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Kickstarter co-founder, columnist, poetry slam champion highlight New Dentist Conference

April 16, 2018

By Kimber Solana and David Burger

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— Following in the footsteps of the 2017 New Dentist Conference, the New Dentist Conference at ADA 2018 will feature three keynote speakers designed to jumpstart new dentists' motivation. columnist Kindra Hall, Kickstarter co-founder Charles Adler and poetry slam champion Sekou Andrews will speak on successive days of the New Dentist Conference, which runs Oct. 18-20 in Honolulu in conjunction with ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting.

Each day's programming will go from 8:30-10 a.m. with a meet-and-greet for one half-hour immediately after the keynote speakers. The cost for all is included in the registration fee.

The schedule is:

  • Ms. Hall, Oct. 18.
  • Mr. Adler, Oct. 19.
  • Mr. Andrews, Oct. 20.
For Dr. Raymond Jarvis, this year's New Dentist Conference — especially with its line-up of speakers — is a can't-miss event.

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Mr. Adler
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Mr. Andrews
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Ms. Hall
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Dr. Jarvis
"We work largely by ourselves or in a small group practice but as new dentists, we all have many of the same struggles and successes," he said. "The New Dentist Conference is a way to meet other people and bring home some unexpected ideas to succeed in our practice."

Dr. Jarvis is vice chair of the ADA New Dentist Committee and the new dentist liaison for the Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings who worked with ADA staff in planning this year's conference.

For Dr. Jarvis, who will attend his third New Dentist Conference this year, the goal in organizing this year's event was simple: find speakers and courses that will benefit those

"I'm most excited about our keynote speakers," he said. "They'll be discussing topics that really speak to us as new dentists."

The first day will feature Ms. Hall, a 2014 Storytelling World Award Recipient. Her keynote is designed to equip new dentists with the essential skill of storytelling she believes is necessary to grow their brand and practice.

The second speaker is Mr. Adler, the founder of crowdfunding online platform Kickstarter, who will share his experiences in starting and growing a business, along with helping new dentists discover strategies for a scalable business model and how to create an entrepreneurial innovation-based business.

"Many industries have the same struggles as a new dentist starting his or her own dental practice," Dr. Jarvis said. "[Charles Adler] will help us think a little more outside the box."

Mr. Andrews, a schoolteacher-turned-actor, musician, entrepreneur and two-time national poetry slam champion, will deliver a keynote on why one must challenge convention to make transformational change and share pivotal moments and insights from barrier-breaking companies and individuals.    

"Some people may not know [Mr. Andrews] beforehand, but they will definitely know him after," Dr. Jarvis said. "He's a compelling and creative speaker that rounds out our speaker lineup."

Ms. Hall will also speak to a general audience as a member of the Women in Dentistry Leadership Series. On Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m., Ms. Hall will present It's OK to Celebrate Your Accomplishments (6160), to show attendees how crafting their stories to illustrate their achievements can be effective.

In addition, this year's conference includes:

  • A customized continuing education track curated by new dentists. These courses range from  Wealth Accumulation for Young Dentists (6309), Oct. 19 at 12:30 p.m., to Your Practice Through Your Patient's Eyes (7310), Oct. 20 at noon. All courses are included in the New Dentist Conference package. ADA 2018 attendees may attend these courses for a fee.
  • Access to ADA annual meeting courses by attending the New Dentist Conference.
  • A ticket to the New Dentist Reception on Oct. 19 at the Modern Honolulu, at 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., a boutique hotel steps away from the beach. It is also the dedicated new dentist hotel for the conference.
  • Unlimited access to ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting events, continuing education and the Exhibit Hall.

"One of the things I love about the New Dentist Conference is just hearing the stories of other new dentists from across the country," Dr. Jarvis said. "We hope the conference can inspire new dentists to use or come up with new concepts they haven't tried yet."

The registration fee for ADA 2018 is $115. The New Dentist Conference package is available for an additional $250 registration fee and includes the keynotes, meals, receptions and CE courses. For more information on the conference, ADA annual meeting or to register, visit