2019 ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference VI
April 23 – 25, 2019 Brescia, Italy

“Learning Perspectives in Leadership”
Conference Proceedings

Countries represented at 2019 ADEA IWLC VI:
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Côte D'Ivoire
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Netherlands
  • Oman
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Overview

The ADEA 2019 International Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC) VI, held April 23–25, 2019, in Brescia, Italy, brought together women from 22 countries to share their stories and create strategies to impact global oral health in their institutions, countries and the world. They also shared their insights and strategies for success based on their experiences in leadership throughout their careers. Many sessions provided attendees with opportunities for interactive discussions and expanded their global networks.

With passion, sensitivity and clarity, women shared their stories, struggles and hard-won successes in their academics, association administration, teaching and research journeys. Many presenters shared, with candor and brutal honesty, how they fought through the barriers and moved from entry-level academics to the positions of Dean, Associate Dean, Presidents of national organizations, and are now mentors themselves.

As women in leadership roles presented, a strong sense of connectedness and bonding developed. At breaks, meals and receptions, participants expressed strong support and empathy for the personal journeys shared.

Thank you to Dr. Joan Davis, Director of Research, Special Projects & Initiatives at A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health for her work in developing the proceedings of the conference.

Recurring themes expressed by participants included the importance of:

➤ Developing relationships, partnerships and collaborations;
➤ Staying focused on your goals; 
➤ Cultivating self-efficacy to pursue leadership opportunities;
➤ Seeking the training and experience to advance;
➤ Incorporating lessons learned from family life; 
➤ Resilience and turning adversity into a positive; and
➤ Letting go of self-doubt and believing in one’s ability to lead. 



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View speaker bios and career-life balance stories.
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Program designed and published by AEGIS Communications.

Thank you to AEGIS Communications for photography and videography.

BACKGROUND

Established in 1998, the ADEA IWLC has evolved into an extraordinary international event recognizing women’s leadership across the global health workforce. This year marks the sixth conference, which convened a diverse and inspiring community from around the world to explore essential knowledge for successful and informed leadership. Attendees included dental educators, school administrators, corporate leaders, health policy advocates, governmental and foundation representatives and others committed to supporting gender equity in oral health and advancing women’s leadership in public health, academic dentistry and research. 


ADEA IWLC Planning Committee Chair, Dr. Lily T. Garcia

Lily T. Garcia photo

Dr. Lily T. Garcia chaired the planning committee for this important meeting. She noted, “The 2019 ADEA IWLC conference convened a diverse array of attendees from around the world committed to advancing women’s leadership in global health, academic dentistry and research.”

One hundred and twenty attendees from 22 countries learned from panels of women leaders in dental education from around the world who shared their insights and strategies for success based on experiences in leadership throughout their careers.  Many sessions provided attendees with opportunities for interactive discussions and expanded their global networks.   


 

PURPOSE

Recognizing the value of bringing together women and men from all over the globe to share, discuss, motivate and collaborate, ADEA convened the 2019 IWLC to provide varied formats to do just that. 

Inspirational keynote speakers, panels, breakout sessions, poster presentations, receptions and meals were all opportunities for participants to connect on a professional and personal level.

 

IWLC VI Program

What were some of the personal reasons participants attended ADEA 2019 IWLC?


“I came to be energized and to network, network, network.”

“To be empowered...”


View a detailed digital programPDF
Program designed and published by AEGIS Communications.

View speaker bios and career-life balance stories.

 

A TRIBUTE TO JEANNE C. SINKFORD, D.D.S., Ph. D.


Dr. Sinkford


The program began with recognition of Dr. Sinkford’s impact on dental education.

JEANNE C. SINKFORD, D.D.S., PH.D., an internationally renowned dental educator, administrator, researcher and clinician, redefined the perception of women in the dental profession and continues to inspire generations of women in dentistry around the world. For over 40 years, she has been breaking down barriers and shattering the glass ceiling for women and underrepresented minorities. Dr. Sinkford is the architect of the ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference and founder of the ADEA Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence program.


