At the conclusion of my winter quarter I had the opportunity to attend the 2013 Leadership Educational Conference (LEC) put on by the CDA. It is a tremendous opportunity for us as emerging leaders to attend two days of breakout sessions designed to foster our leadership skills and teach us new and better ways to lead a team whether it be in our private offices or at the local, state, or national level in organized dentistry. It was also a wonderful opportunity for our fellow classmates because we were able to bring along one or two individuals interested in leadership that have not been involved with CDA. The event was held in Santa Clara, CA and started off with a bang with nationally renowned corporate leadership coach and speaker, Libby Gill as the keynote speaker (www.libbygill.com). She has a long list of corporate clients that have used her to revamp their businesses from the top down and to help the leaders guide and form the type of environment that can foster innovation and success now and in the future. She really got the conference off on the right foot and everyone fired up about the following breakout sessions. These sessions were opportunities for us to choose specific tracts where we could listen to various leaders, coaches, administrators, etc talk on different topics. It also provided us with an opportunity to network and continue building relationships within the CDA community and with dentists from throughout the state. We also had the chance to listen to our state leaders in the assembly talk about the future of dentistry and the challenges we are currently facing or may face in the future and what we can do to help keep our profession as relevant and prestigious as it is today. It was a tremendous weekend especially for those new attendees that had never had the chance to attend a CDA event, and the feedback I heard was nothing but positive and because of that we in the CDA certainly gained new advocates and lifelong members.
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