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Glidewell announces leadership program for women dentists

December 10, 2018 Glidewell Dental announced in December an initiative designed to elevate women dentists to new levels of leadership.

Guiding Leaders will provide selected candidates with business-savvy training and professional development tools from top industry leaders over the course of a year.

Geared toward women dentists with five or more years of clinical experience, Guiding Leaders begins accepting online applications on Jan. 2, 2019, for the program's launch this April.

To be considered for this complimentary program, participants must reside in the United States between April 2019 and April 2020. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.

"We're honored and excited to provide this phenomenal opportunity for women in dentistry," said Stephenie Goddard, executive vice president at Glidewell Dental and visionary of Guiding Leaders. "We have been working diligently over the past year to establish an outstanding program that would cultivate a new generation of women leaders who want to become key influencers. Guiding Leaders creates this type of dynamic environment where women can learn, grow and impact our industry together."

This 12-month leadership development program combines monthly instructor-led and online courses covering a range of topics including emotional intelligence, goal setting and practice management. Glidewell Dental developed the program after recognizing a need in dentistry for more women leaders.

"The dental landscape has shifted," said Ms. Goddard. "Previously, women accounted for less than five percent of our industry. Now they comprise more than half of all graduating dentists. As a result, we designed a niche program tailored toward developing new leaders who are reflective of the current state of dentistry."

Guiding Leaders provides a unique opportunity for women to not only successfully develop their leadership skills but to simultaneously expand their professional network and to even mentor newer colleagues in the coming years.

"There's a tremendous need for this type of resource. As dentists, we have several opportunities to advance our clinical training but we also need practical information that equips and empowers us as influential leaders," said Dr. Mayuri Kerr, clinical affairs manager at Glidewell Dental. "During my time in the dental profession, I have not encountered one industry-related program that offers formal training to develop women dentists in the areas of leadership, team-building and communication skills."

For more information, visit guidingleaders.com.