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Malala Yousafzai to speak at ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting

February 22, 2016
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Ms. Yousafzai
— The ADA Distinguished Speaker Series will feature 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai at ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting in Denver this October.

Ms. Yousafzai, who has campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education since she was 10, attracted international attention in 2012 after the then-15-year-old was shot by the Taliban in a school bus in northern Pakistan. The Taliban has at times banned girls from attending school.

Following the attack, Ms. Yousafzai made a remarkable recovery and became well enough to return to school. Now living in Birmingham, England, with her family, she continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school, and has refused to be silenced.

“Malala Yousafzai is one of the most iconic women of our time,” said Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, ADA President, announcing Ms. Yousafzai as speaker. “Her life experiences and achievements within the first two decades of her life are profoundly inspiring. To hear her tell her story is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who attend ADA 2016.”

The ADA Distinguished Speaker Series annually presents renowned personalities with notable careers and accomplishments in politics, media and industry. The 2016 Distinguished Speaker Series is presented by ACT Oral Care.

At 17, Ms. Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. She was also named one of The 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013 by Time magazine. She is the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the International Children’s Peace Prize, the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award, the Premi Internacional Catalunya Award of Catalonia, the Simone de Beauvoir Prize, The Oklahoma City Reflections of Hope Award and has been honored with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award and the magazine Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award in 2013.

Ms. Yousafzai is also the author of the international bestseller “I Am Malala,” and she has set up an international fund – the Malala Fund – dedicated to help promote education for girls throughout the world.

“We could not be more excited to have Malala as our speaker for ADA 2016 in Denver,” said James Goodman, the ADA’s vice president of conferences and continuing education, in a statement. “We listened to growing feedback from attendees who were asking for more inspirational speakers. Malala’s story, message, accomplishments and future plans epitomize inspiration. We anticipate a full house for this event. We are even exploring a backup overflow room with live video feed just in case.”

ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting will convene in Denver Oct. 20-25.

ADA 2016 registration will open in the spring. For the most updated information, visit