I was at the Arnall Family Foundation open house and it hit me, shortly after I left, that while I’d not seen many of the other attendees in 5 – 10 years, so many of them had played a key role in who I met NEXT.

When I added that to who I had met at the recent Kirkpatrick Animal Conference, it validated what I’ve known for a long time.

You never, ever, know when someone who crosses your path will play a role in opening a door, solving a problem or making a connection.

For 25 years, I worked with clients who wanted/needed to take the next step in their career and most of the time it happened because they knew someone.

Here’s an example: A client and the future king of a country attended the same college.

I suggested to the client that they reach out, via the school directory, and reconnect.

The result: He had an audience with the king and today that relationship has played a key role in his international success.

Three years ago when I attended the Kirkpatrick Animal Conference, one of the presenters’ topics caught my attention.

I reached out via LinkedIn, exchanged emails, phone calls, etc.

That connection led to our PAAS Ride-to-Rescue partnership with Dumb Friends League.

The ability to reach out and make a connection, to be “okay” with differences in how we save homeless pets, to work together to save more lives are how we collectively make a difference.

It’s rarely easy, sometimes frustrating but rewarding beyond anything you can imagine.

And I never, ever lost sight of this statement: WE are the voice for those who can’t talk.

Working together – – magic happens – – it just does.