ADEA IWLC VI Speakers


Dear Colleague,


I am writing to ask you to please consider coming to Italy this spring to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity. The American Dental Education Association is hosting the sixth ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference (ADEA IWLC VI) in Brescia, Italy, April 23-25.

This conference brings together women in dental education from all over the world and at all stages of their careers to explore their personal growth as leaders, their contributions to their institutions and their commitment to global oral health.

An amazing group of colleagues will share their experiences and views. 
We will have ample time to network, learn from each other and share our stories.

Dr. Denise Kassebaum, Dean of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and Professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, shares her story:


I chose to balance my life by taking a position in administration early in my academic career at the time of my first son’s birth. As one of a few women dentist faculty at the institution, the role required me to “lean in” and assume new responsibilities when the demands of becoming a new mother were also new to me. I began a journey to become more self-aware of my potential to vision change. Leadership training and a network of incredible colleagues have informed my perspectives and passion for change. The fulfillment I experienced from working with faculty to innovate, create programs and shift long-standing institutional priorities has led to great professional satisfaction. My family has given me the resilience for the journey. After having had the privilege of serving as a dental dean for over a decade, my excitement is seeing the spark to change ignite in others.


The 2019 ADEA IWLC conference convenes a diverse array of attendees from around the world committed to advancing women’s leadership in global health, academic dentistry and research. The 2019 meeting theme centers on three lenses essential to successful and informed leadership: knowing yourself, knowing your organization and knowing your world.

Join colleagues from around the globe for this important experience.


Warm regards,

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Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S.
Planning Committee Chair, ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference VI

View the letterPDF from Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., Planning Committee Chair of ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference VI.


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Her Story

I chose to balance life by moving to a foreign country as a newlywed, all without knowing how this would impact my professional pathway. This one decision led to incredible opportunities that would not have been possible had I not moved. I used each professional encounter to learn and grow, at times serendipitously, yet I was able to expand my network both abroad and at home in the United States. On return, having a daughter helped me learn how fragile and vulnerable one can be, which strengthened my resolve to support her with fierce determination; in effect, moving me to support others whenever possible. My experiences have helped me live what it means to be flexible. Building resilience enables me to accept disappointment, process events to redirect my energy and focus in order to move forward.

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Lily T. Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, is Associate Dean for Education at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics and Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics. Dr. Garcia has lectured nationally and internationally; has published articles, abstracts, and edited several dental textbooks; served on editorial boards; and reviews for several journals. Her study interests include clinical studies involving dental implants, removable prosthodontics, and educational work in support of student learning. Her publications relate to various aspects of clinical dentistry, including Osseointegration and Occlusal Rehabilitation, Removable Partial Dentures: A Clinician’s Guide, Dental Clinics of North America (DCNA)—Prosthodontics, co-author of an upcoming DCNA—Prosthodontics (pending 2019), and Physical Evaluation in Dental Practice (pending). She chaired the national task force that completed the ADEA Guidelines on Academia-Industry Interactions. Dr. Garcia is a Board Certified Prosthodontist, Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, and a Fellow of both the American and International College of Dentists. She completed a Fellowship in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program and The University of Texas System Leadership Institute. She is the Past President of the ACP, Past Chair of the ACP Education Foundation, and Past Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors. She was recently appointed as a Trustee on the ADEAGies Foundation.
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Her Story

I chose to balance life by pursuing my natural love of variety and everything new. The birth of my children clarified that experiences other than work are enriching and make us who we are, yet I love what I do and I continue to struggle to take time away from work. I have postponed retirement for that reason. I believe that work has not been boring or overly stressful for me because I have found variety in my work. I went from being a faculty member into academic administration, returned to teaching and research, and still later pursued training in executive coaching and began another career in leadership development. I also plan intentionally to include variety in my life. In the last couple of years, this has involved hiking in three to four countries every year and pursuing classes in improvisational theater. Discovering new things keeps us young—and balanced.

