What is IVMA LEAD?

  • The LEAD program is developed as an honor to the 25+ years of service by Lisa Perius, CAE, IVMA Executive Director. IVMA LEAD honors the legacy of Lisa to continue to lead the IVMA, develop and harness member veterinarians’ leadership abilities, and care for their well-being.
  • IVMA LEAD will kick off its inaugural session on Friday, February 3, 2023, and conclude at Noon on Saturday, February 4, 2023.
  • It is an overnight, intensive, leadership training and wellness “boot camp” to recharge, energize, and stimulate personal and professional growth.
  • This session is open to all IVMA members.
  • 8 hours of continuing education will be offered.

What will participants learn?

  • Explore and build individual capacity for resilience and well-being.
  • Deepen your understanding and practice of personal and servant leadership, emotional intelligence, communication skills, conflict management, and self-care strategies.
  • Engage in peer-to-peer collaboration, network and community building, teamwork, and reflective practice.

Speakers & Schedule

Featured Speaker

Dr. Betsy Charles, DVM, MA
Executive Director of Veterinary Leadership Institute

In short, Dr. Charles is an Adidas wearing, hip hop dancing veterinary radiologist who wants to change the world by cultivating a community of leaders through curiosity, creative conversations, and connection. What are the specifics? She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with advanced residency training in diagnostic imaging as well as a Master’s Degree in Organization Leadership.

She believes we all have the capacity to be exceptional people of influence by living into our true identities and learning the skills necessary to become emotionally intelligent and effective communicators, relationship builders, and boundary setters.  When she takes a break from trying to make a positive difference for the profession, she enjoys having meaningful and authentic conversations with all who cross her path, developing young entrepreneurs as they pursue their passions, spending time with her horses, and reading.

Session Room:  William Conner Boardroom – Embassy Suites

Friday, 02/03



Welcome. Let’s get this party started!!

We will kick things off with an activity designed to help us get to know one another in an introvert friendly manner. No stress, nothing weird- just creative conversation led  by someone else.


Setting the Stage for Leaving a Leadership Legacy

To understand how to leave a positive leadership legacy, we must first define leadership. Through an interactive discussion, we will work together to identify what it looks like to lead well and set the stage for equipping others to do the same.


Break / Working Dinner Served


From Victim to Hero- How do we change the narrative?

The stories we tell ourselves about our profession matter. The words we use in those stories matter. Using neuroscience research, we will learn the skills that will allow us to change the narrative, so we are the heroes in this epic story that is veterinary medicine, heroes that use specific skills to lead well. We will begin to understand how to override our fight/flight/freeze responses, so we lead proactively instead of re-actively.


Embrace Your Inner Speedo Guy

Instead of trying to be like everyone else or even worse, trying to be the person you think everyone wants you to be, get excited about being exactly who you are. Using an interactive discussion format, we will discuss what happens to you and those around you when you lead as your authentic self.



Saturday, 02/04



Can’t we all just get along?

As a team, getting to know each other in an authentic way is critical. Using curiosity and creative conversation, this session will allow the team the opportunity to learn about each other in a non-threatening way that sets the stage for deeper conversation. Because we live in a world where terms like micro-aggression, privilege and safe spaces can cause us to be hesitant to engage with others, especially those who are different than us, leaders must be willing to enter the conversation in an educated way. This session will lay a foundation for team unity as well as effective communication about diversity while also introducing a few core skills of difficult conversations.




The Reverse Legacy of our Time- Setting Boundaries

If we are going to lead well and allow all members of the veterinary team to thrive, we must master the skill of setting and maintaining boundaries. The younger generations are showing us what this might look like. We must take advantage of this amazing opportunity to collaborate. We will build on the skill sets from the previous session and create individual strategies for how to put effective boundaries in place and maintain them.




Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
13700 Conference Center Drive South, Noblesville, IN 46060


$99 Registration Fee:  Includes meals, Continuing Education Sessions, and your Hotel Room for Friday Evening

This event is only available to IVMA Members and has a registration limit of 25 participants.