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Conference Highlights

Message from the Council Chair

“Recruitment and retention is the heart of who we are as an association. Innovation makes it possible for us to serve members today while attracting members tomorrow. I’m excited to learn about your innovations, and looking forward to a great conference!” 
-Dr. K. Drew Wilson, chair, ADA Council on Membership

Pre-Conference Activities – Thursday, April 7

Aptify Users’ Community Meeting, noon-5:00 pm
Lunch included. $65 registration fee.

This meeting brings the Aptify User Community together to learn more about how to gain the most value from using the software. Networking with peers enables attendees to learn more about innovative ways dental societies are using the Aptify System to bring added value to their organization.

Meet and Greet, 5:00-7:00 pm
Included with Conference registration.
Chicago Sports Museum inside of Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch restaurant
Water Tower Place Mall, Level 7, 835 N. Michigan Avenue

Mix, mingle and network with members of the ADA’s Council on Membership, ADA Staff and other Conference attendees prior to the official start of the meeting.

Conference – Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8

New this year
In keeping with this year’s theme, Creating a Great Member Experience through Innovation, we’re building an agenda focused on innovation, participation and collaboration.

Highlights include:

  • Aptify “how-to” demos and tools for completing routine membership tasks
  • Flash Updates on membership improvements presented by dental societies
  • Action-inspiring messages from participants regarded as Movers, Shakers and Change-makers

Flash Updates replace Bring it to the Microphone

Submit your society’s membership innovations and improvements for sharing during the new Flash Update sessions. In the spirit of innovation, this year we’re implementing a new name and format for sharing. The session formerly known as “Bring it to the Mic” has become our Flash Update series. Mini blocks of 3-5 updates from societies will be scattered throughout the Conference agenda rather than shared in bulk.

Keynote Session: Practical Innovation



Mr. Ron Porter, Executive Vice President, Consulting & Innovation Practice
Linkage, Inc, Maplewood, NJ

This session will help you innovate well for your internal and external customers’ needs.  You will learn a practical, proven process based on how world-class innovation consulting firms help their clients develop new ideas.  You will be able to use specific tools and techniques to identify specific opportunities, to create new ideas and to identify potential problems before implementing solutions.  This session will also improve your overall problem solving capabilities and help your internal and external customers be delighted with your solutions.  Learn more about the presenter.