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AAPD, foundation help create leaders

Advanced Leadership Institute launched

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and its foundation—Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children—announced July 12 they have partnered with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to form an Advanced Leadership Institute.

Debuting in January 2012, the program augments the experiences of pediatric dentists and corporate partners who have completed the organizations’ Leadership Institute Series, which is designed to enhance leadership qualities of pediatric dentists. The program has graduated 75 pediatric dentists and corporate partners with 30 more enrolled right now.

“As a naturally evolving organization, it’s important to move forward with progressive new initiatives that will allow our members to become leading advocates in the fight for children’s oral health,” said Dr. David K. Curtis, HSHC president.

Other partners in the Leadership Institute Series are the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Ultradent Products Inc. Dr. Jerome B. Miller made a $125,000 lead gift for the advanced program, which was matched by 30 additional members and an AAPD charitable donation.