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Judith Albino, Ph.D., is President Emerita and Professor in the Schools of Public Health and Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado, where she directs the year-long Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS) Program. She has served two universities as President and as a Dean four times. As a Senior Consultant with the AAL Group, she provides leadership and professional skills training, as well as executive coaching and work in areas such as change management, faculty development and strategic planning. Dr. Albino began her academic career in the school of dentistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has more than 100 publications and 200 presentations for national and international scientific and professional groups. Her research career has focused on behavioral aspects of oral health and community-based prevention of oral disease. As PI and Director of the Center for Native Oral Health Research, an oral health disparities center funded by NIDCR/NIH, she completed clinical trials of behavioral strategies for caries prevention in American Indian children. Dr. Albino has served as an officer within several professional organizations, including the IADR/AADR and the APA. She was honored as “Distinguished Psychologist in Management” by the Society of Psychologists in Management. Appointed to the Board of Caring for Colorado by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2012, she is the currantChair of that grant-making foundation. She is now on assignment at NIDCR, serving as Project Co-Director and Scientific Editor of the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.

Her Story

I chose to balance my life by moving my focus from clinical dentistry to dental public health-focused research. I carved a professional pathway of collaborative research, making partners along the way who have provided mentorship, life coaching and leadership skills. I expanded my networks within the United States and across continents, which led to incredible opportunities for research and dissemination. My research has enabled me to meet new people, experience new cultures and travel to several places that have helped me to grow both personally and professionally. I wove my passion for women’s issues into my leadership work, which has enabled me to increase the visibility of women in dental research. Overall, my experiences have helped to build resilience, develop strategies for work-life balance and, most of all, enjoy my work!

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Ebtissam Al-Madi, B.D.S., M.S.D., FACD, is an Associate Professor of Endodontics in the college of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr Al-Madi is the Founding Dean of the College of Dentistry in Princess Nourah University (PNU), and is the first woman to be appointed Dean of a dental school in Saudi Arabia. From 2012–2018, She co-developed an innovative program for dental education in the school and supervised the development of faculty, clinics and staff. She has also founded the Saudi Dental Education Society, a first in the region to assist in faculty development. Dr. Al-Madi obtained her Master’s degree and Certificate of Endodontics from King Saud University in 2000. She also has certificates in Clinical Research, Biomedical Informatics, Teaching in Higher Education, and Medical Education. Dr. Al-Madi was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists in 2018. This was in recognition of her leadership accomplishments and servitude for the profession. As a “military brat,” she grew up in the state of Virginia and is hence is well versed in American culture. She currently lives in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, with her husband, who is also a dentist, and their four daughters. She has developed several businesses with her husband (dental and otherwise) and frequently travels internationally for work, but mainly enjoys spending summers with her family in California.
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Her Story

I chose to balance my life by holding on to lessons learned from lived experiences of my past, stretching out toward my future with joyful anticipation, and continually reminding myself to take time daily to sit in stillness and awe as I appreciate my present. I did not have the gift of a mentor to help guide me professionally through my college years and beyond. However, I had an inner compass that served me well. I learned to trust my intuition. I watched quietly and intently, making mental notes of the qualities in others that I admired or disliked. I learned that:

  • Before I could lead, I had to follow;
  • By willingly doing more than expected and doing it well, I earned trust and respect;
  • Though each of us is but one drop of water, together we ARE the ocean; and
  • It was possible to bloom where I was planted.

 

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Sandra C. Andrieu, Ph.D., currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Advanced Education at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry (LSUSD). She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Higher Education Administration, respectively, from the University of New Orleans. She holds the designation of Professor with tenure, and has 45 years of practice as a registered oral health professional, including 40 years of experience as an LSU faculty member. Dr. Andrieu is an ADEA Past President and was a member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) expert panel that drafted the 2011 report, Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. Following her work with IPEC, Dr. Andrieu served on an ADEA Team Study Group task force to consider competencies needed by dental graduates for interprofessional practice and provide a suggested curriculum in interprofessional education (IPE). In 2012, she was appointed inaugural Chair of the LSU Interprofessional Education Committee. The work of this committee led to an LSU IPE elective course that enrolled over 100 students each year from the LSU Health Schools of Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and the Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) College of Pharmacy. In 2014-2015, Dr. Andrieu served on the SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) committee that developed IPE as the focus of the QEP for LSU Health. The work of the QEP committee led to the creation of the LSU Health Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (CIPECP) in 2015. As the Faculty Liaison to the CIPECP from the School of Dentistry, Dr. Andrieu and colleagues transformed the IPE elective into Team Up—a two-year longitudinal IPE experience integrated within the curriculum of all six LSU Health Schools for all first- and second-year students (1,350 in 2019).
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Her Story

