Power of Ten is a new GVMA initiative designed to help recent graduates* develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business.


How It Works

Ten participants will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the Power of Ten leadership academy.  Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences that commence in October 2015 and culminates in November 2016. Power of Ten is a pathway to help recent graduates answer questions like:

  • I emerged from veterinary school and I’m in practice – but how can I get a better grasp on what makes me tick?
  • Now that I have a technical staff, how can I form, manage and lead an effective team?
  • Who am I in the bigger picture, and what can I give to my family, my community, and my profession that will be my legacy?”We anticipate that the Power of Ten class will also create a sense of community and participants will likely build lasting bonds with other members of the leadership academy class.

In-person learning experiences are scheduled to minimize the impact on working hours - and the entire program is designed to garner support from practice owners who recognize their key responsibility in developing human resources. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in the GVMA Fall Convention November 6-8.

Dr. Tasha Axam and Dr. Kelly O'Neill  - two GVMA members recognized for their leadership, communication, and business skills - are the Power of 10 curriculum coaches. They'll be assisted by a team of subject matter experts, veterinary mentors, and certified facilitators in helping Power of 10 participants grow through in-depth, high-impact learning experiences.

Participants will receive full tuition scholarships to the program. GVMA will provide food for gatherings, coaches and the curriculum team, and lodging for the initial gathering; participants are otherwise responsible for their own lodging if needed and for transportation to all learning experiences.

Key Benefits

Through the Power of Ten, participants will:

  • Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills and emotional intelligence
  • Deepen comprehension of communication styles and skills
  • Acquire critical skills to intensify business acumen
  • Gain the competency to utilize these skills within one’s life, practice, and community
  • Heighten awareness of one’s self and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around you
  • Develop a vision of the leader you can be – and what it takes to become that leader
  • Experience a supportive environment that fosters meaningful interpersonal relationships and collaborative, lifelong interactions

Sample Curriculum:

October 16-17 - Orientation/Retreat
November 7 - GVMA Fall Convention/Leadership Development

February 3 - Advocacy/Veterinarian's Day at the Capitol
April - Goal Setting/Work-Life Balance/Time Management
May - Personal Finance/Contract Law
August - Diversity/Compassion Fatigue