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Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2015-16 class announced

August 17, 2015

By Kimber Solana

The ADA Board of Trustees announced in July the 2015-16 class of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.
The class members are Drs. Courtney Barrett, Oklahoma City; Drew Colantino, San Diego; Sharon Colvin-Johnson, Waldorf, Maryland; Hadi Ghazzouli, Collegeville, Pennsylvania; Yana Kushner, Austin, Texas; Abrey Lopez, Van Nuys, California; David Manzanares, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Liliam Ortiz Galarza, Humacao, Puerto Rico; Joeseph Potter, Los Angeles; Tricia Quartey, Brooklyn, New York; Vinni Singh, Mountain View, California; Susana Torres, Chicago; Radip Uprety, Bucksport, Maine; Melissa Uriegas, Brownsville, Texas; Christine Wankiiri-Hale, Pittsburgh; and Richard Williams, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The ADA increased its class size of the program, which began in 2003, from 12 to 16 last year.
"Helping to encourage and inspire the future leaders of our profession through our diversity institute enriches our communities and our Association," said Dr. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president. "Many of the program graduates have gone on to leadership roles in the organized dentistry. I'd love to see more leadership development programs like this at the local level."
The ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership is made possible through the generous support of Henry Schein, Inc. and Procter & Gamble. The Institute provides a diverse group of dentists with education and experience to build a lifetime of relationships and set new leadership paths within the dental profession and their community.  Core to the program's philosophy is that lasting leadership learning is lifelong and based on experience.
As a key part of the leadership learning experience, each participant also designs and completes a personal leadership project for their community or the profession.

The 2015-16 class will attend three sessions:  Sept. 10-11; December 7-8; and Sept. 8-9, 2016.  Students will work with leading educators form Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the Duke University's Fuqua School of Business during these sessions.

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