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Apply today! Application Deadline April 30, 2014



Enhance Your Leadership Potential

Established in 2003 by the ADA, the goal of the Institute is to provide a diverse group of dentists with education and experience so that they can set new leadership paths within the profession and their communities.

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Apply for the Institute

Promising leaders, who are members of racial, ethnic and/or gender groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership, are encouraged to apply for this extraordinary educational experience.

The class of 2014-15 will convene for three sessions held at ADA Headquarters in Chicago on the following dates:

September 4-5, 2014
December 8-9, 2014
September 10-11, 2015

To apply, submit the completed Candidate Application Form and arrange for two references to complete and submit the Candidate Reference Form on your behalf by April 30, 2014. We regret that the ADA cannot be responsible for or accept incomplete or late applications.

Participation is open to active, licensed dentists, residing in the U.S. ADA members are encouraged to apply, but ADA membership is not required for participation in the Institute. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated leadership potential within dental associations or their communities.

If you have questions, please contact the ADA at 312.440.2598 or

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Prepare for an individual experience

Applicants should be prepared to commit significant personal time to their individual leadership experiences. In addition to attending all three of the sessions listed above, the full-year program requires all class members to actively participate in:

  • Quarterly, 60-minute class calls between sessions with Institute faculty
  • ADA Connect, an online SharePoint community, for class communications and updates
  • Completing a leadership project within your community

Your time is the only cost to participate in the Institute. There is no tuition or fees. This is made possible through generous corporate contributions from Henry Schein Dental and Procter & Gamble.

The ADA and corporate sponsors, cover faculty and participant expenses (travel to Chicago, transportation, lodging and meals) for the three training sessions. In addition, a stipend is provided to help offset the costs associated with implementing participants' personal leadership projects.

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Expand Your Leadership Network

The ADA is proud to work with educators from an institution as highly regarded as Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, in bringing the Institute to life. Our current faculty liaison and advisor is J. Keith Murnighan, Ph.D. Dr. Murnighan is the Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Risk Management at the Kellogg School of Management. Learn more about Dr. Murnighan.

The Institute's emphasis is fostering personal leadership skills. The program seeks to build a lifetime network of supportive relationships among alumni as they move on to leadership roles for their communities and the profession. As such, participants are encouraged to network with, and seek insight from, the ADA Board of Trustees, leaders from the program's corporate sponsors and non-profit organizations, faculty, program alumni and ADA staff.

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Make a Difference in Your Community

An integral part of the learning experience is having the participants put the leadership principles and training they've received to practical use. Participants select an issue or challenge in their community, organization or the profession and develop and execute a plan to address it. Institute faculty, national mentors and ADA staff continue to act as ongoing resources throughout the development and execution of the projects.

Dr. Keith Beasley of the 2007 Institute class focused his leadership project on the issue of access to care for patients with special health needs. Dr. Beasley currently serves on the ADA Board of Trustees Diversity and Inclusion Committee as one of three alumni consultants. Click here to read more about Dr. Beasley’s leadership project.

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