This special event is made possible through a generous sponsorship from ACCLEAN® by Henry Schein®.

Step up your game and give your career that extra bit of polish it deserves! Level up your leadership skills and feel empowered to approach your work collaboratively, communicate effectively and positively influence your routine and those around you.

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ADHA Members $175
Nonmembers $225

March 23, 2024
9:00 am – 4:45 pm Central Time
Up to 6.5 Live CE Credits
Course Recording Included

Attend the live virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit for a full day packed with enhanced leadership training specific to dental hygienists. Get ready to sharpen your leadership toolkit and apply what you learn to your daily experiences. Plan to flex your new leadership skills and find the potential you have simmering inside as you learn about yourself and understand how to positively influence and constructively communicate with your team.

Subject to Change. Sessions listed in Central Time.

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
ADHA President Becky Smith & Henry Schein Representative

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM | 0.75 CE
Fostering Creativity and Innovation
Gabrielle Linzer (Henry Schein)

10:05 AM – 10:50 AM | 0.75 CE
Effective Workplace Communication: Building Relationships Through Core Values
Kelly Merbler

— A.M. BREAK, 10:50 AM – 11:00 AM —

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | 0.75 CE
Authentic Negotiation: Confidently Achieving Your Career Goals
Kelly Merbler

11:50 AM – 12:35 PM | 0.75 CE
Critical Thinking and Decision-Making
Joelene Weter (Henry Schein)


1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | 0.75 CE
Building Dynamic Teams
Joelene Weter (Henry Schein)

2:05 PM – 2:50 PM | .75 CE
Problem-Solving & Conflict Resolution
Tiffany Howerton (Heartland Dental)

— P.M. BREAK, 2:50 PM – 3:00 PM —

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM | .75 CE
Career Pathway Development
Panel Discussion, Part 1
• Clinician: Mandy Dennis
• Entrepreneur: Tiffany Cavazos
• DSO: Sutton Mitchell (Heartland Dental)

3:50 PM – 4:35 PM | .75 CE
Career Pathway Development
Panel Discussion, Part 2
• Research: Denise Claiborne
• Education: Sarah Jackson
• Public Health: Tonia Tolbert Baillargeon

4:35 PM – 4:45 PM | .50 CE
Summary and Closing Remarks
Kelly Tanner (ADHA Leadership Development Committee)

Up to 6.5 Live CE Credits*

* State stipulations on live CE change occasionally. Check with your state for specific guidelines.

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Aspire to positions of greater responsibility and leadership.
Don’t blend in, stand out! Leadership is essential to career development and growth. Learn how leaders apply critical thinking to find solutions to problems, master negotiation and discover how to uncover opportunities for positive impact, innovation and career path development.

Unlock the leader within to live the leadership life!
Expect a dynamic mix of eye-opening expert presentations and lively panel discussions that actually make you want to participate in this valuable learning experience. You’ll internalize what you’re learning and walk away inspired and equipped to confidently apply what you take away from this course. This is your steppingstone to new approaches, insights and real skills for the real world that you can use right away in your daily routine to effectively lead with inspiration, creativity and action.

A course recording will be made available to all registrants after the event concludes.

Look forward to expert-led sessions on:


The Art of Negotiation

Fostering Creativity and Innovation

Critical Thinking and Decision Making


Building Dynamic Teams

Problem Solving & Conflict Resolution

Career Pathway Development

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Featured Summit Speakers

Mandy Dennis, RDH HeadshotMandy Dennis, RDH

Tiffany Howerton Tiffany Howerton, RDH, BSDH

Sarah JacksonSarah Jackson, RDH, MSDH

Gabrielle LinzerGabrielle Linzer

Denise Claiborne HeadshotDenise McKinney, PhD, RDH

Kelly Merbler

Sutton MitchellSutton Mitchell, RDH

Kelly TannerKelly Tanner, PhD, RDH

Tonia Tolbert-Moore BaillargeonTonia Tolbert-Moore Baillargeon, MBA, MHA, BSDH, RDH
President, National Dental Hygienists’ Association

Joelene Weter, RDHJoelene Weter, RDH

Tiffany Wuebben, RDHTiffany Wuebben, RDH

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate clear communication approaches that improve professional relationships
  2. Analyze negotiation skills that lead to success
  3. Foster dynamic teams
  4. Utilize critical thinking and decision making to solve problems and create opportunities
  5. Foster creativity and innovation in the workplace
  6. Utilize strategies of The Prepared Leader to prepare for and manage crises