MDA Leadership Forum

Lead … Support … Inspire

The 2022 MDA Leadership Forum will be held Friday, Sept. 30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lansing. This all day event is FREE to attend for member dentists, dental students, affiliate boards, and tripartite staff.

Whether you’re a current volunteer leader, would like to get more involved in organized dentistry, or just want to build your personal leadership skills, the MDA Leadership forum is for you! Join us for this FREE event courtesy of the Michigan Dental Association. You’ll be inspired by insightful sessions and expert speakers, including Dr. Chelsea Fosse, senior health policy analyst of the ADA Health Policy Institute. The Leadership Forum includes a customizable education schedule allowing you to choose the courses that you’re personally interested in attending while earning continuing education credits. Receive an up-to-the-minute update on legislative issues affecting dentistry and weigh in on key issues in the profession and in organized dentistry. Plus, an opportunity to participate in a Hot Topic discussion about organized dentistry. All for $0, but participation is limited, so register today!

The Leadership Forum offers 5.25 hours of CE credit. NOTE: Be sure to check all general session boxes on your registration form to receive your full CE credit.

The Michigan Dental Association is an ADA CERP provider and is also recognized by the AGD for FAGD.


Leadership Forum participation is limited to member dentists, dental students, affiliate boards, and tripartite staff. Deadline is Sept. 16, 2022.



Crowne Plaza Hotel
925 S. Creyts Road
Lansing, MI 48917

  • Room Rate: $149/night
  • Group Code: MDL
  • Cutoff date for group rate is Sept. 8, 2022.


Leadership Forum Agenda

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.


8:45 – 9 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Vince Benivegna, DDS
Dr. Vincent Benivegna
2022-23 MDA President

9 – 9:15 a.m.

Legislative Update

Bill Sullivan, JDBill Sullivan, JD
MDA Vice President, Advocacy and Professional Affairs

Neema Katibai, JDNeema Katibai, JD
MDA Manager, Government and Insurance Affairs

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Morning Keynote | The Outlook for Dentistry

Chelsea Fosse, DMDChelsea Fosse, DMD, MPH
Senior Health Policy Analyst, ADA Health Policy Institute


What trends are driving dentistry in 2022? How is the dentist workforce changing? What have we learned about dentistry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic? With roughly half the population not regularly visiting a dentist, how can we get more people into dental care? Join Chelsea Fosse from the ADA Health Policy Institute for this update and discussion on what we can expect from dentistry as we look to the future.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Understanding Leadership Workshops #1 (choose one)

What Makes a Strong Positive Culture (and How to Get There!)

Phil Zeller, MBAPhil Zeller, MBA
Personal/Team Development Trainer


Dale Carnegie found that people support a world they help create. In 2021 we witnessed the great resignation as people left their jobs to find more of something elsewhere. In this session we’ll dig into the three perspectives of creating a successful culture in which your people will thrive! Why would they go anywhere else?

Time Management for Busy People

Randy Dean, MBA

Randy Dean, MBA
Time Management Expert


As a leader or owner of a busy practice, as well as a person likely involved with outside commitments with both your family and your professional/volunteer/service groups, finding the time to “make it all fit” can definitely be a challenge. And, in an age of increasing interruptions, distractions, and e-distractions, without solid strategies, habits, and rituals, it is very easy to fall behind and get overwhelmed. In this overview session of key personal and professional time management and productivity strategies, we’ll discuss the key techniques for a more focused, less frenetic, and more directed professional and personal life. And you’ll learn that these techniques can work on just about any productivity platform, from paper to “the cloud.”

Panel Discussion: Building a Leadership Pipeline

Todd Christy, DDSTodd Christy, DDS


Having an adequate number of engaged, committed members interested in volunteer leadership is critical for the success of any association! But it can be challenging to build the leadership pipeline to meet local dental society needs today and in the future. This panel session, moderated by MDA Speaker Todd Christy, will explore that challenge, addressing common barriers to volunteerism and opportunities to improve your volunteer experience, create alternatives to engage more members in leadership, and build a thriving pipeline for tomorrow.

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Inclusion Panel

Joanne Dawley, DDSDr. Joanne Dawley


The MDA has a formal definition for diversity — diversity addresses many dimensions, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical abilities/qualities, sexual orientation, religious and ideological beliefs, professional practice choices and personal lifestyle preferences. We also say that we wish to model diversity and inclusion in everything we do — but what do we mean when we talk about inclusion? Dr. Joanne Dawley, former MDA president, will moderate a diverse panel of MDA volunteer leaders in a discussion about the meaning of inclusion, what inclusion looks like in organized dentistry, and what barriers exist to a fully inclusive culture.

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Understanding Leadership Workshops #2 (choose one)

Start With Why — How Shared Values Facilitates Success

Debra Peters, DDSDr. Deb Peters
Former MDA President


As leaders of a team or organization, you understand what you stand for so that you may inspire others to join you in the journey for success. This session will combine concepts of values-based leadership and the practical application of developing a clear purpose for your team or organization.

Assess Your Emotional Intelligence

Phil Zeller, MBAPhil Zeller, MBA
Personal/Team Development Trainer


Dale Carnegie shared that when dealing with people we must realize they are emotional creatures. If you’ve ever found your logic falling on deaf ears and struggled getting buy-in, then this session is for you. Join us to learn the how we can more effectively get cooperation from other people by leveraging their emotions.

Membership Outreach at the Local Level

Autumn WolferAutumn Wolfer
Manager, ADA Dental Society Outreach


When multi-level organizations such as the ADA, MDA and local components can cohesively engage with one another, the impact on membership becomes exponential. One cannot engage members alone. But what are the important items individuals look for when making the decision to join your organization? How can you maximize best practices for recruitment and retention and implement them at the local level? How can you, as a leader, build an engaged coalition to help you champion the membership value message? Autumn will discuss these critical questions and share insights on how you can mobilize volunteers to champion local member growth.

3 – 4 p.m.

Hot Topics | Bring your ideas to share!

Karen Burgess, MBAKaren Burgess, MBA
MDA Executive Director


Bring your great ideas to share, initiatives that are working well for your component, or the topics that are a challenge – the Hot Topics discussion is a great place to learn from your colleagues at the local, state and national level. A short, pre-Forum survey via SurveyMonkey will give all attendees the opportunity to help create the agenda for this session, so watch your email box.

4 – 4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Vince Benivegna, DDSDr. Vincent Benivegna
2022-23 MDA President