The Power of Ten Leadership Program is an MVMA initiative designed to cultivate leadership capacity in recent graduates (graduated between 2013 and 2020) and provide learning experiences that will enrich the individual and benefit the individual’s practice, community, and profession. It is designed to help recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business.

Participation in the Power of Ten class creates a spirit of community and participants 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 potential.

Dr. Mark Albrecht, MVMA Secretary/Treasurer, and Dr. Katie Rein, MVMA Past President, are the curriculum coaches. They will be assisted by subject matter experts, veterinary mentors, and certified facilitators in helping Power of Ten participants grow through in-depth, high-impact learning experiences. 

There is no tuition fee for this program. MVMA will provide coaches and the curriculum team, the meeting room facilities and the CE. Participants are responsible for their own food and lodging, if needed, and for transportation to all learning experiences. 

Key Benefits

  • 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.

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How do I sign up?

  • To derive the most benefit from the program, your attendance is expected at all Power of Ten meetings. Get your practice owner’s commitment to support your involvement in this initiative since it means you will likely miss a few days of work for these important sessions. See dates listed below.
  • Complete the application form and submit it by July 20, 2020.  You will be advised of selection outcomes by July 27.

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Monday, July 20, 2020:   Application deadline 

Thursday, August 27:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm      Skills Lab and Welcome to MVMA
      -held in conjunction with MVMA Summer Meeting at Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula

  • Personal Effectiveness and Communications:  Insights Discovery personality training with Heidi Hulon; generously sponsored by Elanco Animal Health
  • Lunch with members of first Power of Ten Class
  • MVMA Member Benefits and Industry Issues
  • Attend MVMA Executive Board Meeting (3:00 – 6:00 pm)

 November: Date to be determined

  • Conference call on introduction to core communication


Thursday, January 21:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm      Professional Development Session
      -held in conjunction with MVMA Winter Meeting at Best Western Gran Tree Inn, Bozeman  

  • Workplace Culture, Empathizing/Connecting with Clients
  • Wellness
  • Business and Personal Finances
  • Professional Development and Marketing

February:  Date to be determined - Helena

  • Leadership Retreat (including self-management, goal setting, emotional intelligence and conflict management)