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Institute for Diversity in Leadership welcomes largest cohort in 16 years

2019-20 class members held second session Dec. 5-6 at ADA Headquarters

December 12, 2019

By Kimber Solana

IDL group photo
Leaders: The largest cohort of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership held its second session Dec. 5-6 at ADA Headquarters. (From left, front row) Drs. Sheri Audu, Althea Acosta, Chelsea Fosse, Tanya Sue Maestas, Martha Forero, Nidhi Taneja, Demarcio Reed, Leah Schulz, Cheryl Lee; (middle row) Drs. Nicole Holland, LaTedra Collins, Yanina Jouzy, Cathy Hung, Dawn Clarke, Alexa Lampkin, Alejandro Barrera, Judy McIntyre; (back row) Drs. Kim Turner, Hana Alberti, Crystal Stinson, Sue Keller, Jemima Louis, Lee Bass Nunn and Elizabeth Simpson pose for a group photo. Not pictured is Dr. Jihan Doss.
The Association welcomed in December the 25 dentists who make up the 2019-20 class of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership — the largest class since the program’s inception in 2003.
The class members are Drs. Althea Acosta, Tacoma, Washington; Hana Alberti, Franklin, Wisconsin; Sheri Audu, Fort Worth, Texas; Alejandro Barrera, Houston; Dawn Clarke, Silver Spring, Maryland; Jihan Doss, Alburqueque, New Mexico; Martha Forero, Methuen, Massachusetts; Chelsea, Fosse, Hoboken, New Jersey; Nicole Holland, Boston; Yuan (Cathy) Hung, Monroe Township, New Jersey; Yanina Jouzy, San Dimas, California; Suzanne Keller, Florence, Massachusetts; Alexa Lampkin, Jackson, Mississippi; Cheryl Lee, Washington, D.C.; Jemima Louis, Bronx, New York; Tanya Maestas, El Paso, Texas; Judy McIntyre, Franklin, Massachusetts; Lee Bass Nunn, High Point, North Carolina; Demarcio Reed, Rockville, Maryland; Leah Schulz, Fort Collins, Colorado; Elizabeth Simpson, Indianapolis; Crystal Stinson, Cedar Hill, Texas; Nidhi Taneja, Cupertino, California; Kim Turner, Savannah, Georgia; and LaTedra Collins, Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
“The Institute for Diversity in Leadership is designed to foster the talents of those who have been underrepresented in leadership,” said Dr. Chad P. Gehani, ADA president. “The class of 2020 is the largest cohort in the institute’s history, and I am proud that the ADA is building a pipeline of leaders whose diverse perspectives will take our profession into the future.”
During their program year, the Institute class members will develop their leadership abilities through faculty seminars and experience designing and leading projects for their dental associations or other community organizations. The 2019-20 students will work with leading educators from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Previous graduates of the program have created nonprofit organizations in their communities to provide dental health care and education to underserved populations, took on leadership roles on Mission of Mercy events, created programs introducing high school students to health care professions and raised awareness on a preventive approach to the opioid epidemic.
The class recently held its second session Dec. 5-6 at ADA Headquarters, which included sessions on pitching and effective business presentations, securing outside support and negotiations and conflict resolution.
Since 2003, more than 220 dentists have been enrolled in the program. Institute alumni have since served as volunteer leaders at the local, state and national levels of the ADA, and other dental associations and service organizations.
The ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership is made possible through the support of Crest + Oral-B and Henry Schein, Inc.
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