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New for ADA 2017: Women in Dentistry Leadership Series

March 28, 2017

By David Burger


Atlanta — Three motivational speakers will pilot a new leadership series designed for female dental professionals at ADA 2017 – America's Dental Meeting.


Dr. Fulton
The "Women in Dentistry Leadership Series" consists of three talks on successive days of the ADA annual meeting. CNN commentator and author Mel Robbins, former president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE Molly Fletcher, and Levo Chief Leadership Officer Tiffany Dufu will each give 90-minute talks. Each will be followed by a book-signing session.

"One only has to look around at any of our local, state and national organizations to see the tremendous increase in not only women in the dental field, but women advancing to the top spots in leadership in organized dentistry — our own past two ADA presidents included," said Dr. David J. Fulton, Jr., chair of the ADA Committee on Annual Meetings. "All three speakers will offer attendees wonderful insight and inspiration in leadership."

Ms. Robbins

Ms. Fletcher

Ms. Dufu

  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. — Former lawyer and now best-selling author Ms. Robbins will present "It Takes 5 Seconds to Change Your Life," in which she will demystify neuroscience research and the latest social science research to explain how to identify the mistakes they're making and create lasting change.
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 8:30-10 a.m. — Once hailed as the "female Jerry Maguire" and having negotiated more than $500 million in sports contracts, Ms. Fletcher will present "Winning in a Male-dominated Field," in which she will seek to empower people to carve out their own paths and find fulfillment without sacrificing personal or professional goals.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 8:30-10 a.m. — Ms. Dufu, a launch team member for Lean In (a nonprofit that offers educational resources and programming that encourages female leadership) and a voice in the women's leadership movement, will present "Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less." She will recount how she learned to re-evaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list and meaningfully engage the assistance of others — freeing the space to flourish at work and develop deeper relationships at home.
There are savings for purchasing all three. The cost for the series is $95 per session, or $250 for all three if purchased by Sept. 22. After Sept. 22, the cost increases to $125 per session or $350 for all three. Each session is worth one hour of continuing education credit.

The series is sponsored by Crest + Oral-B.

Complete biographies of the speakers are available at ADA.org/meeting.

Registration for ADA 2017 opens May 10. Learn more about the annual meeting at ADA.org/meeting.