 

View this interview to learn more about Dr. Sinkford’s legacy.

 

Welcome Reception

Presenters framed the meeting as focused on creating a global network among the attendees, introduced a program that allows attendees to practice the use of leadership tools and learn from experts, and enabled attendees to reflect on personal abilities and leverage their individual capacities to grow professionally. Dr. Corrado Paganelli spoiled participants with an Italian, four-star caterer who provided food and refreshments for the reception, breaks and meals.

ADEA IWLC Welcome Remarks and Introductions

Presenter(s):

Lily Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, Dean, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine and Chair, ADEA IWLC VI Planning Committee
Henry Gremillion, D.D.S., MAGD, Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors
Corrado Paganelli, Professor and Dean, School of Dentistry at the Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy

 

Thank you to AEGIS Communications for photography and videography.

 

ADEA IWLC—The Impact of Women Leaders in Global Health

Presenter(s):

Lily Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, Dean, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine and Chair, ADEA IWLC VI Planning Committee
Lois Cohen, Ph.D.
Richard Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA Past President and CEO
Dr V photo IWLC

Introduction to ePosters

Presenter(s):

Denice Stewart, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., ADEA Chief Policy Officer 

Dr. Lily Garcia, Program Chair: "The logo of this year’s IWLC is broken glass – we have broken the glass ceiling! There are women here who will be mentoring and creating networks that are global - so it's so important. The whole theme of this meeting is to get to know each other even better. Please take a moment to read our speaker’s bio-sketches, to see these women and their paths. They represent so much of what's being accomplished now in academic dental institutions and in our clinical practice. What's also special about their stories is that I've asked each of them to present her story and it's a little bit of something about how they balance, balance what they do."


Thank you to AEGIS Communications for photography and videography.


 

Learning Perspective I: Self-awareness and Personal Strengths Using Negotiation Skills to Enhance Women’s Leadership

In this session, participants learned basic skills involved in “Principled Negotiation” to understand why this approach achieves better results than more traditional “Positional Negotiation.” Judith Albino, Ph.D., focused on gender differences in negotiation communications and how women’s socialization and interaction skills support the new models for negotiation and leadership. Participants practiced their negotiation skills and explored their feelings as they role-played different workplace scenarios.

  • Getting beyond compromise—moving to a win-win through building relationship.
  • Be empowered through empathy and knowledge.

Presenter(s):

Judith Albino, Ph.D., President Emerita and Professor at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and School of Public Health

 

IWLC working lunch photo

Learning Perspectives II: Perspectives of Self to Navigate Within Your Institution

In this session, four different presenters shared their personal stories and illustrated how they used their strengths to navigate their institutions or communities. Then, while enjoying lunch, participants networked, shared stories and asked relevant questions in small, informal groups formed around topics of interest. Key themes that emerged during the session:

  • Seek out mentorship and feedback from women in leadership.
  • Strength comes from love, support of family and friends.
  • Work hard and never give up; be resilient.
  • Develop your networks and be intentional about it.
  • Take time to self-reflect and build relationships.
  • Have courage to take risks to advance. 
  • Seek out administrative roles. 
  • Know your inner compass.
  • Inspire others and have gratitude. 

Moderator:

Cristina Manzanares, M.D., Ph.D., University of Barcelona


Panel Member(s):

Research Focus - Bringing National Success for Local Engagement
Tamanna Tiwari, M.P.H., M.D.S., B.D.S., Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Education Focus - Facilitating Change in Curriculum
Michelle M. Krupp, M.S., Assistant Dean, The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics

Clinical Focus - Advancing Clinical Expertise
Lara Bakaeen, D.D.S., M.S.