All through my formative years, I planned everything I wanted to become and reach in my career, following into the exact footsteps of my role model and mentor, until I graduated from dental school. Early on, I realized that sometimes dreams and plans can change unexpectedly and without forewarning, yet came to realize that when life closes one door it opens many others, and open mindedness and accepting change is key to success in life. After I established my private practice, I realized that I can still get to achieve and balance my all-time ambition of being involved in teaching and professional organizational work along with a career in private practice. Every day is a learning experience, and every person you meet, whether a student, a patient, or a colleague, has a story. If one listens carefully, these stories can enrich and inspire you and help define the path you take in career and life.

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Dr. Lara Bakaeen obtained her BSc in dentistry from the University of Jordan Dental school, she pursued higher qualifications and further training in Prosthodontics at Temple University in the United States where she obtained her certificate in prosthodontics and her MSc degree. She maintains a busy dental practice in Amman, Jordan. In addition, Dr. Bakaeen is heavily involved in the advancement of dental science and research and serves in leadership positions in multiple professional organizations. She is currently the President of the Jordan Society of Prosthodontics and the President of the Jordan Section of the American College Prosthodontics. Dr. Bakaeen is a Scholar and Fellow of the International Team of Implantology and the Fellow and Country Chairperson of the European Society of Esthetic Dentistry. She has multiple peer-reviewed publications and has lectured and presented her work at numerous national and international podiums. Dr. Bakaeen has passion for teaching and has maintained an academic appointment at the University of Jordan. She is the founder and CEO of DDS Jordan (Digital Dental Solutions). She is a recipient of multiple prestigious, awards and scholarships including the first place, John Sharry Prosthodontics Research Competition and King Hussein of Jordan Scholarship. .
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Her Story

I chose to balance my life by seizing every opportunity to explore outside of my comfort zone professionally, while raising my children in the most stable and comforting way I could offer them. Early in my academic career, when I made the exciting decision to move and teach in a foreign country, I learned so much about resilience and flexibility by watching my children adapt to a totally new environment. These lessons convinced me to take new risks and accept new challenges, such as administrative responsibilities, and led me to surpass myself and find unsuspected strengths. Caring for my family has taught me to put things into perspective and to stay focused on core values in all my professional decisions. My experiences showed me the importance of listening, working as a team, and identifying the potential in everyone and working on enabling it to grow.

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Cathia Bergeron, D.M.D., M.S., is Dean of Université Laval Faculté de Médecine Dentaire in Québec City, Canada, where she also serves as Professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry. She earned her D.M.D. in 1993 from Université Laval and completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) at the same institution. In 1999, she received a Certificate in Operative Dentistry and an M.S. from The University of Iowa. She maintains a university practice limited to Operative Dentistry with a strong emphasis on aesthetic dentistry. Prior to serving as Dean, Dr. Bergeron was Associate Dean for Academics and also taught as Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics. She is past Chair of the American Dental Education Association Section on Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials and participated in various National Dental Examining Board of Canada task forces. Recipient of several local and national teaching awards, she was honored in 2018 by the Québec Dental Academy in recognition of outstanding services to the profession. Throughout her career, Dr. Bergeron has been invited to present lectures and educational programs in more than 125 scientific conferences in Canada and internationally. She is known for her strong leadership in philanthropy and serves on the Board of Directors of the Université Laval Foundation.
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Her Story

I chose to balance my life as a clinician-scientist by fueling my passions for research and mentoring. As I strove for excellence in conservative institutions, my journey was fraught with many betrayals. The miracle of family and the counsel of mentors (women and men) helped build the tenacity and resilience I needed to stay true to course, enjoy academic successes and serve as a role model. Women dental professionals still face tensions at work while carrying heavier burdens in balancing family and career. The lack of inclusion of women in decision-making venues and the failure of women supporting other women pose threats. By de-personalizing hurtful situations and using multiple frames of reference, these barriers can be overcome. I envision a future where gender-based discussions are irrelevant and women step forward with courage and a commitment to changing the status quo while uplifting and empowering other women and men.

