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Female dentists, speakers ready to take spotlight at ADA 2018

February 27, 2018

By David Burger

Honolulu — March is National Women's History Month, which makes it a good time to announce that October's ADA annual meeting will also include a special focus on women.

ADA 2018 Annual Meeting"This is the year of the woman," said past president of the American Dental Hygienists Association Kelli Jaecks, who will present two courses, including one called Martinis and Menopause: Implications for Women's Health, at the annual meeting.

It's appropriate, Ms. Jaecks added, that the ADA was shining a spotlight on women, considering the large numbers of women graduating from dental schools.

At ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting, the Women in Dentistry Leadership Series will feature three keynotes from thought leaders talking about achievement and success alongside established women teaching continuing education throughout the meeting. In addition, the two selected speakers of the New & Emerging Speakers Series are women.

The Women in Dentistry Leadership Series & Learning Lounge

This program, sponsored by Crest + Oral-B,  returns for the second year, with keynote courses and deep-dive conversations. There will also be a learning lounge for networking and facilitated programming, taking place daily at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18-20.

Photo of Tasha Eurich
Ms. Eurich
Photo of Kindra Hall
Ms. Hall
 Photo of Michelle Poler
Ms. Poler

"We are thrilled to be part of the Women in Dentistry Leadership Series again this year", said Dr. Leslie Winston, director, global professional and scientific relations for Proctor & Gamble. "The program generated a lot of enthusiasm in Atlanta and Crest + Oral-B want to continue providing leadership learning opportunities for women in dentistry and the men who support them."

  • Oct. 18 - Tasha Eurich will present Self Awareness: The Path to Success in Your Practice and Life (5160). An organizational psychologist, Ms. Eurich will help attendees discover how self-awareness can make them a more confident, respected and effective leader.
  • Oct. 19 - Kindra Hall will present It's OK to Celebrate Your Accomplishments (6160). A columnist at, Ms. Hall will show  attendees how crafting their story to illustrate their achievements can be effective.
  • Oct. 20  -  Michelle Poler will present Fear Less, Do More (7160). A TEDx speaker, researcher and influencer, Ms. Poler will challenge attendees to get out of their comfort zone and tap into their full potential.

Register for all three Women in Dentistry Leadership sessions for $99 until Sept. 21, when fees are raised.

A one-hour deep-dive session with each speaker is offered each afternoon, with one hour of continuing education credit. The corresponding course codes are: 5161 for Tasha; 6161 for Kindra; and 7161 for Michelle. Deep-dive sessions are open only to registered participants of the corresponding keynote session and limited to the first 50 registrants.

The annual meeting will also host the Women in Dentistry Leadership Lounge, with facilitated programming each morning. From 8:30-10 a.m. Oct. 18-20,  visitors will have the opportunity to network and exchange knowledge through small group discussions led by female dentists established in their fields. The lounge will also be open during ADA 2018 hours, free for annual meeting attendees to work, network or relax.

The New and Emerging Speaker Series

Photo of Kelli Jaecks
Ms. Jaecks
 Photo of Amy Dayries-Ling
Dr. Dayries-Ling
This series offers up-and-coming educators the chance to be part of the official speaker series lineup at annual meetings. Two presenters were selected to be part of the lineup at ADA 2018 after delivering talks at ADA 2017 in Atlanta.

The presenters selected are both women: Dr. Amy Dayries-Ling and Ms. Jaecks.

Ms. Jaecks' CE course is Martinis and Menopause: Implications for Women's Health (7331), scheduled for Oct. 20 at 7 a.m. She will also present the course Body on Fire: Inflammation's Role in Oral-Systemic Links (8301), scheduled for Oct. 21 at 7:30 a.m. Ms. Jaecks, on the Oregon Oral Health Coalition Board and president of Verbal Impact!, published a book this year called "Martinis and Menopause: Strategies, Science and Sips that Empower Women to Beat the Hormone Groan."

Dr. Amy Dayries-Ling, a general dentist in the Atlanta suburbs, will also present two courses: Integrating Whole Body Health in the Hygiene Chair (7330) on Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m., and Holistic Dentistry: Practical Applications to Support Health (8303) on Oct. 21 at 7:30 a.m.