Plenary Sessions and the ADEA Chair of the Board Symposia

The 2022 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition will feature Plenary Sessions and ADEA Chair of the Board Symposia addressing different aspects of Shaping Future Educators―each designed to lift the overall conference theme, “Lifting as We Rise.”

Connect with colleagues during interactive sessions, throughout the conference and beyond to continue the conversation around these critical concepts.

Sunday, March 20, 2022Monday, March 21, 2022Tuesday, March 22, 2022


Sunday Plenary

Linda Bernardi
Linda Bernardi

How Disruption Reshapes Health Care
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

ADEA Tapestry Table

Cookie Johnson Photo
Cookie Johnson

ADEA Tapestry Table: Undaunted Trailblazer
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. 

Tuesday Plenary

Amelia Nagoski
Amelia Nagoski

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. 


Shaping the Future of Patient Care
10:30 a.m. – noon

Lifting as We Rise: Shaping Future Educators
10:30 a.m. – noon

Colloquium on Student and Provider Well-being
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.



Sunday, March 20  |  8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Linda Bernardi

Technologist, Innovation Provocateur
Former IBM Chief Innovation Officer and Watson Co-lead

How Disruption Reshapes Health Care

The health care industry is traditionally resistant to technological change and disruptions. However, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and the resulting technological shifts are turning health care on its head.

From intelligent robotics, personalized medicine and compliance monitoring to immersion technology, predictive monitoring and IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled services, Linda Bernardi discusses inversion technologies like blockchain and AI and their impact on traditional models of research, patient data, clinical trials and drug approval.

While hospitals aim for higher revenues, patients require more transparency. Patient portals are one response, but are portals enough? Ms. Bernardi says the hospital landscape of the near future must align with today’s consumer-driven “Know Me” economy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify three ways to improve connection/engagement among patients, colleagues or students.
  • Recall the disruption of the global pandemic and identify the responses that sped the adoption of previously deferred innovation.
  • Contrast your institution’s pre-COVID approach to change/innovation/disruption with how it responds now. Can any of the lessons learned during the pandemic be used to embrace future disruption?

Sunday, March 20  |  10:30 a.m. - noon

Shaping the Future of Patient Care


Danielle Rulli, D.H.Sc., M.S., RDH, University of Michigan School of Dentistry


Cherae Farmer-Dixon, D.D.S., M.S.P.H., M.B.A., FACD, FICD, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry 
Anita Glicken
, M.S.W., National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health
Michael Helgeson
, D.D.S., Chief Executive Officer, Apple Tree Dental
Adrienne Lapidos
, Ph.D., Michigan Medicine

The delivery of oral health care has experienced a significant and necessary evolution that requires pioneering approaches to reduce oral health disparities. In this session, participants will learn from innovative disrupters who have mastered the key concept of meeting people where they are. These leaders will share key takeaways on best practice frameworks, employing community partnerships and leveraging emerging technology.

In this 90-minute symposium, participants will be challenged to lean in and envision how they can set up programs and break down barriers at their own institutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and describe the necessary components of successful integration models.
  • Describe sustainable community and interprofessional partnerships.
  • Identify integration models and concepts and scale for adaptation by your own institution.


Monday, March 21  |  8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Cookie Johnson

Health Advocate, Philanthropist, Businesswoman and Author

ADEA Tapestry Table: Undaunted Trailblazer

The 2022 ADEA Tapestry Table (Tapestry Table), an educational series focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in dental and health professions education, builds upon the release of the book, Undaunted Trailblazers: Minority Women Leaders for Oral Health.

This year, Tapestry Table celebrates the legacy of these outstanding women of color and undaunted women trailblazers who have inspired us. We welcome Cookie Johnson, who is a devoted philanthropist, spokesperson for women’s health, an HIV/AIDS advocate, and the wife of 30 years to the legendary basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Cookie Johnson has a magic all her own.

No matter her role as an author, philanthropists and entrepreneur, Cookie embodies the spirit of undaunted women of color blazing new trails and building powerful legacies of transformative change. She is a proud advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, using her voice and platform, through speaking engagements and supporting organizations that relate to that community.

Equally of importance is the open transparency of Magic, Ryan White and others in sharing their HIV statuses. Their courage helped bring the HIV/AIDS conversation out of the shadows, moving it beyond the unjust stereotype as a “gay man’s disease” and into the mainstream, which helped advance research funding for HIV vaccines and therapies. Believing in Magic, Mrs. Johnson’s powerful and inspiring memoir, which she wrote as she felt compelled by God’s blessing to inspire and empower others who find themselves in similar situations, will engage the audience and they will learn from her personal experience.