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Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., is Professor of Dental Sciences, Neurobiology & Anatomy and Pathology at the University of Utah. She currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Education for the Health Sciences. As a clinician-scientist, Dr. D’Souza has been strongly committed to discovery and mentoring. She has been dedicated to the development and advocacy of women in the health professions throughout her academic career. She is Past President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and currently serves as the President of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), a global organization with about 12,000 members representing about 100 countries. Dr. D’Souza has authored over 150 publications and book chapters and has maintained an active research program for over 30 years through grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies. She has led two major NIH-funded institutional grants that supported the research training of dentists and dentist-scientists at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels. She received the 2002 Distinguished Scientist Award from the IADR and the Presidential Award for Research Excellence from the Texas A&M Health Science Center in 2010. She was also inducted into the German National Academy of Sciences in 2012. Dr. D’Souza was recognized as the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine’s Birnberg Research Medal in 2016. She was nominated as Fellow of the AADR and received its national Irwin D. Mandel Distinguished Mentoring Award in 2017. Dr. D’Souza is the guest editor of a special IADR centennial issue that will honor women pioneers in dental research who have blazed the trail for others to follow.

Her Story

I have never been intentional about balancing my life. As if being part of an experiment, I have adjusted, regrouped, owned my mistakes, and found strength even from grief and loss. As a teenage immigrant to the United States, I learned from my parents’ exceptional work ethic, integrity and perseverance. I believe that setting high expectations is healthy, but that compromising does not mean failure. I’ve been fortunate to experience leadership roles in the public sector, including research administration, public health and academia. Each provided me a unique lens and framework for problem-solving. I love mentoring others, including my son (when allowed) and learning the humbling lessons that life brings each day. I am an eager learner. My teachers are family, friends, colleagues and people without degrees or credentials, who continue to selflessly share their knowledge. I hope to repay them by teaching others.

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Her Story

I chose to balance my life by focusing my efforts on getting a position in academia. I was highly attracted by the possibility of combining teaching and research activities, and this was my driving force. My second crucial decision was to identify a research topic that allowed me to make an impact on both basic research and technology transfer. I worked hard, and building a cohesive and competitive research team was one of my main achievements. An important milestone was the foundation of a spin-off company, Mimetis Biomaterials, as a way to transform the results of many years of research in a real product, which could contribute directly to enhance the quality of life of many patients. Balancing work and family life—I have three children—has been simultaneously one of my challenges and my main source of energy.

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Maria-Pau Ginebra Molins, Ph.D., is Full Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain. She is also Director of the Biomaterials Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group of the Centre for Research in Biomedical Engineering of the UPC, where she leads a team of 30 multi-disciplinary researchers. Her research has resulted in relevant contributions to the development of new biomaterials for bone regeneration, bone tissue engineering and controlled drug release. Her focus is on the processing and characterization of a new generation of biomimetic calcium phosphates, which imitate the extracellular matrix of bones. Furthermore, she explores new strategies of biofabrication, including injectable cements and foams, scaffolds for tissue engineering, bioinspired substrates and 3D printing of implants for regenerative medicine. She is author of more than 190 articles in peer-reviewed indexed international journals and 220 contributions to international congresses, in addition to having edited three books and authored 16 book chapters. She has been visiting professor in several Universities, such as Dankook University (Korea) and University of Minnesota (United States) and has imparted more than 40 invited lectures in international Congresses. She is actively involved in translational research to the clinics and industry, being the inventor of 10 patents. In 2013, she co-founded the spin-off company Mimetis Biomaterials. She is member of the editorial board of Acta Biomaterialia, Tissue Engineering and the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. In 2013, she received the Racquel LeGeros Award by the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine for her contribution to the research in calcium phosphate biomaterials.
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Her Story

I chose to balance my life by taking a position in administration early in my academic career, at the time of my first son’s birth. As one of a few women dentist faculty at the institution, the role required me to “lean in” and assume new responsibilities when the demands of becoming a new mother were also new to me. I began a journey to become more self-aware of my potential to vision change. Leadership training and a network of incredible colleagues have informed my perspectives and passion for change. The fulfillment I experienced from working with faculty to innovate, create programs, and shift long-standing institutional priorities, has led to great professional satisfaction. My family has given me the resilience for the journey. After having had the privilege of serving as a dental dean for over a decade, my excitement is seeing the spark to change ignite in others.

