Animal Awakenings
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Plenary Session

Saving More Animals, Formulas for Success

Gain inspiration and practical insights as national leaders from major
animal support organizations share their thoughts on how nonprofits
and others can be their best on behalf of animals.

Friday, May 20, 10:30 - 11:45 AM EDT

                                      Keynote Panel: Gregory Castle, Allan Kornberg, Adam Roberts
Best Friends Animal Society, Farm Sanctuary, Born Free USA

                                                        Open to the public

                                   Further details on speakers & their organizations follow ...

Best Friends Animal Society       
Presenter: Gregory Castle,
Chief Executive Officer


Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.
Our Mission: No More Homeless Pets. Our Vision: a better world through kindness to animals.

In the mid 1980s, when Best Friends was in its early days, roughly 17 million dogs and cats were being killed in shelters every year. We undertook a
 grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered "unadoptable" into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs.  Since then,there has been much progress, but there is still much more to do. The next phase of this work – bringing the number down to essentially zero. 

At our Utah-based no-kill sanctuary we strive to achieve our mission of a world when there are No More Homeless Pets.

Gregory Castle
Chief Executive Officer
Best Friends Animal Society

Gregory Castle, one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, was named chief executive officer Jan. 29, 2010. Throughout much of the last 25 years, Gregory has been one of the key leaders in animal welfare, as well as a voice of reason and reconciliation among the grassroots rescue groups, animal shelters and national animal organizations. His commitment to raising public awareness about spay/neuter programs, feral cat issues, developing coalitions and working with governments to help animals is at the forefront of Gregory’s commitment to “No More Homeless Pets.”

Farm Sanctuary

Presenter: Allan Kornberg
Executive Director


Farm Sanctuary works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.

Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and to encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. 
 Today, Farm Sanctuary has grown to become the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, with hundreds of thousands of supporters. We work in rescue, education, and advocacy, and operate two farm animal sanctuaries, one in California and one in upstate New York. In 2011 we are celebrating 25 years of service and commitment to this cause.

Allan E. Kornberg, M.D.
Executive Director
Farm Sanctuary

Allan E. Kornberg, M.D. is the Executive Director of Farm Sanctuary. A lifelong animal advocate and vegetarian of more than 20 years, Dr. Kornberg formerly served as the U.S. Executive Director of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, a major international organization based in the U.K., and has worked with numerous other advocacy groups, including the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, to end the abuses of animals in factory farms and laboratories. In addition to his commitment to animal protection, Dr. Kornberg has also had a long and distinguished career in medicine as a pediatrician with more than 25 years of clinical and executive leadership experience.

Dr. Kornberg has practiced both primary care pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine, and recently served as Senior Vice President for the National Initiative for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ). His prior professional background includes being CEO of Network Health (a Medicaid health plan serving the poor in Massachusetts), Medical Director of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (also in Massachusetts), Executive Director and Medical Director for the physician-hospital organization at Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta, and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Buffalo Children's Hospital in New York. His educational credentials include an undergraduate degree from MIT, a medical degree from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Born Free USA
Presenter: Adam Roberts,
Executive Vice President


Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets”, trapping and fur, and destructive international wildlife trade.  Born Free USA’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. 

Born Free Foundation, based in England, is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare.  Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos.  We rescue animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care. Our high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results.  Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide.

Adam Roberts
Executive VP
Born Free USA

Adam Roberts is the Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, based in Washington, DC.  He was a Founding Director of the organization, which was started in 2002 to bring the UK-based Born Free Foundation’s message of compassionate conservation to the American public.  He began his animal protection and conservation career in Washington in 1991.  In addition to directing the Born Free USA office, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Species Survival Network (SSN), a global coalition working on wildlife trade issues under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.  He chairs the SSN Press Committee, Financial Committee, Bear Working Group, and Animals in Captivity Working Group. 

Adam is also a Founding Director and Member of the Board of
Humane USA, a political action committee that works to raise funds for candidates for public office who have strong positions in favor of animal protection; and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, which accredits wildlife sanctuaries against a set of rigorous operational and welfare standards. In 2003, Adam founded The $10 Club, a charity to fund poverty alleviation projects in developing countries.  To date, the organization has supported work in nearly 70 countries. He lives in Washington with his wife, Stephanie, daughters Bella (16) and Mia (6), two dogs, four cats, and two very pampered guinea pigs.

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