*the GVMA is no longer accepting applications to the 2017-2018 program

Join the GVMA for an exciting leadership program! Power of Ten is a GVMA initiative designed to help recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. Application deadline is Friday, September 1, 2017. Select the button below to complete your application.

The Power of 10 will have a combination of in-person, teleconference, and webinar format. Participants will decide meeting dates and times at the initial meeting to reduce or eliminate time off for program participation.



How It Works

Ten participants will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the Power of Ten leadership academy. GVMA members from any practice type or career path are invited to apply. Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences that commence in October, 2017, and culminate in October, 2018. Power of Ten is a pathway to help recent graduates answer questions such as:

  • 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?

Participation in the Power of Ten class creates a spirit of community with participants who will build lasting bonds with other members of the leadership academy class.

In-person learning experiences are scheduled once a month — and the entire program is designed to garner support from practice owners who recognize their key responsibility in developing human potential. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a listserv, webinars, and other special offerings exclusive to the Power of Ten.

Key Benefits

/1 Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills and emotional intelligence

/2 Deepen comprehension of communication styles and skills

/3 Acquire critical skills to intensify business acumen

/4 Gain the competency to utilize these skills within one’s life, practice, and community

/5 Heighten awareness of one’s self and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around you

/6 Develop a vision of the leader you can be — and what it takes to become that leader

2017-2018 Topics

  • DISC assessment
  • Intro to the GVMA & GVMA Foundation
  • Becoming a Leader in your Practice
  • Communication Strategies
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Work/life integration
  • Innovation
  • Veterinary Biz: 101
  • Veterinary Service Projects

“My favorite part of this experience was the personal growth that happened because of this group. I do and will continue to cherish the friendships that I have made. I think all of us have grown as individuals, professionals, parents, friends, colleagues, associates, bosses but most importantly young (I use that term loosely) LEADERS!” 

Melissa Roberts, DVM / Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital, Kennesaw

“I just feel that each workshop had such a positive impact on all aspects of my life allowing me to become a more effective and well rounded person (veterinarian, mother, wife, friend).” 

Caitriona Matthews, DVM / Weems Road Animal Hospital, Columbus

“I loved the relationships that were formed. I look forward to growing in the GVMA with these people and serving in positions with the association as we progress in our careers.”

Rory Hekking, DVM / Etowah Animal Hospital, Marietta


Ready to Apply?

Please complete the online application and submit your supervisor recommendation by September 1. Recommendation letter must include statement that employer will allow applicant time off for once a month, Saturday meetings along with two weekends dedicated to service projects. Contact Lindsay Corley at Lindsay@gvma.net with questions.