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Denise Kassebaum, D.D.S., M.S., is Dean of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) and Professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences. She earned her D.D.S. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and her M.S. in Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Kassebaum completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) fellowship and was a member of the inaugural class of the ADEA Leadership Institute. At CU SD<, she leads the Frontier Center Project dedicated to interprofessional education, and the Heroes Clinic Project that provides innovative dental care pathways to serve veterans. Dr. Kassebaum has served as Chair of the Administrative Board of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Council of Deans, and she presently chairs the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education 2.0. She recently completed a term as commissioner on the Commission on Dental Accreditation and served on the American Dental Association/ADEA Task Force to Assess Readiness to Practice.
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Her Story

For me it all started at a Hawkeyes football game in Iowa City. A friend, Dr. Eva Dahl, yelled at me from many rows away: “Would you like to join the American Association of Women Dentists”? Well, I did and found an amazing group of “women supporting women”. In those early years, we did everything we could to highlight women’s accomplishments in dentistry and oral health care. This led to being noticed by my ADA Trustee, Dr. Richard Schoessler, and appointed to the ADA’s Commission on the Young Professional. After many assignments and appointments, I’m now President of the FDI World Dental Federation. If not for “women helping women,” I wouldn’t have had the career I have had, nor the amazing experiences, and would have missed out on wonderful friends and colleagues from around the globe. Thank you, Eva Dahl, and all the other amazing people I’ve met on this journey.

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Kathryn Kell, D.D.S., M.H.C.A., is a general dentist in private practice in Davenport, IA. She received her dental degree from the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry in 1979 and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from St. Ambrose University in 1999. Dr. Kell is currently the President of FDI World Dental Federation and a member of the FDI Executive Committee. Previously she was FDI Treasurer, Council Member, and Chair of the FDI’s Congress and Education Committee. In 2008, she completed her term as the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Tenth District Trustee, serving on the ADA governing board and multiple ADA committees. In 2008 she continued as the Chair of the ADA’s Committee on International Programs and Development and the Chair of the ADA Monitoring Committee for the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Other past offices include President of the Davenport District and President of the Iowa Dental Association. She received the Iowa Dental Association’s Outstanding Service Award and their Distinguished Service Award. She is a member of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, Pierre Fauchard Academy, American Association of Health Care Executives and Delta Mu Delta Honorary Society. Dr. Kell received the ADA President’s Award in 2008 and the Pierre Fauchard Academy of Iowa’s Outstanding Service to Dentistry Award. SHe is a Past-President of the American Association of Women Dentists, and in 2007 she received the AAWD Lucy Hobbs Taylor Woman Dentist of the Year Award. She received the Distinguished Service Award, the Outstanding Service Award, and Presidents Award from the Iowa Dental Association. She also served as the President of the University of Iowa’s Dental Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of the University of Iowa’s Dental College, receiving the Alumna of the Year Award in 2012.
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Her Story

Soon after I completed my doctorate in dental studies in France, I had to make a career choice: to be a private practitioner or academia. I chose the longer option of academia. While less rewarding from a financial perspective and more demanding at the same time, it opened up a space of knowledge and personal development through preparing and presenting papers through Africa and Europe. The award of a Fulbright scholarship led me to working in a full English environment in California while taking care of my two-year-old daughter in a day care center across town. It was a revealing experience in culture shock and it taught me resilience away from my comfort zone. Serving as the first woman Dean of the only school of dentistry challenges me with leadership issues every day, and has sharpened my confidence and contributions beyond the university sphere.

