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Leadership development central to 2014 ADA New Dentist Conference

November 04, 2013

By Kimber Solana, ADA News staff

Dialogue: Dr. Alexa Vitek, of Michigan, above, addresses the ADA Board of Trustees at the ADA 27th New Dentist Conference in Denver this year. Below, ADA Board of Trustees member Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays answers a question during the Hot Topics in the Round session at the conference.

Kansas City, Mo.—The ADA 28th New Dentist Conference is dedicating a full day of leadership development during the July 17-19 weekend-long session.

The ADA New Dentist Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, seeks to provide new dentists (less than 10 years out of dental school) with tools and resources to help them be better dentists during this stage of their careers.

“Something I love to see that happens at the ADA New Dentist Conference is someone who is a member, but not really an active, engaged leader, come to this conference and just get supercharged,” said Dr. Chris Salierno, 2012-13 chair of the New Dentist Committee.

Additionally, the conference provides an annual opportunity for the New Dentist Committee Network to meet face-to-face. Comprised of state and local dental society new dentist committee members, volunteers and key society staff, the Network offers leaders the chance to exchange ideas and support each other as they work to advance organized dentistry.

As part of the daylong leadership development session, keynote speaker Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., managing vice president of the ADA Health Policy Resources Center, will discuss the changing dental landscape and will identify key entry points for strategic action going forward.

Other speakers and courses include:

  • Kirk Behrent, founder of ACT Dental, Being All That We Can Be: Changing Perspective to Change Reality;
  • Dr. Guy Deyton, Lead Yourself and Your Team to the Promised Land;
  • Dr. Maria Maranga, Pathways to Leadership;
  • Jeanine Pekkarinen, manager of ADA Membership Recruitment, Retention and Outreach manager, Enhancing Value for New Dentists.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss issues new practitioners face in their first 10 years of practice, which may include student debt and navigating the business world, with the ADA Board of Trustees.

In addition to leadership development, the conference includes hands-on endodontic and implant continuing education courses at the University of Missouri Kansas City; networking opportunities; and the Friday night social event at KC Live! in the Kansas City Power & Light District.

Registration is set to open in February. For more information on the ADA 28th New Dentist Conference, visit New Dentist Conference or contact the ADA New Dentist Committee office at 800.621.8099, ext. 2779 or email