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ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership

The ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership (IDL) is designed to enhance the leadership skills of dentists who belong to racial, ethnic and/or gender backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership roles.

Since 2003, the Institute program has provided a diverse group of dentists with opportunities to:

  • Enhance their leadership skills and gain leadership experience
  • Strengthen their professional network and build a lifetime of supportive relationships
  • Set new leadership paths within the profession and communities

Each spring a call for applicants is posted here and in various ADA publications. Applicants are asked to submit a completed Candidate Application Form and arrange for two references.  The application process is currently closed, but will re-open in January 2020.

There is no fee to apply and participation is open to all active, licensed dentists, residing in the U.S. regardless of their ADA membership status. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated leadership potential within dental associations or their communities.


The ADA thanks Henry Schein, Inc. and Crest + Oral-B for their continued support of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.



The 2018-2019 IDL class in the ADA lobby

IDL 2019


  • Apply for the Institute
  • Prepare for an Individual Experience
  • Expand Your Leadership Network
  • Make a Difference in Your Community