Application Deadline: July 15, 2019

GVMA is excited to continue the national veterinary Power of 10 Leadership Academy in Georgia. Power of 10 is designed to help recent graduates and others interested in developing foundational skills in leadership, communication and business.

The Power of 10 will have a combination of in-person, teleconference, and webinar meetings. Participants will discuss dates and times for the teleconference/accountability meetings at the initial meeting.

Key Benefits

/1 Develop a fundamental understanding of leadership skills & emotional intelligence

/2 Deepen comprehension of communication styles & skills

/3 Acquire critical skills to intensify business acumen

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

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

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

/7 Experience a supportive environment that fosters collaborative relationships & lifelong interactions

How It Works

GVMA will select up to 10 participants into the Power of 10 Leadership Academy. Participants will have access to leaders, skills, and experiential opportunities that promote personal, professional, and career growth. Best of all, Power of 10 is free, you acquire free CE, and requires only your commitment to learning and improvement.

As a veterinarian we take on many roles in the community. The Power of 10 will provide guidance in answering basic questions like:

“What are my future goals in veterinary medicine as a student, doctor, counselor, mentor, and leader?”

“How do I develop and maintain a work life balance that assists me in reaching my future goals?”

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. You will need a letter of  support from your employer for attendance. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in the Recent Graduates Conference and the GVMA Fall Convention.

Participants will receive full tuition scholarships to the program. GVMA will provide food for gatherings, coaches and the curriculum team, and lodging for the first meeting (Recent Graduates Conference); participants are otherwise responsible for their own lodging if needed and for transportation to all learning experiences.

“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


About The Team

Dr. Tasha Axam and Dr. Melissa Roberts – two GVMA members recognized collectively 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.

Dr. Rory Hekking, Dr. Emily Adesso, and Dr. Caitriona Mathews are prior Power of 10 participants that will be directly involved with the leadership academy creating a bridge between mentorship and leadership.

Dr. Keri Riddick, GVMA’s Immediate Past President and Chair of the GVMA Leadership Committee, oversees the program and is the biggest advocate for leadership at all ages and stages. A practice owner and established leader within the GVMA, her local constituent group, and her community, Dr. Riddick is a great example of what strong leadership looks like. Susan Blevins, GVMA’s Executive Director, will be handling all of the logistics for our group and ensuring that your learning experience is top notch in every way.

2019-2020 Curriculum

For those candidates seriously interested in growing professionally with the Power of 10 Leadership Academy, we need you to be aware that our group will communicate at least once a month. There will be a total of 6 face-to-face meetings during the year, with the first meeting being comprised of a weekend retreat combined with the Young Leaders Conference. The additional meetings will be teleconference or skype calls.

Below is an outline/draft of our required events for the 2019-2020 year:

  • Aug 22-25 | Recent Graduates Conference/Innovative Leadership Experience | Great Wolf Lodge – LaGrange, GA
    (All August dates are in conjunction with Recent Graduates Conference. Attendance on night of the 22nd strongly recommended, but not required.)
    —  Aug 22 | Power of Ten Orientation | 6 – 9 PM
    —  Aug 23 | Insights Discovery® | Goals include: increasing self-awareness, helping people perform at their highest level, promoting effective relationships at work, improving communication, and decreasing conflict. | 9 AM – 1 PM
    —  Aug 24 | Skills Lab: Communication & Conflict Resolution + Defining Goals for the Power of 10 & Outlining Projects: Every year Power of 10 participants choose a project to work on as a group that gives back to the veterinary community and the GVMA. | 12:30 – 2 PM
  • Oct 18- 20 | GVMA Fall Convention | The Hotel at Avalon – Alpharetta, GA
  • Oct | Skills Lab: Introduction to Leadership & Personal Goal Setting | Date/Time/Location TBD by Participants
  • Nov | Accountability Meeting/Teleconference | Date/Time TBD by Participants
  • Jan 29 | Veterinarians Day at the Capitol | Georgia Freight Depot – Atlanta, GA | 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Feb | Accountability Meeting/Teleconference
  • Mar 18 | Skills Lab | Topic/Time/Location TBD by Participants
  • May 20 | Skills Lab: Mindfulness in Leadership | Time/Location TBD by Participants
  • June 4-7 | Emerald Coast Veterinary Conference | Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort – Destin, FL (Not required.)
  • July 15 | Skills Lab: Diversity | Time/Location TBD by Participants

Ready to Apply?

Please complete the online application and submit your supervisor recommendation by July 15, 2019. Recommendation letter must include statement that employer will allow applicant time off for meetings & events as noted in the calendar above.