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Tawny Hammond

National Director of Leadership Advancement for Best Friends Animal Society

The National Director for Leadership Advancement for Best Friends Animal Society, Tawny Hammond has more than 30 years of experience in the public service arena, creating and implementing programs and services for people and their pets, working effectively with appointed and elected officials, creating and leading teams focused on professional excellence and lifesaving best practices.

Tawny currently leads Best Friends’ leadership advancement initiatives with a focus on strengthening existing leader’s skill sets for the goal of ending the killing of shelter pets in their communities. She hopes to add an additional focus to the program which will consist of developing programs to assist seasoned leadership from other fields and disciplines interested in making the transition into animal welfare and services leadership.

Tawny has a proven track record of success, serving for more than 25 years in municipal government in Fairfax County, Virginia. She brought the Fairfax County Animal Shelter to a 90 percent live release rate in less than two years by removing breed restrictions, growing a robust volunteer program, establishing a cutting-edge foster program for the dogs losing their lives, strengthening community cat programs, and establishing the animal shelter as a community center for residents of Fairfax.

Tawny is also the former chief of animal services for the city of Austin, Texas. Under Tawny’s leadership, Austin and Travis County, Texas, reached a new milestone in 2017, achieving live outcomes for 98 percent of the more than 17,000 animals who came through the doors. Tawny is devoted to ending the killing of pets in shelters and believes that how we treat pets and their people is connected to social justice, community wellness and our compassion as a society.

Tawny, her spouse, Amy, and their dog, Rosie, live in Traverse City, Michigan, where they enjoy the beautiful Michigan outdoors.

Friday Feb 28th, 2020

What Qualities Do Emerging Leaders Need to Succeed?

Clock Icon6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Map Icon Capitol E, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Are you trying to grow as a leader? Thinking about succession plans and how to grow leadership within your organization? Tawny Hammond and Denise Deisler present a foundation for understanding how to cultivate the leadership abilities that will enable your or your staff to reach their highest potential.

Saturday Feb 29th, 2020

Ensuring Accountability Around Life and Death Decisions

Clock Icon4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Map Icon Capitol E, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

What does it mean to be accountable to life and death as a leader? Learn how to implement policies that will keep your organization accountable and increase lifesaving across your organization.

Sunday Mar 1st, 2020

Building Resilience and Excitement Around Change Panel

Clock Icon3:30 pm - 4:10 pm
Map Icon Capitol E, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Does your team fall apart when difficulties seem insurmountable in times of crisis? Learn from people who have experienced, first-hand, what it means to be leaders of change in difficult municipalities. Shelly Thompson moderates this panel to help you get the insider tips on how to cultivate a team of resilience and how to build strong teams that will rally around you.

Leading Through Relationships: Friends Who Can Effect Change

Clock Icon4:25 pm - 5:05 pm
Map Icon Capitol F-H, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Strong relationships are key in creating No Kill public policy. Learn how to put No Kill on your community's public policy agenda. This is one of the most critical things you can do.

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