Plenary Sessions


Why Collaboration Changes Everything 

Sunday, March 17  |  8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Tim Sanders

Tim Sanders
Former Chief Solutions Officer, Yahoo; Author of Love is the Killer App       

Tim Sanders really, truly knows how to collaborate. He scaled the corporate ladder during Yahoo’s most lucrative years, saving and building accounts left, right and center using the most ingenious collaborative strategies he could think of. Now, he loves sharing his insights. Creation and collaboration, not competition, are the keys to winning, he says.

When we talk about how to be more innovative, we are actually talking about how to be more agile, and Tim knows exactly how to do that. He shares his poignant thoughts about how we need to do more collaborating across a company’s fault lines. We need diverse perspectives in the room (four perspectives, to be exact). We need to build a favor economy and justice leagues (versus teams). Tim shows you how to execute his refreshing, innovative strategy.

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Achieving Excellence Through Difference Plenary Reception 

Sunday, March 17  |  5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Ana Lopez Fuentes

Ana Lopez Fuentes, D.MD, M.P.H.
UPR School of Dental Medicine

Dennis Mitchell, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Patricia Blanton, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Texas A&M University College of Dentistry

Scott Schwartz
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

This new event, the Achieving Excellence Through Difference (AETD) /Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) plenary, continues the legacy of important conversations around issues of diversity and inclusion. The plenary reception combines the “In the Mix” program with the annual Celebrating Diversity in Dental Education/SHPEP reception. The AETD brings together a speaker and the audience to engage in discussion about key diversity and inclusion issues impacting society and dental education. The program structure provides opportunities for networking and discussions, and honoring SHPEP program alumni, in a venue where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are celebrated and appreciated.

The ADEA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (ADEA DIAC) advises the ADEA Board of Directors on issues related to diversity and inclusion in dental education. The committee focuses on multiple dimensions of diversity in academic dental institutions which includes issues relative to racial/ethnic minority communities, women and the LGBT community include. The plenary reception will feature an interactive panel of diversity leaders that will highlight best practices for recruiting and retaining diverse faculty in dental education and introduce new resources that ADEA has created to help our members address this challenge.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe new ADEA resources to assist dental schools and allied programs in their strategic efforts to foster diversity and inclusion.
  • Identify best practices and strategies for recruiting and retaining historically underrepresented and marginalized faculty in dental education. 

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    The Valachovic Festschrift Symposium: Virtue & Dental Education 

    Monday, March 18  |  8:00 - 9:45 a.m.

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    Dr. Richard Valachovic
    President & CEO of American Dental Education Association


    Carol Aschenbrener, M.D.
    Former Chief Medical Education Officer, AAMC; Consultant and Executive Coach

    N. Karl Haden, Ph.D.
    Founder and President, AAL

    Leo Rouse, D.D.S., FACD
    Dean and Professor Emeritus, Howard University College of Dentistry and Senior Scholar-in-Residence, ADEA

    Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H.
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Detroit Mercy
             Lily Garcia, D.D.S., M.S.
    Professor and Associate Dean for Education, The University of Iowa College of Dentistry

    Monty MacNeil, D.D.S., M.D.S.
    Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

    Richard Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H.
    President and CEO, ADEA

    A festschrift (from the German “fest” for “celebration” and “schrift” for “writing”) is an academic tradition honoring a respected academic and presented during the honoree’s lifetime. This symposium will honor Dr. Rick Valachovic as he retires after 22 years of leading AADS/ADEA as Executive Director/President and CEO. The session will focus on virtue and dental education. The concept of virtue is highly applicable to dental education. Virtue traditionally has been defined in various ways, usually promoting a moral code of some kind. Aristotle introduced the notion that each person has an innate responsibility to strive, develop and become his or her best self. A virtuous life is the way to human flourishing, or what Aristotle called “eudaimonia.” This symposium will focus on human flourishing in dental education to ensure that dentistry continues to be a learned profession, developing leaders at all levels, strengthening dentistry’s participation in interprofessional education and patient care, and promoting diversity and inclusion.  

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      Large-scale Online Collaboration 

      Tuesday, March 19  |  10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

      Luis von Ahn

      Luis von Ahn
      Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University; CEO and Co-Founder, Duolingo

      Luis von Ahn is an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who is considered one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is known for co-inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow and selling two companies to Google in his 20s. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, a language-learning platform created to bring free language education to the world. With over 300 million users, it is now the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world. Luis has been named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science Magazine, one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover Magazine, one of the Top Young Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine. In this talk Luis explores the power of collaborative work to accomplish incredible things.

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