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Yolande Gnagne Koffi, D.D.S., is Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics, Dean of the Abidjan School of Dentistry and Stomatology in Côte d’Ivoire since 2010, and FDI CEO of continuing education for Africa. She started her dental studies at the University of Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire and graduated in Bordeaux, France, in 1986. She also post-graduated in oral biology and dental public health and forensic dentistry at the University of Bordeaux. Then in Toulouse, she received a certificate in Operative Dentistry and Endodontics from Paul Sabatier School of Dentistry. She also received a Ph.D. in Odonto-Stomatology in 1996. Over the last decade, Dr. Koffi has held several full-time academic and administrative positions, including as Fulbright research fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry in theOral biology department (1996-1997); Assistant Professor, Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics, Abidjan; Vice Dean in charge of research, cooperation and student matters of the Abidjan School of Dentistry (2001-2003); Clinical Director of the dental clinic of the Abidjan School of Dentistry (2003); and Head of the Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics since 2009. She has authored and co-authored over 40 publications. She lectures nationally and internationally on adapting dental care to population need, cariology, non-carious lesions, esthetic dentistry, non- and minimally invasive dentistry, new devices and good dental practice in endodontics. She is a member of international, regional and national scientific societies and colleges. She is currently a leader impact member of the Cercle of Abidjan for the transformation of Abidjan.
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Her Story

I chose to balance my life by coming back to Cambodia and taking the position as the youngest Vice Dean at the Faculty of Dentistry, International University (IU) right after I graduated with a master’s degree in dental science (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) from Seoul National University. Without knowing how, I used every challenge and opportunity to learn and grow. Professional challenges I encountered helped me to grow my passion in dental education and leadership, build friendships with students and network with other dental colleagues, both locally and internationally. I took on another big challenge out of my comfort zone by taking part in the Cambodian Dental Association as President. As a very junior leader, I learned to have fierce determination, yet be humble and supportive to achieve the best for the Association and Cambodian dentistry. My experiences have helped me to grow more positive and keep focusing on moving forward.

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Dr. Kor Hok Sim, D.D.S., M.S., is Vice Dean and Head of Faculty Dental Clinic at the Faculty of Dentistry, International University (IU), Cambodia. She received her D.D.S. in Cambodia in 2010 and her master’s degree in Dental Science from Seoul National University in 2013. She was trained in the department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Seoul National University Dental Hospital, Republic of Korea. Right after she returned from Korea, she was offered the position of Vice Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at IU. Dr. Kor is a lecturer, clinical tutor, research and thesis supervisor, and postgraduate course coordinator at the university and was promoted to Head of Faculty Dental Clinic of IU in 2016. Since 2015, Dr. Kor has been serving as a member of Cambodian National Curriculum Review, working on the revised curriculum for D.D.S., postgraduate master of Orthodontics, of Endodontics, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Kor is a board member of Cambodian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and was appointed to Cambodian Councilor of the Asian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in 2015. In the same year, she was elected as the President of the Cambodian Dental Association (CDA) and officially served in this position from 2017 to 2019. Presently, she is the immediate past president of CDA. She was a co-founder and board member of the Cambodian Society of Endodontology from 2016 to 2018. Dr. Kor is the advisor of the Cambodian Dental Student Association and Cambodian Dental Assistant Association.
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Her Story

I chose to balance life and set meaningful priorities when I decided to put my instructional design doctoral studies on hold and follow my husband when he was in medical school after he had a near-death accident. It was this choice that catapulted my career into medical and dental education. With three boys under the age of five and a husband in a demanding residency program, I had to seek creative opportunities through medical education consulting projects and positions to continue to grow and develop in my field. Not only did I have to find and create the need for my skills, but I also had to prove my value as an educator in the health professions without a clinical background. These experiences have helped me define and refine who I am professionally, navigate an untraditional career path and have allowed me to work with many visionary and progressive leaders. I have come full circle and I am now finishing that doctorate degree ... almost 25 years later!

