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Purpose: Zach Mercurio
When I talk with pet professionals about their work and why it matters, one phrase comes up over and over: "I[...]
Trust: Alexandra Kurland
When I thought about the topic of trust, the person I most wanted to talk with was horse trainer Alexandra[...]
Control: Casey McGee, CPDT-KA, CSAT, CTC
Control is a sticky, tricky subject. To be called "controlling" is bad. Yet it's normal to want to exert some[...]
Judgment: Sandy Weaver
Do you judge yourself more harshly than you judge anyone else? Are you aware of the judgments as they occur?[...]
Scarcity: Jean Donaldson
​​Scarcity. What happens when you feel there isn't enough of something? When you want to grab hold and not let[...]
Video: How to take a positive experience and make it better
​​Video Transcript​Our brains are wired to make negative experiences more powerful and memorable than positive experiences. That's awesome from evolutionary[...]
Video: How downtime helps pet professionals
​Video Transcript What do you like to do outside of work? What are the activities that fill you up? What[...]
Meaning: Josh Vaisman
​​Do you find meaning in your work? ​Understanding and ​really feeling the impact you make on on the world shapes[...]

Colleen Pelar is a superb speaker! I have heard her present numerous times at very large conferences and in smaller meetings, and she has excelled each time. She is well-prepared, knows her material, speaks from the heart, and includes great humor. She is both profound and practical. There are many people who share my assessment of her, and in fact, I have heard only excellent comments from others who have heard her speak as well. I give her my unreserved and highest recommendation.

Dr. Rise VanFleet

President of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy, child/family psychologist, play therapist, and author

If you haven’t heard Colleen Pelar present, you’re missing out! Banish the days of monotone speakers in a darkened room boring everyone to tears. Colleen is a passionate educator with a great presentation style that’s engaging, relatable, and fun. You’ll learn and almost certainly laugh out loud. I’ve heard her speak in multiple venues from a horse barn to a state-of-the-art conference center and regardless of whether she’s talking to 10 people or 200, she is a master at connecting with her audience and energizing the room. I recommend her wholeheartedly!

Mary Margaret Callahan

 Senior National Director, Program Development, Pet Partners

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