ECHO22 At-A-Glance

ECHO22 will be hosted in partnership with the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, May 17 – 19, 2022. This year’s theme is Resilience & Reinvention: Shaping the Zoos of Tomorrow.


All-inclusive registration for ECHO22 is $975 and includes:

  • Programming: 2.5 days of workshops, presentations, and networking
  • Travel: Roundtrip airfare or mileage/car rental reimbursement
  • Transportation: Event-related ground transportation
  • Lodging: Hotel room for 3 nights Hilton Garden Inn Wichita Downtown
  • Dining: Event-related food and beverage


Extend your trip to May 20th to join us in traveling to three other Kansas Zoos: David Traylor Zoo of Emporia | Topeka Zoo | Sunset Zoo.  Additional fee applies.


Keynote Innovation Session: The Future Is Now

With Terry Thoren, Joe Fatheree, and Dyane Smokorowski

It is through meaningful connections that Zoos & Aquariums save wild animals, protect wild places, and bring value to their communities.  With the rapid rise of technology, there has been an evolution in how people connect, form and foster relationships, and are driven to action and change.  Nevertheless, the enduring art of storytelling remains a powerful tool for awakening a love for animals and nature.  In our keynote sessions, Terry Thoren, Joe Fatheree, and Dyane Smokorowski will lead us in examining the intersection of technology and story as a pathway to connections that enhance the Zoo & Aquarium experience and ignite revolutionary change.

More about this year’s keynote speakers here!


Session: Testing Business Ideas

with David Bland

Building on the best-selling Strategyzer books, David J Bland and Alex Osterwalder curated a list of experiments for people who are stuck Testing Business Ideas. They identified three major themes from design thinking and applied them to rapid experimentation. Desirability describes whether or not people want the solution. Viability addresses if you can create a sustainable business with the solution. Feasibility dives into the steps to run the infrastructure. In this talk, David will describe the principles behind Testing Business Ideas and facilitate an interactive session on sequencing experiments.






ECHO exists because Zoos and Aquariums have unparalleled potential to captivate, fascinate, and empower future conservationists.  To do so in an ever-complicated world, leaders must constantly reach for new and innovative ways to effectively deliver on their organization’s missions.  ECHO provides space for industry leaders to explore challenges and opportunities through the lens of non-zoological experts. By crafting collisions between provocative ideas and courageous, creative people combined with candid and intentional dialogue, ECHO advances a vision for a revolutionary future of Zoos and Aquariums. 




Want to Join ECHO22? 

Our curated guest list includes leaders from zoos and aquariums in the U.S. and Canada. If you are not yet on our guest list and would like to be considered, please email Mike Clifford at ECHO is a high-energy, deep-thinking, and intimate gathering, and as such, seats are limited. A small number of scholarships are available for leaders who may not otherwise be able to attend.


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