Management Focus - Leadership in Adversity
Ana N. López-Fuentes, D.M.D., M.P.H., FACD, FICD, Professor, University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine

 

Learning Perspective III: Awareness of World Activities

Each presenter provided her story of how she has used her strengths to overcome new challenges and make an impact. They described the challenges and opportunities that are unique to their situation or country. Key themes that emerged during the session:

  • Family / life balance had a profound impact on their careers.
  • Many of the presenters actively sought administrative roles even while encountering resistance.
  • The opportunity to conduct research and support women in research was important.
  • Many had to negotiate inequities of service expectations when compared to men.
  • Women need to be involved in policy formation to support equity.
  • In lieu of a mentor, remind yourself of your accomplishments, know your inner compass and draw on strength from family.
  • Have the courage to push against the norms. 

Moderator:

Cathia Bergeron, D.M.D., M.S., Dean, Université Laval Faculté de Médicine Dentaire


Presenter(s):

Impact of Oral Health in Saudi Arabia
Ebtissam Al-Madi, B.D.S., M.S.D., FACD, Associate Professor, College of Dentistry, King Saud University

Impact of Innovation
Maria-Pau Ginebra Molins, Ph.D., Professor, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Impact of Oral Health Globally
Yolande Koffi Gnagne, D.D.S., Associate Professor and Dean, Abidjan School of Dentistry and Stomatology

Impact of Organizations for Science
Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Professor, University of Utah School of Dentistry

Impact on Patient Care: Interprofessional Education
Sandra C. Andrieu, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry

Impact on Health Care Teams
Lisa A. Tedesco, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean, Emory University

Summary Remarks
Lily Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, Chair, ADEA IWLC VI Planning Committee

 

Learning Perspective IV: Mentorship
Guided Dialogue on Topics from the Previous Day’s Table Discussions

Panelists and attendees discussed takeaways from their designated tables on what they learned and the input from other attendees. The moderators helped summarize the topics and offered reflective insights. Participants focused on building a network and identifying a mentor. A leadership panel shared their stories, leadership learning and professional pathway highlights. Key themes that emerged during the table discussions:

  • Leadership involves creating partnerships and collaborations and developing a team.
  • Family and life balance were viewed as an essential part of leadership.
  • Mentorship is key component of leadership as is cultivating self-efficacy.
  • Leaders require both resilience and grit. 

Moderator(s):

Melanie E. Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM, Associate Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

Sophia Saeed, D.M.D., Chair and Professor-in-Residence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine


Panel Member(s):

Research Focus
Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Professor, University of Utah School of Dentistry
Tamanna Tiwari, M.P.H., M.D.S., B.D.S., Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Education Focus
Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., Dean, University of Florida College of Dentistry
Denise Kassebaum, D.D.S., M.S., Dean and Professor, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

 IWLC presenters

Leadership Panel IV: Leadership Learning and Professional Pathway Highlights

Key themes that emerged during the panel:

  • Build your leadership on trust, honesty and credibility through hard work.
  • Lead by example and with care to support of others.
  • Be resilient, stay calm and don’t make it personal. 
  • Reflect and re-charge and practice “self-management”.

Presenter(s):

Sophia Saeed, D.M.D., Professor and Residence and Department Chair of Clinical Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine
Ebtissam Al-Madi, B.D.S., M.S.D., FACD, Associate Professor of Endodontics, college of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Cathia Bergeron, D.M.D., M.S., Dean, Université Laval Faculté de Médecine Dentaire in Québec City, Canada
Kathryn Kell, D.D.S., M.H.C.A., President, FDI World Dental Federation
Kor Hok Sim, D.D.S., M.S., Vice Dean, International University Cambodia

 

Panelists addressed the discussion questions of:

  1. What do you see as next steps?
  2. Is there a global entity to connect beyond this meeting?
  3. How do we package the energy and momentum to sustain it?

Be authentic, dare to be different, explore new opportunities – go for it!


Moderator(s):

Lily Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, Chair, ADEA IWLC VI Planning Committee
Denice Stewart, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., ADEA Chief Policy Officer

 

Closing Comments and Adjournment


Presenter(s):

Lily Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, Chair, ADEA IWLC VI Planning Committee
Denice Stewart, D.D.S., M.H.S.A., ADEA Chief Policy Officer
Karen West, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA President and CEO
Henry Gremillion, D.D.S., MAGD

 

Thank you to AEGIS Communications for photography and videography.