It’s that time of year again — when we begin to solicit applications for the WSDA Leadership Institute. Now in its fourth year, the Institute exists to develop future leaders of organized dentistry from the rank and file members of today. Preference is given to those who already have some experience in leadership roles at the local level.
Former participant Dr. Ashley Ulmer was elected to the WSDA Board of Directors at this year’s House of Delegates, and other participants continue to make their mark at higher levels of organized dentistry. Your voices, ideas, and passion for dentistry are needed — we still face challenges including dental workforce issues, funding for higher education and dental residency programs, third party payers, and uncertainty with the changes coming with the Affordable Care Act — and we need committed, vibrant leadership to navigate these issues.
WSDA’s Leadership Institute can help shape you into a leader of the future by pairing you with a WSDA Board member who will shepherd you through six key activities tailored to developing emerging leaders. Mentors and participants will be encouraged to meet privately during the year to discuss perspectives, leadership issues and questions, and to further enhance the collaborative nature of the leadership process.
And while it’s up to both participants and mentors to determine the scope of involvement, the program seeks to foster leadership without overwhelming participants with too many activities. All program costs will be paid by WSDA, including airfare, hotels, meals and transportation.
It is always vital to encourage leaders of the future, and this program lends structure to the process. Given the uncertainty of national health care and how it may affect dentistry, it has never been more important.
Apply for the 2014 Leadership Institute here. Applications must be received by November 22, 2013 to be considered eligible. Questions? Contact Kainoa Trotter at 800-448-3368 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.