In school, dental students receive in-depth training in the clinical aspects of dentistry. Upon graduation, they leave with the technical skills needed to be good dentists. However, the life skills they need to be successful managers, team leaders and business owners may not always be developed.

ASDA’s National Leadership Conference provides personal and professional development opportunities to dental students across all years. Attendees create customized schedules from over 45 breakout sessions for an individualized learning experience.


Attendees will also hear two keynote speakers, attend the Tech Expo and Dental Marketplace, learn how to get involved in ASDA at the national level and network with dental students and ASDA alumnae.

What can you expect out of your experience?
  • Connect with like-minded people through peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Get re-energized about your career and industry
  • Reflect on your ideal career path and how you can get there
  • Learn from content experts and high-caliber ASDA alumnae who understand where you are right now
  • Meet with potential employers and vendors at the Dental Marketplace
  • New! Explore the latest technology and clinical advancements in the industry at the Tech Expo

NLC is much more than a conference, it’s an immersive experience in your growth as a leader.

New! NLC Scholarships

Ready to invest in your personal and professional development? Applications are now open to fund five ASDA members to attend the 2022 National Leadership Conference. Learn more. 

Here’s what past attendees are saying:

I came to the NLC hoping to escape the stresses of dental school, and I left feeling more excited to return to school than I was on the first day of orientation! The speakers were so inspiring and made me realize that after I graduated from dental school I had the chance to turn my career into anything I wanted.

NLC was absolutely amazing. In three short days where I could have easily [been] studying for an exam I had on Monday, I decided to invest in my leadership skills, personal development and wellness- and feel as if I received all of that ten-fold. Will definitely be back!

The ASDA National Leadership Conference is consistently my favorite event of the year! The amazing opportunities for professional development, networking, and dental educational experiences is unmatched by any other conference I've ever attended!


Check out photos from NLC 2019 for a taste of what’s to come. You’ll experience educational sessions, the Tech Expo, networking events and more!