hear from the selection committee. Under the "Statement of Participant" question, please briefly express why you're interested in participating in this leadership program.

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