Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute was designed to foster new leadership in organized dentistry through an intensive list of activities and meetings. The program provides an opportunity for WSDA members to gain an understanding of organized dentistry at the State level.

Participants will be paired with WSDA Board members who will shepherd them through six key activities tailored to developing emerging leaders from within our membership. 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. The programming goal is intended to educate and illuminate the leadership process, without overwhelming participants with too many activities. During the year, all program costs will be paid by WSDA, including airfare, hotels, meals and transportation.

Calendar of Events

January 10, 2014- Association Background/Past President’s Roundtable Discussion
    Participants and mentors will spend the morning meeting with the Association’s senior staff and receive a complete background on WSDA, WOHF, WDIA and DentPAC. The afternoon will be spent with selected Past Presidents to discuss how they became involved in WSDA and what they personally gained through the experience. This will include an extensive question and answer period.

• January 30/31, 2014- Dental Action Day
    Participants will attend Dental Action Day, including the Committee on Government Affairs and DentPAC meetings the night before. During DAD, participants and their mentors will meet with legislators and their staff to discuss issues important to organized dentistry. In the past, these meetings have played a vital role in the outcome of important legislation affecting everything from scope of practice to Medicaid.

Spring - Committee Meeting of Participant's Choice
   Participants have the opportunity to choose one committee meeting (PNDC, Government Affairs, or Budget & Finance) to attend with their mentor.

• June 19-20, 2014 - Board of Directors Two Day Meeting

   Attend two-day Board of Directors meeting to gain an understanding of how the Board operates, including the Thursday “Vision Day”, where participants will be free to discuss broad-ranging issues affecting organized dentistry, in addition to any formal board business.

• September 18-20, 2014 - House of Delegates

    Attend House of Delegates as an alternate, if not already a delegate. This will close the circle on the year. Participants should walk away with an understanding of the WSDA’s activities and decision-making process.


Applications must be received by November 22, 2013 to be considered eligible for the program. While all applicants will be considered, preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated their commitment at either the component or state level, including component leadership or attendance at WSDA events throughout the year.

To be considered for the program, applicants must:
• Be an active WSDA member
• Make a one-year commitment to the program.
• 100 percent attendance and participation is required of all participants at each of the designated events/meetings

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