Power of 10

Key Benefits

This program will cultivate your inner leader by identifying your unique leadership style, creating a personalized wellbeing plan, empowering you to effect positive change, and expanding your professional network. Members will reap many benefits from participating in this in-depth program, including:

  • Earn 22 Hours of online non-scientific CE.
  • Identify and cultivate your personal leadership style.
  • Customized wellbeing session to identify your needs and create a roadmap for emotional and physical wellness.
  • Develop diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills by learning how to have critical conversations that lead to positive change in your practice and beyond.
  • Learn how organized veterinary medicine impacts public policy and how you can get involved.
  • Expand your network with classmates and other veterinary professionals.


The OVMA Power of 10 Program consists of five focused sessions over a several-month period.

At the very start of the self-awareness journey is Insights Discovery. A psychometric tool based on the psychology of Carl Jung, Insights Discovery is built to help people understand themselves, understand others, and make the most of the relationships that affect them in the workplace.


Wednesday, May 18
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


OVMA Volunteer & Conference Center
1472 Manning Pkwy., Powell

About the Speaker

Heidi Hulon, DVM

Heidi Hulon, DVM earned a B.S. in zoology and a DVM from Auburn University. Since 2011, Dr. Hulon has been a regional consulting veterinarian for Elanco Animal Health, where she provides Beyond Product Value Programs to veterinary customers across the country. She is trained in FRANK Communication Skills; is certified as a Compassion Fatigue Professional, a Fear Free Professional, an Insights Discovery Practitioner, and the Human Animal Bond; and holds a Positive Psychology Specialization.



Special thanks to Elanco Animal Health for supporting this workshop.

Prior to this session, participants will be asked to complete a brief survey that will be used by the instructor to customize the workshop based on the needs of the cohort.


Wednesday, June 22
6 to 9 p.m.


Virtual via Zoom

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Strand, LCSW

Elizabeth Strand, LCSW is the founding director of veterinary social work at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. With 20 years of experience social work, she is a licensed clinical social worker, experienced family therapist, grief recovery specialist, and a mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. She also is a compassion fatigue specialist and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in social work. Dr. Strand's areas of interest include the link between human and animal violence, animals in family systems, the development of veterinary social work, communication skills, conflict resolution, and stress management techniques in animal-related environments. Her professional mission is to encourage the humane treatment of both people and animals and to care for those professionals who care for animals.

More information to come!

It's long past time to have critical conversations that lead to positive change. Recent research supports what we know intuitively: That diversity matters, and diversity is good for business. Therefore, we must get comfortable being uncomfortable as we intentionally create environments that welcome these tough conversations.

After discussing the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), participants will learn the terminology as the stage is set to explore a variety of tools and resources that support individual and organizational growth. Participants will then be guided through the creation of a personalized and actionable DEI leadership roadmap.


Wednesday, July 20
6 to 9 p.m.


Virtual via Zoom

About the Speaker

Mia Cary, DVM

Mia Cary, DVM is the CEO and change agent at Cary Consulting in Greensboro, N.C., where she specializes in leadership, strategy, teamwork, communication, innovation, energy infusion, and special projects. After earning her bachelor's degree from Murray State University, she spent six years researching marine mammals before heading to the University of Florida for her DVM. After a stint working in private practice, Dr. Cary held a variety of positions at Novartis Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, the North American Veterinary Conference, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. In addition to serving as CEO of Pride VMC, Dr. Cary is past president of the American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV), serves as a champion for Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM), and sits on the Advisory Board for the Veterinary Entrepreneur Academy (VEA).

Organized veterinary medicine provides opportunities to cultivate both being a leader in your profession, and to ensure a collective voice is heard on matters of importance. Using some past and current examples we'll explore how your colleagues contributed to make big differences in the direction of their organization as well guiding successful public policy outcomes.


Wednesday, Aug. 17
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square, Columbus

About the Speakers

Jack Advent

Jack Advent, CAE is the executive director of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, a post he has held since 1998. He previously worked for two Ohio trade associations prior to joining OVMA. Advent is a past president and board member of the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives and the Ohio Society of Association Executives. He earned his certified association executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 1994.

Michael Guastella

Michael Guastella is the government relations counsel for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. He previously served as the deputy director of government and community relations at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. His legislative liaison experience includes working with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Commerce. Prior to his legislative work, he was a constituent aide for Gov. John Kasich and worked in various political campaigns. Michael graduated from Kent State with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Every veterinarian is a leader that makes an impact in their workplace and community. One of the most valuable frameworks for leadership development is through the domains of emotional intelligence (EI) identified by Drs. Goleman and Boyatzis: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Within these four domains are 12 specific competencies that can be learned to increase understanding and mastery of emotional intelligence. The competencies are emotional self-awareness, emotional self-control, achievement orientation, positive outlook, adaptability, empathy, organizational awareness, influence, coach and mentor, conflict management, inspirational leadership, and teamwork.

Developing individual and team emotional intelligence provides methods for handling stress, managing conflict, and improving workplace relationships. Leaders who create a personal vision, identify their core values, and develop EI skills, help create a culture of trust, employee engagement, and wellbeing.


Wednesday, Sept. 21
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


OVMA Volunteer & Conference Center
1472 Manning Pkwy., Powell

About the Speaker

Michelle Harcha

Inspired to become a veterinarian by her grandfather, Michelle Harcha, DVM, M.A. received her bachelor’s and DVM degrees from The Ohio State University, after which she spent more than 10 years in Cincinnati as an emergency, relief, and small animal veterinarian. Wanting to better understand the business side of veterinary medicine, she completed a Master of Arts in business management at Antioch University McGregor in 2001. Her career took her to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, where she held a variety of positions over 12 years that included working with veterinarians, technicians, staff, faculty, and students in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. In 2007, she returned to her alma mater and became the director of alumni services and professional development education. Developing curriculum to help students acquire leadership and communication skills helped her to see the next phase of her career, and in 2017, she formed LeadYourShip, LLC, which provides veterinary practices with training in leadership, emotional intelligence, and communication skills. Dr. Harcha has been a member of the OVMA since 1985 and has served on multiple committees and the Board of Directors. A cancer survivor, she is a strong advocate for Pelotonia, the Stefanie Spielman Fund, The James at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, and the Komen Race for the Cure. She resides in Grove City, Ohio, with her yellow lab, Colby.

Cohort Advisor

Amanda Wagner

Dr. Amanda Wagner works at Tri County Veterinary Service in Anna, a mixed animal practice serving both farm and companion animals. She received her B.S. in biology from The University of Findlay in 2009 and her DVM from The Ohio State University in 2013. Dr. Wagner represents District 2 on the OVMA Board of Directors, serves as the OVMA’s Food Animal Education Committee Chair, and is a member of the Upper Valley Career Center Veterinary Science Advisory Committee. In 2016, Dr. Wagner represented the OVMA as a Future Leader at the Veterinary Leadership Conference and is a past participant in OVMA’s Leadership Development Program. She is also a member of AVMA, AABP, and Ohio Dairy Veterinarians.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Wagner enjoys spending time with her dogs, playing softball, kayaking, cycling, and hiking. She is a “big sister” with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is active in her church, Lima Baptist Temple.

Criteria & Application

The OVMA Power of 10 is open to all OVMA members, at any stage of their career. It is offered free of charge to accepted applicants. To qualify, you must:

  • Be an OVMA Member in good standing.
  • Commit to volunteering at an OVMA-sponsored event or on a planning committee upon program completion.

Click below to apply or to nominate a colleague by Friday, April 29. Applicants will be notified by May 6 regarding their acceptance to the program.

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