Power of 10 Program
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Leadership, Goals, EQ
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Now accepting applications!

What is Power of 10?

The Power of 10 Leadership Program offers 10 early‐career veterinarians the opportunity to complete a personal and professional development program designed to foster resiliency, leadership capacity, collegiality, emotional intelligence, career satisfaction, and longevity in the field.

The program is comprised of several in-person and virtual educational workshops, trainings and social activities over one year. The MDVMA will provide topic experts, meals, and meeting expenses at no charge to the participant. In addition, MDVMA will provide registration and accommodations for two (2) participants to attend the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago in January 2024.

Key Benefits

Through the Power of 10, you will:
  • Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills, personal and professional goal setting, and emotional intelligence
  • Deepen understanding of communication styles and skills
  • Acquire critical skills to build confidence and business acumen
  • 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
  • Build a strong network within the Maryland Veterinary Community

Topics That Will Be Covered

Through the Power of 10, you will:

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness and Self-Awareness

  • Communications Skills

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Managing Conflict and Conflict Resolution

  • Advocacy Training

  • Personal Financial Management


It is imperative that participants’ employers are aware of and supportive of participation in this program because of the time commitment, particularly on weekdays. The program mentors and the MDVMA executive director are always available to speak with employers or managers to help convey the benefits of participating in this program.

With your commitment, attendance and participation is considered mandatory.

Program Eligibility

Participants must have graduated from a college of veterinary medicine with a DVM or VMD degree within the last seven years* (graduated in the years 2016-2022).

Participants must be a current MDVMA member in good standing or become a member prior to applying.

* Others will be considered on a case‐by‐case basis. All applicants regardless of graduation year will still be considered if someone is particularly interested and has good support.

Program Mentors
Elizabeth Hepner
Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine 2016
Current MDVMA President

“I’m excited to bring P10 program to Maryland veterinarians. As new graduates, it’s overwhelming enough to get used to the medical aspect of our jobs, and many of the soft skills that are vital to thrive in our field are over looked. Struggles in the workplace can also feel very isolating. I wanted to introduce a program that will address some of the crucial soft skills needed to flourish in veterinary medicine and bring a sense of camaraderie to the participants.”

Elizabeth Cottrell
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine 2008
President President (2019-20)

“I am excited to participate as a facilitator in MDVMA’s inaugural Power of 10 program! I look forward to working with early career veterinarians to help them grow in their personal and professional lives by providing a supportive environment to develop leadership and communication skills, explore emotional intelligence, and foster meaningful relationships.”

Jennifer Krueger
Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine 2008
MDVMA Alternate Delegate to the AVMA

“I am so excited to be involved with the launch of the P10 program in the state of Maryland. It will provide invaluable information and resources to participants that will foster personal and professional growth, leadership skills, and emotional intelligence necessary for a more successful and happy veterinary career. I only wish this had been around in my early years of practice and look forward to my role as a P10 facilitator in its first year on the ground.”

2023-24 Schedule
Preliminary & Curriculum
Wednesday, June 21
Workshop #1

Program Kickoff at MDVMA Summer Conference

Morning and Afternoon Sessions
Insights Discovery® with Heidi Hulon, DVM, CCFP, MHFA, Well-Being Consulting Veterinarian

and attend MDVMA Board of Directors Meeting

Ocean City, MD
September 2023
Workshop #2
To be announced
November 2023
Workshop #3
To be announced
January 2024
AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC)
Chicago, IL
January 2024
VLC Debrief and Round Table (virtual)
To be announced​
March 2024
Workshop #4
To be announced​
April 2024
Participant Feedback Forum, Mentor/Facilitator Recruitment
To be announced​
June 2024
Certificate of Completion Ceremony
To be announced​
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This is a non-competitive application. Power of 10 is about struggle, growth and learning so please be as honest as you like here! Applications will not be shared with anyone outside the selection committee.

Completed applications will be accepted through Friday, March 31, 2023.