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Speakers from the 2022 MDA Leadership Forum have made additional information available to attendees in this resource library, which include articles, videos, and other resources. Speakers are listed below in the order they presented at the Leadership Forum. NOTE: Not all speakers have provided additional information.

Morning Keynote | The Outlook for Dentistry

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

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Chelsea Fosse, DMD MPH, is a senior health policy analyst at the ADA Health Policy Institute. She graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and completed a general practice residency at Helen Hayes Hospital working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She obtained her Master’s in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and completed a dental public health residency at Jacobi Medical Center, NYC Health + Hospitals. At HPI, Fosse leads health policy analysis for critical issues related to Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and other public health issues. She is responsible for researching and analyzing policy changes that impact dentistry, oral health, and the broader health care landscape.

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

Phil Zeller, MBA
Personal/Team Development Trainer

Zeller

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Phil Zeller is owner and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training of Southwest Michigan. One of the top trainers and growth producers in the world for Dale Carnegie Training®. International speaker, entrepreneur, talk show host, and servant leader.

Time Management for Busy People

Randy Dean, MBA
Time Management Expert

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Randy Dean, “The E-mail Sanity Expert®” and author of the Amazon bestseller Taming the E-mail Beast, is a professional speaker and expert on time and e-mail management, effective organization, and the related use of technology. For more than 25 years, Dean has been leading programs for corporate, university, and association audiences. He has been featured on popular radio, TV, magazine, and blog programs, and is the creator of several streaming video self-study programs and live webinars. His highly entertaining programs leave audiences with immediately usable strategies and skills on how to better manage their time, e-mail, inputs, apps, and technology.

Panel Discussion: Building a Leadership Pipeline

Dr. Todd Christy
Moderator/MDA Speaker of the House

Christy

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As the current Speaker of the House of Delegates for the Michigan Dental Association, Dr. Todd Christy is very passionate about the mission they serve. The role has allowed him to channel his inner parliamentarian, mentor other dentists, and help the MDA improve dentistry in the state of Michigan and beyond. Dr. Christy is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Lakeland Valley Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy..

Inclusion Panel

Dr. Joanne Dawley
Moderator, Former MDA President

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Joanne Dawley, DDS, is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and currently runs her own practice in Michigan. She has been an active member of the American Dental Association at the national, state, and local levels for nearly 25 years. She is a former member of the ADA’s Council on Dental Practice. Dr. Dawley has served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the ADA House of Delegates since 2000 and chaired an ADA Reference Committee in 2009. She served as president of the Michigan Dental Association in 2008.

Start With Why — How Shared Values Facilitates Success

Dr. Debra Peters
Former MDA President

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Debra Peters, DDS, is the CEO of Rise 2 Thrive, which provides coaching and training services for individuals and groups with the desire to grow in all areas of leadership and personal development. As a dentist, she has experienced the trials and joys of leading a team in a small group practice. Service is one of her core values which she has lived out through many years of volunteering within civic and professional organizations. She served as president of the Michigan Dental Association in 2018-19 administrative year. Following her board service, Dr. Peters became certified in the John Maxwell method of coaching, speaking, and training. Today she enjoys partnering with others to enhance skills in areas of communication, leadership, and accountability.

Assess Your Emotional Intelligence

Phil Zeller, MBA
Personal/Team Development Trainer

Zeller

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Phil Zeller is owner and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training of Southwest Michigan. One of the top trainers and growth producers in the world for Dale Carnegie Training®. International speaker, entrepreneur, talk show host, and servant leader.

Membership Outreach at the Local Level

Autumn Wolfer
Manager, ADA Dental Society Outreach

Wolfer

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Autumn Wolfer has been with the American Dental Association for over four years where she serves as manager of the Dental Society Outreach in the Client Services Division. Her primary role at the ADA is to collaborate and strategize with state and local dental societies to help grow membership and assist with capacity challenges. One of the favorite parts of her job is working with the state and local dental societies on developing strategic plans and discussing innovative ideas on how to best implement them at their organization.

Hot Topic: The Next Generation Membership Challenge

April Kates-Ellison
ADA Chief Client Services and Tripartite Relations Officer

Kates-Ellison

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April Kates-Ellison is the chief client services and tripartite relations officer for the American Dental Association. She is responsible for the strategic account management and engagement of state and local dental societies, dental schools, ASDA, ADSO, large group practices, specialty dental societies, federal dental services, Diversity Summit Presidents Group, select councils and committees, and other key stakeholder groups. She holds a Master’s degree in public service management from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois. She also holds the Certified Association Executive credential through the American Society of Association Executives and is a current nominee for the Certified Diversity Executive Credential through the Institute for Diversity Certification.