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Michelle M. Krupp, M.S., is the Director of Education Development at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics (UI COD). In this role, she provides programmatic expertise and evaluation of the curriculum to ensure student success. Her professional work has centered on improving curriculum and assessment; developing, refining and increasing educational outcomes, and aligning curriculum with accreditation standards and competencies. Her extensive experience in medical and dental education expands through Radiation Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Dental Administration. Ms. Krupp has developed curriculum and evaluation schemas for new start-up programs, such as a Sports Medicine fellowship, Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency, and Performance-Based Assessment Center. Ms. Krupp earned a master’s degree in organizational communication with an emphasis in instructional design from Illinois State University. She is currently working on her doctorate in Education and Leadership in Healthcare from Nebraska Methodist College, from which she plans to graduate in August 2019. Her doctoral research involves developing a self-assessment tool framed in competencies for academic dentists to substantiate faculty development efforts. Ms. Krupp was recently selected and recognized as the Ambassador for UI COD and was nominated and selected to participate in The University of Iowa leadership program (UI LEAD) in 2016. Association memberships include ADEA, American Evaluation Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges – Central Group on Educational Affairs.
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Her Story

I chose to balance life by celebrating each day, working on my wellness and career. A year after earning my D.M.D., I started my academic pathway and marriage. I was chosen to implement and direct the first expanded functions dental auxiliary program in Granada and all of Southern Spain. Being recently married, my husband quit his job and accompanied me in this life-changing experience. I learned that I am passionate for my career and the leadership and learning opportunities it brings. In retrospect, every turning point in my career has been accompanied by a learning experience. I embrace the importance of family support, friends and mentors, accepting opportunities, hard work and the satisfaction of helping others. My son and family taught me the need to be courageous, perseverant, strong, humble, bold, empathetic and grateful. Life has brought tough challenges from which I’ve learned how strong and resilient I can be.

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Ana N. López Fuentes, D.M.D., M.P.H., FACD, FICD; is a tenured Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine (UPR SDM) in the Community Dentistry Section. She is President of Infection Control and Quality Assurance Committees and was Dean of UPR SDM from 2014-2018. She is the Co-Chair of ADEA’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, a UPR SDM’s ADEA Women Liaison Officer since 2006, a member of ADEA’s International Women Leadership Conference Planning Committee and a member of ADEA’s Annual Session Planning Committee. She also serves as Co-chair of the WLO Revitalization and Restructuring group, an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), and as a faculty advisor to the HDA and the American Association of Women Dentists student chapters. She is faculty representative for the Medical Sciences Campus Academic Senate. Dr. López Fuentes has served as the Curriculum Director, Community Dentistry Section Chief, and Executive Associate Dean of UPR SDM. At the university level, she has been a member of the Academic Senate, represented the Medical Sciences Campus at the President’s Board ,and was elected Executive Secretary of the President’s Board (2013). She implemented and directed the first dental assisting program at the University of Granada, Spain. Dr. López Fuentes is an alumni of several leadership programs, including ADEA’s Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders, the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM), and the Bell Leadership Institute. As Dean of UPR SDM, she was instrumental in amending the local dental law, implementing the electronic health record, gaining approval for the Periodontics Graduate program, and was first Dean of UPR SDM to be elected to ADEA’s Council of Deans Administrative Board. She received a 2018 Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Citation for significant contributions to dental education. This citation recognized her outstanding leadership while Dean of the dental school after hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico—maintaining the school’s accreditation, keeping it open, and helping affected communities, thanks to donations from the academic community.
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I chose to balance my life by seeking and nurturing professional relationships beyond the profession of dentistry and taking daily moments to reflect and appreciate life’s goodness. Seeking relationships beyond my immediate professional world lends opportunities to learn something different from different professionals as well as appreciate the often under-recognized similarities in challenges. There is vast potential for synergy and innovation when we look beyond our immediate world. Reflection adds balance to my life because it allows me to consciously validate my experiences, both good and bad, my personal and professional relationships, and to identify areas where I may need to give additional attention and focus. It’s easy and can be done anywhere and anytime. It creates the space to see challenges as opportunities, barriers as growth, and problems as the portal for creativity.

