How has ASDA helped you build your leadership skills?
My time as a leader has taught me how to approach meetings and planning more systematically. Between planning our larger scale conferences and smaller committee events, it has been essential to maintain detailed records and communicate effectively. It has been a trial-and-error process from which I have learned time and people management strategies that I will apply in the future.
What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader?
Delegating. Each person has their own unique strengths. A strong leader should recognize these qualities and support their team members in working on tasks that align with both their strengths and interests. By delegating, people can take ownership of different aspects of a project. Delegating is a way to show you value your team members and believe in their ability to succeed. There is no singular right way to do anything. By trusting your team they will work together more efficiently.
Why should members get involved with ASDA leadership positions?
Members should become involved in ASDA leadership positions to learn how to work with other healthcare professionals from different institutions and backgrounds. As District 3’s Director of Communications and PENN’s chapter President-Elect, I meet monthly with members of both the district and chapter cabinets which consist of students from five dental schools. Through meetings and conferences, I have learned a lot about navigating school and dentistry from students’ and dentists’ unique experience. ASDA leaders have more structured opportunities and support for forming these relationships.
What future leadership roles in organized denstiry interest you and why?
I hope to apply the knowledge and experience I’ve gained in my dual D.M.D-M.P.H program and research fellowship with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics to further organized dentistry’s mission of improving oral health on a national scale. I plan to pursue roles related to advocacy and public health. I want to work on offering solutions to governing bodies which value both the interests of dentists and communities.