Annual Conference

Road to the 94th Annual Conference

Laurie Hernandez

This year, ADHA is pulling out all the stops and adding a little sizzling star power to its lineup! On Saturday, June 17 at 8 a.m., grab your coffee and listen to Olympic gymnastics gold and silver medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Laurie Hernandez give an inspiriting keynote speech!

Known as the “human emoji” for her outgoing facial expressions and dazzling performances, Laurie has triumphed in the face of adversity. A second-generation American of Puerto Rican descent and the first U.S. born Latina to make the U.S. women's gymnastics Olympic team since 1984, Laurie had a devastating knee injury in 2014 that threatened to sideline her career. Despite her young age, she showed determination, persistence and resilience and returned stronger than ever by becoming the 2015 U.S. Junior National Champion and went on to bring home gold and silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Since returning from Rio, Laurie has been on a whirlwind adventure of speaking engagements, serving as a Crest® and Orgullosa ambassador by Procter & Gamble, and competing – and winning! – in “Dancing with the Stars.” She hasn’t had time to get her driver’s license or go on a first date, but she did publish her first book I Got This: To Gold and Beyond chronicling her journey recently hit the bookshelves.

Check out this interview Laurie did with Hoda Kotb on NBC News:



If you register before April 30th, you will be entered into a raffle to win the chance to meet Laurie, snap a selfie with her, and receive an autographed picture! Don’t pass up this chance and register today!

Taking place at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida from June 14 to 17, ADHA’s 94th Annual Conference offers opportunities for all dental hygienists to advance their professional and personal skills with 30 hands-on sessions, 26 unique seminars, short CE sessions, exhibits and social events. Sessions will be held for clinical practitioners, public health professionals, students, emerging professionals, educators and researchers. We hope to see you there!

Register for ADHA's 94th Annual Conference Today!