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Celebrating Our Collaborative Spirit—Highlights From the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

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The 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition welcomed deans, program directors, faculty, students, residents and fellows from across the United States and Canada to Chicago for four days of robust programming, including visionary plenary sessions, dynamic keynote speakers, exclusive education and networking opportunities, and more.

Here are just a few highlights from #ADEA2019: 

Saturday, March 16
ADEA President and CEO Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., delivered his last annual address to the ADEA House of Delegates before retiring at the end of June. Dr. Valachovic discussed insights gained over his 22 years leading ADEA, including his 10 maxims, mantras and musings. ADEA will continue this work to expand key priorities, goals and objectives. For more details, view our recently released 2019–2022 ADEA Strategic Directions and 2018 ADEA Annual Report.

Also on Saturday, an overflow crowd of predental students filled the ADEA GoDental® Recruitment Event—marking the beginning of a very successful event. Nearly 700 attendees came together to hear from admissions officers and dental educators about the intensive process of applying to dental school. This popular event, in its 10th year, is geared toward high school, community college and four-year college students, as well as others interested in dentistry. Attendees engaged with representatives from over 50 U.S. dental schools and dental organizations, asking important questions to help them determine the best fit for them as future dental students.

Sunday, March 17
The #ADEA2019 Opening Plenary Session featured Tim Sanders, former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo, best-selling author and CEO of Deeper Media. As we explored the importance of collaborating across a company’s fault lines, Mr. Sanders encouraged us to challenge our assumptions about what it takes to execute refreshing, creative ideas. “When we talk about how to be more innovative, we are actually talking about how to be more agile,” says Mr. Sanders. Creation and collaboration, not competition, are the keys to winning. Leaders often overestimate the amount of collaboration they do—mistaking cooperation for collaboration. You’re asked to do something, but it’s someone else’s project; once it’s done you’re out, he says. When you collaborate, you share the risks and get the best out of everyone at the table. 

Monday, March 18
ADEA President and CEO Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., delivered rousing remarks at the close of The Valachovic Festschrift Symposium: Virtue & Dental Education—our first such symposium in ADEA history. “I believe that to be virtuous is to instill habits that promote flourishing in ourselves and in others. We become virtuous through education to develop and practice those habits.” In celebration of ideals known to be important to Dr. Valachovic, this commemorative session focused 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. Check out a summary of Dr. Valachovic’s remarks and view the videos online. 

Congratulations to the 2019 Gies Award recipients! The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (The Gies Awards) were held on Monday evening and raised $363,000. The gala drew over 660 attendees, representing 44 dental schools in the United States and Canada, 10 corporate partners and nonprofit organizations. This year’s nine honorees were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges and industry experts, including the ADEAGies Foundation® Board of Trustees. View the full list of 2019 Gies Award winners. This event would not be possible without the tremendous support from our sponsors. The ADEAGies Foundation thanks all event sponsors, donors and attendees for their generous support, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Tuesday, March 19
The Closing Plenary Session, “Large-scale Online Collaboration,” with Luis von Ahn, entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, closed out the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition on a captivating note. Mr. Ahn, cofounder of both Duolingo and reCAPTCHA, talked #ADEA2019 attendees through the ups and downs of his professional life story, and spoke of ways to harnesses the combined power of humans and computers to solve problems that would be impossible for either to solve alone. Through human computation, Mr. Ahn has created the most downloaded free education app in the world with over 300 million users, making it the most popular language-learning platform today.


  • ADEA Headshot Café:#ADEA2019 attendees put their best faces forward in the Exhibit Hall, courtesy of our onsite photographer and make-up artists. 
  • ADEA Social Media + Digital Tools Lab: #ADEA2019 attendees elevated their professional digital presence at this year’s Social Media Lab in the Exhibit Hall.
  • ADEA Quest (and more prizes than ever)! Congratulations to the attendees that participated in the second annual ADEA Quest mobile app game! Our 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition grand prize winner, Kathryn Dunn,  Assistant Director of Predoctoral Research at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, received:
    • One complimentary registration for the 2020 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in National Harbor, MD ($720 value).
    • One roundtrip airfare to #ADEA2020 up to $500.
    • Three complimentary nights at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center—the #ADEA2020 headquarters hotel.

Visit adea.org/2019 for the full 2019 Annual Session & Exhibition recap and for information about obtaining CE credits. The deadline for completing evaluations and printing a PDF of your CE Verification Form is Tuesday, April 30. Evaluations are available online only. You may use the mobile app or the online program planner to evaluate the sessions you attended.

We look forward to seeing you next year in National Harbor, MD near Washington, DC! 

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Published on April 10, 2019

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