Glidewell Dental’s Guiding Leaders program is designed to elevate women dentists to new levels of leadership. Over the course of a year, it will provide selected candidates with business-savvy training and professional development tools from top industry leaders, according to the company. Geared toward women dentists with more than five years of clinical experience, it will begin accepting online applications on January 2, 2019, for its launch next April.
“We’re honored and excited to provide this phenomenal opportunity for women in dentistry,” said Stephenie Goddard, executive vice president at Glidewell Dental. “We have been working diligently over the past year to establish an outstanding program that would cultivate a new generation of women leaders who want to become key influencers. Guiding Leaders creates this type of dynamic environment where women can learn, grow, and impact our industry together.”
The 12-month leadership development program combines monthly instructor-led and online courses covering a range of topics including emotional intelligence, goal setting, and practice management. Glidewell Dental developed the program after recognizing a need in dentistry for more women leaders, the company says.
“The dental landscape has shifted,” said Goddard. “Previously, women accounted for less than 5% of our industry. Now they comprise more than half of all graduating dentists. As a result, we designed a niche program tailored toward developing new leaders who are reflective of the current state of dentistry.”
Guiding Leaders provides a unique opportunity for women to not only successfully develop their leadership skills but also to simultaneously expand their professional network and even to mentor newer colleagues in the coming years, Glidewell Dental says.
“There’s a tremendous need for this type of resource. As dentists, we have several opportunities to advance our clinical training, but we also need practical information that equips and empowers us as influential leaders,” said Dr. Mayuri Kerr, clinical affairs manager at Glidewell Dental. “During my time in the dental profession, I have not encountered one industry-related program that offers formal training to develop women dentists in the areas of leadership, team-building, and communication skills.”
Guiding Leaders will launch in April of 2019 and conclude in April of 2020. Candidates must be residents of the United States during that timeframe. The application deadline is January 31, 2019.