Lauren Aguilar, D.D.S.
American Association of Women Dentists president
Leadership means creating a space for others to feel inspired to work together to continue towards a mutual goal. To be a leader requires that you listen and inspire rather than taking charge of everything. Young women interested in leadership roles are highly encouraged to be their authentic selves and know when to put their needs before the needs of others because you can't pour from an empty cup. Don't forget that to become a leader in dentistry is thanks to many successful leaders before — try not to reinvent the wheel, be gracious, humble and happy.