As part of this year’s Tapestry Table plenary, we ask that everyone attending wear something with purple, symbolizing royalty, or lilac, the color of dentistry, in honor of the undaunted women of color in oral health and the unshakable, undaunted women trailblazers who have helped shape who you are personally or professionally.


Sonya Gyjuan Smith, Ed.D., J.D., ADEA Chief Diversity Officer

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key personal and professional leadership challenges facing women in dental education and in our communities and the interplay of intersectionality.
  • Describe some of the strategies for addressing the challenges, stereotypes and biases experienced by women, particularly women of color, in dental education and other leadership positions.
  • Summarize the impact of early HIV/AIDS early research on the development of the contemporary COVID-19 vaccines.

Monday, March 21  |  10:30 a.m. - noon  (Eastern Time)

Lifting as We Rise: Shaping Future Educators


Hubert K. Chan, D.D.S., Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine


Lorel E. Burns, D.D.S., M.S., NYU College of Dentistry
Abrielle Lamphere
, RDH, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, MSDH Candidate 2022
Jessica Lettelleir, 
Dental Student, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Neha Sethi
, D.D.S., University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Christine Wankiiri-Hale
, D.M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

For today’s future dental educator, the journey from student to faculty member include experiences to which current dental educators cannot relate. Products of social media and the 21st century digital age, future educators prefer digital methods for delivering or receiving information that are just short of alien to many current educators.

In an instant, the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. Disruption forced the adoption of innovation. As the delivery of dental education thrusted decades-old modalities from a generational preference into the mainstream of dental education, institutions learned that many aspects of dental education can be delivered successfully via nontraditional and innovative methods. It is clear we must keep pace with these changes and support the ways rising dental educators receive and deliver educational content.

With a view to the future of dental education, this session’s speakers will share their stories, painting a picture of the paradigm shifts that must be addressed in developing student interest in becoming dental educators. Speakers include student participants actively pursuing careers in dental education and faculty who are trailblazers in the arena.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how traditional educational methodologies can effectively delivered in ways preferred by today’s future educators.
  • List examples of innovative trends in dental education that your institution could implement that would better appeal to today’s future educators.
  • Recommend ways to implement similar activities and programs at their home institution.

Monday, March 21  |  1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Colloquium on Student and Provider Well-being


Keith A. Mays, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Minnesota School of Dentistry


Joyce C. Hudson, RDH, M.S., Ivy Tech Community College
Avigael Lerman, D.D.S., University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry
Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., M.Div., FACD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and VCU Dental Care
Bryan Williams, M.D., Ph.D., M Health Fairview

The high level of stress and anxiety that can exist within dental education is well known. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increased emphasis was placed on student well-being and the importance of managing the educational environment to promote it. The pandemic has further highlighted the imperative need for support of student and provider well-being.

The intent of this session is to engage in conversation about student well-being in dental education. Join us as we explore the mosaic of perspectives from diverse panelists, including dental student depression and managing provider wellness in large health-systems, with special attention to resilience and the critical role of integrating wellness policies at the institutional level. The audience will obtain translational knowledge that will provide the ability to envision and implement preventive self-care and well-being programs within their dental education programs to better support the well-being of students, staff and faculty.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the challenges to student and provider well-being.
  • Recognize and list key contributors and barriers to resilience.
  • Describe the importance of organizational policies in creating a culture of well-being for students and providers.


Tuesday, March 22  |  10:00 - 11:15 a.m. 

Amelia Nagoski, D.M.A.

TED Speaker, author, and music conductor whose work focuses on the human body.

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Stress. Burnout. Exhaustion. Three inescapable byproducts of life. Two years into the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the world struggles with the realization that it must embrace a new normal. The uncertainty and stress quickly lead to burnout. While the link between stress and wellness are well known, very little is known about the “stress cycle.” After a stress-induced medical scare landed her in the hospital, Dr. Amelia Nagoski began a journey to better understand stress, burnout and why self-care alone is not the cure.

Dr. Nagoski has a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Connecticut. An Assistant Professor and Coordinator of music at Western New England University, she regularly presents educational sessions discussing application of communications science and psychological research for audiences of other professional musicians, including “Beyond Burnout Prevention: Embodied Wellness for Conductors.” Dr. Nagoski is coauthor, with her sister Dr. Emily Nagoski, of the New York Times bestseller Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to handle stress before it turns into burnout.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the difference between processing stress and dealing with stressors.
  • Identify at least three evidence-based strategies for completing stress cycle.
  • Name the cure for burnout.