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PORTLAND, Ore. (December 5, 2013)Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN), a leading organization focused on women entrepreneurs in the ever-growing pet industry, is currently seeking experts to share their knowledge and expertise at WIPIN’s All About Growth Conference & Awards Show in Portland, Aug. 14-16, 2014.

“Our goal is to help women entrepreneurs grow their pet businesses by providing a myriad of networking opportunities, online resources and educational growth meetings,” Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN, said. “We’re seeking speakers who can help WIPIN meet this goal and continue to offer our members invaluable advice and experiences to help them succeed in the pet industry.”

The first-ever The Start of Something Big! Conference & Awards Show, which spanned three days this past August, connected members from across the nation. Two dozen dynamic speakers delivered captivating and enlightening presentations on business growth; strategic partnerships; effective marketing and promotion; and the importance of inspiration, motivation and laughter.

“The business-to-business partnerships that were forged at the conference continue to grow and thrive,” Schuh added.

Attendees, too, speak with enthusiasm about their first WIPIN conference experience.

“I attend animal-related conferences on a regular basis and I must say that WIPIN 2013 was one of THE most inspirational and amazing conferences I’ve ever attended,” Kathy “Kat” Albrecht, founder of Missing Pet Partnership, said. “It was like one family, united in a shared goal to help support each other through the struggles of being a women business owner. If you’re working in the pet industry, this is an experience that you won’t want to miss.”

“I met some of the most amazing women at WIPIN when I spoke in 2013,” Yvonne DiVita, co-founder and CEO of BlogPaws, said. “As conferences go, this one is a must-attend if you’re a woman who loves pets, and if you’re a speaker – you’ll not only make fantastic connections, you’ll be participating in a weekend of learning, excitement and inspiration.”

WIPIN invites speaker proposals for the following overall categories for its 2014 conference:

  • Developing effective business strategies
  • Mastering marketing, PR and social media
  • Maximizing networking and connecting opportunities
  • Managing resources wisely

Experts interested in speaking at the conference can view the speaker application and submit their proposals at For more information about next year’s All About Growth Conference & Awards Show, or to learn more about the 2013 conference, please visit

About Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN)
Established in 2010, then acquired in 2012 by Shawna Schuh, the current president and Chief Pet Wrangler, WIPIN is headquartered near Portland, Ore. and serves a worldwide membership base of women in the pet industry. WIPIN helps entrepreneurial women grow their pet-focused businesses through unique networking opportunities, valuable business growth meetings and online resources. With more than 320 members, WIPIN includes representatives from the many career paths that exist within the pet industry, including pet-sitters, vets, artists, animal psychics, groomers, kennel and pet store operators, trainers, breeders, marketing specialists and animal welfare groups. WIPIN is the only organization serving professionals in all segments of the pet industry, as well as all types of pets — dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals, horses, pocket pets and exotics.

The Start of Something Big! Conference & Awards Show, held August 2013 in Portland, brought these diverse pet industry women together for the first time and launched the Pet Industry Woman of the Year Awards. The 2014 WIPN Conference & Awards Show, titled All About Growth, is slated for Aug. 14-16 in Portland.

Learn more about the benefits of membership at Please visit, or contact Schuh at 503-970-5774 or

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