2024 ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference VII (ADEA IWLC VII)

Dates: March 12-13, 2024
Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Location: New Orleans, LA

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ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference VII (ADEA IWLC VII)


New Orleans was the place to be March 12 and 13, 2024 for oral health leaders passionate about addressing global issues facing women, impacting gender equity and affecting global oral health care and research underpinnings. Participants at the ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference VII (ADEA IWLC VII) learned, lead, strategized and acted on these issues—with a focus on bringing about positive and lasting change.

ADEA IWLC VII underscored “the power of your voice in oral health” and brought to life the inspiring promise of progress that comes when committed and intelligent leaders from around the world unite to tackle today’s challenges and find new opportunities.

A Leadership Conversation With Icons Drs. Jeanne Sinkford and Lois Cohen

Drs. Jeanne Sinkford and Lois Cohen, two important icons in improving gender equity, leadership growth and oral health, provide leadership strategies for participants.

Be the Light: Inspiring Service to Humanity

Ms. Bonker, the non-verbal, autistic valedictorian of the Rollins College class of 2022, shared her thoughts on a life of service, as an everyday act of humility and a habit of mind. Like the iconic Mr. Rogers, she urges us to write a note of commitment to a life of service and save it in a special place to be an ever-present reminder. Her inspiring story set the stage for the work of the 2024 ADEA IWLC VII as we tackled new ways to improve global oral health while elevating gender equity across the world.

Conference Themes and Focus Areas

Theme 1: Advocacy and Equity

  • Health and well-being
  • Gender equality
  • Reducing inequalities
  • Partnerships for goals

Theme 2: Inquiry and Intervention Through Scholarship and Research

  • Applying macro public health approaches to improving oral health access and equity
  • Advancing translatable research

Conference Goals

  • Advance global gender equity and expand the contributions of women in all facets of society, including dental education, the health professions and the global health workforce.
  • Identify strategies to improve oral health access globally.
  • Provide opportunities for connection and networking that sets the standard for advancing cultural intelligence and fosters a greater understanding of the unique multi-faceted and contemporary leadership issues impacting the diversity of women in dental education, global oral health and beyond.
  • Provide engaging programming that supports multivariate aspects that gender equity faces in oral health research, patient care, education, service and leadership throughout the world.
  • Take the pulse of global research efforts advancing women’s leadership and gender equity in the oral health profession and other health professions.
  • Create sustainable diverse networks of people, projects and collaboration for ongoing work in health professions for improved oral health.

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