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Melanie E. Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM, is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and the Division Head of Practice Essentials and Interprofessional Education at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (UDM SOD). Prior to the dissolution of the school’s departments, Dr. Mayberry was the Chairman of the Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care. She is the Vice President of the School of Dentistry Faculty Assembly Governance. She also founded and is the Director of Urban Impressions, A Youth Initiative, which is a middle school aged health professions mentoring program, now in its 11th year. She was the previous Chair of the executive board of the ADEA Leadership Institute Alumni Association and is Chair-elect of the ADEA Special Interest Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care. Dr. Mayberry is a member of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Perinatal Oral Health Education Taskforce and the Interprofessional Education Taskforce. She is the co-developer of a grant-funded teaching, training and education program that integrates oral health into obstetrics practice. Dr. Mayberry received Fellowship status from the Academy of General Dentistry and was inducted into the Pierre Fauchard International Honor Dental Academy. She maintains a part-time private practice and has a strong interest in interprofessional education and collaborative care and co-led the partnership of two major medical schools in the Michigan area with the UDM SOD. Dr. Mayberry is a graduate of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. She completed a General Practice Residency in Hospital Dentistry at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and received her master’s degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University.
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I chose to balance my life by committing myself to eating healthy, exercising, getting adequate sleep, and practicing self-compassion. I have let go of worldly possessions and relationships that were crowding my life, and instead focused on nurturing positive relationships in the personal and professional spheres of my life. Practicing self-forgiveness has allowed me to become a more resilient person and more forgiving of others. I have learned that investing in self-care is not selfish, but instead a necessity. My life choices are now more intentional and focused, allowing me to be a more patient, self-efficacious, relatable, and flexible leader. I have learned that life is about the journey, not the destination. And for me, a meaningful journey includes personal health, personal growth, and the opportunity to have positive impact on those around me.

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Sophia Saeed, D.M.D. , is Professor and Residence and Department Chair of Clinical Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine (UNLV SOD). Dr. Saeed graduated from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, then pursued training in hospital dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She was recruited to the full-time faculty at UCSF, where she served in various capacities over the years. In December 2018, she began her current post at UNLV SOD. Dr. Saeed has received numerous local and national teaching awards, and has further been honored by being inducted in to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society and the UCSF School of Medicine’s Academy for Medical Educators. Dr. Saeed also serves as a consultant for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and AAL. Her passion in life is having a positive impact on people around her.
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Lisa A. Tedesco, Ph.D., joined Emory University in May 2006 as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs – Graduate Studies and as Dean of the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies. Additionally, she is a Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Under Dr. Tedesco’s leadership, the Laney Graduate School is emphasizing opportunities for interdisciplinary study, career planning, broadened professional preparation, and inclusive community building. She has written and worked institutionally on matters related to curriculum change, inquiry-based learning and teaching, faculty development, and diversity. As a health psychologist, Dr. Tedesco is interested in how people think about and act to prevent illness and promote well-being. Her research has focused on cognitive-behavioral enhancement of oral health status, relapse prevention and stress, coping and oral disease. Dr. Tedesco earned her doctorate in educational psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Prior to joining Emory, she was a Professor and Associate Dean in the at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and also served as Vice-President and Secretary of the University and as Interim Provost.
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I chose to balance my life by moving my research focus from clinical dentistry to dental public health. I carved a professional pathway of collaborative research, making partners along the way who have provided mentorship, life coaching, and leadership skills. I expanded my networks within the United States and across continents that led to incredible opportunities for research and dissemination. My research has enabled me to meet new people, experience new cultures, and travel to several places that have helped me to grow both personally and professionally. I wove my passion for women’s issue into my leadership work, which has enabled me to increase the visibility of women in dental research. Overall, my experiences have helped to build resilience, develop strategies for work-life balance and, most of all, enjoy my work!

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Tamanna Tiwari, M.P.H., M.D.S., B.D.S. , is a dentist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health and Associate Director, Center for Oral Disease Prevention and Population Health Research at the Unversity of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She obtained a master’s degree in public health in global health leadership from New York University. Dr. Tiwari is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute to conduct research to reduce oral health inequalities in children in Colorado. Recently, she received the Colgate Award for Research Excellence. She is a member of the American (International) Association for Dental Research and the American Public Health Association and is an elected officer at both the organizations. She is the immediate past president and councilor for the IADR’s Women in Science Network. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and has presented her research at several national and international conferences.