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Wolfpack Leadership Conference

March 3 – 4, 2023

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The Wolfpack Leadership Conference is hosted annually by the NC State Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA).  The conference welcomes veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, veterinary office managers, and NC State faculty for a weekend of CE focused on developing and enhancing leadership within the veterinary profession. This program is approved for 5 hours of veterinary continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

The program for this year’s Wolfpack Leadership Conference is entitled Cultivating a Sustainable Profession

Friday March 3, 2023
6:00 PMEvent registration / Social
6:30 PMWelcome announcements
7:30 PMKeynote Address: "Courageous Conversations" - Dr. Sonja Olson
8:30 PMClosing announcements
Saturday March 4, 2023
8:00 AMRegistration / breakfast
8:45 AMAnnouncements
9:00 AM"Compassionate Confidence" - Dr. Ginger Templeton
9:50 AMBreak
10:00 AM"Belonging for Groups & Teams" - Mike Falconer
10:50 AM Break
11:00 AMWorkshop
12:00 PMLunch
12:30 PMLeadership Panel
1:30 PMBreak
1:45 PM"How to Live Financially Well" - Andrew Rotz
2:35 PMBreak
2:45 PM"You Can't Spell Veterinary Professional without 'Stress" - Dr. Laura Garlow
3:45 PMClosing announcements
Mike Falconer
Hospital Administrator
Craig Road Animal Hospital
Mike Falconer
After a career in the entertainment lighting business encompassing, sales, technical support, marketing, photography, and writing, I now manage and market veterinary hospitals. I also write about managing, marketing, and veterinary hospitals, on multiple outlets including my blog, Quora, and Twitter. I routinely speak online, at conferences, and veterinary schools, on management, financials, and marketing.
Laura Garlow, DVM
United Veterinary Care
Mentorship Program Director
 Laura Garlow, DVM
Dr. Garlow graduated from North Carolina State University in 2014. Since then she has worked at several speciality hospitals and served as Chief of Service of Internal Medicine at Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital. She started at United Veterinary Care in 2021 as the Mentorship Program Director where she develops and implements a structured mentorship program that will support partner hospitals with resources to provide a comprehensive mentorship experience for new graduate veterinarians and empower both new and experienced veterinarians with tools to develop and sustain productive and fulfilling careers.
Sonja A. Olson, DVM
BluePearl Veterinary Partners - Wellness Coach
 Sonja A. Olson, DVM

Sonja Olson, DVM, is a full-time wellness educator with the BluePearl health and well-being team, where she educates EmERge program clinicians, BluePearl associates, and regional social workers about wellness topics. She is also certified as a mental health First Aid instructor and compassion fatigue educator with Green Cross Academy of Traumatology's Figley Institute.
Andrew Rotz, CFP®, CCFC
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Director of Personal Finance and Financial Literacy
Andrew Rotz, CFP®, CCFC
Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine
Andrew Rotz is a CFP® Practitioner, Certified College Financial Consultant, and NAPFA member with a lifelong mission to serve his community. In his role as the Director of Personal Finance and Financial Literacy at NCSU's CVM in Raleigh, North Carolina, Andrew teaches students to plan around many factors including interests, abilities, values, personality, background, market conditions, and circumstances.

In his work with Tide & Tempest Financial Planning, Andrew helps clients and their families know and understand their needs, wishes, wants and the world that influences them to make intentional financial and life decisions. His mission is to enrich, educate, and engage the veterinary community to achieve better financial wellness and peace of mind.

Andrew is co-host of Pawcast: Navigating the Veterinary Profession, a podcast offering advice to the veterinary profession on career development, personal finance and the business of veterinary medicine. Andrew also serves his country as a US Navy Reserve officer and recently returned from a deployment to the Middle East. He is married with two sons, living in Raleigh, NC.
Ginger Templeton, DVM, MS MentorVet
Director of Learning
and Development
Ginger Templeton, DVM, MS
Dr. Ginger Templeton provides personal and professional coaching to veterinarians, helping them rediscover their passion for life and veterinary medicine. Dr. Templeton is an experienced small animal veterinarian and attended veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2021, she earned the Veterinary Human Support Certification through the Department of Social Work at the University of Tennessee and has completed post-graduate executive training through the College of Executive Coaching. Dr. Templeton has two, delightful teenagers and a supportive husband, two naughty dogs, and one very spicy cat, named Tonx.

Registration includes:

  • 5 hours RACE approved Veterinary Continuing Education Credit
  • Friday evening Social
  • Saturday breakfast and lunch

Registraion fee:

  • Current VBMA students Free
  • VBMA Alumni $100
  • DVM, Veterinary Technicians, Practice Managers $125

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