LEAD: Leadership Exploration And Development Program

LEAD Participants

Starting January 2023

The MDA is excited to offer our members the Leadership Exploration And Development Program (LEAD). This comprehensive, 12-month program is designed to build personal leadership skills through immersion experiences within organized dentistry. Participants will receive a thorough orientation to aspects of the ADA and MDA networks through a blend of group, team, and individual activities.

Click the link below to view an example of LEAD activities.

What is LEAD?

  • Lead 6.0A 12-month program to develop future leaders.
  • Designed to allow member participants to experience the MDA’s many facets.
  • Develops and enhances leadership and volunteering skills.
  • Participants will experience various conferences, committee meetings, workshops, team and individual projects, and a trip to ADA headquarters with expenses paid.

It takes time to develop as a leader. As a participant, you’ll make a monthly time investment through this year-long program. It’s time well spent when you consider the impact you can have on your future and your profession.

LEAD Candidate Criteria

A maximum of eight applicants will be chosen to participate. Candidates will complete the online application below and be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Must be an MDA member in good standing.
  • A written paragraph that addresses why are you interested in participating in the MDA’s LEAD program.
  • Two endorsements by fellow MDA members, business professionals, clergy or similar.
  • A complete and current resume or CV.

No previous volunteer experience required. Stipends and sponsorships will be provided to ensure participating is essentially a no-cost experience.

Applications are due by Nov. 28, 2022.

To learn more, contact Angie Kanazeh, MDA director of membership, at 517-346-9415.


I feel so fulfilled by knowing amazing people in my life who are pushing me to do greater things and are there to assist me along the way. We cannot do anything by ourselves, and it is really a community effort to make us the “best” person. I am thankful for the opportunity to foster these relationships, and I am looking forward to continue to do so at future meetings.

— Dr. Jessica Lambert

Volunteering and membership are vital to the power of organized dentistry, I am involved and volunteer so our group, the MDA, remains the voice of the experts in dentistry to the public and our government officials. We talk a lot about the value of membership and there are definitely many tangible financial benefits, but some of the most powerful benefits are difficult to quantify. Through volunteering and the LEAD program I have met new friends, and colleagues that would not have otherwise been in my professional circle.

— Dr. Samuel Blanchard

It was rewarding to meet truly inspiring individuals that I would have probably not had the chance to meet. It’s encouraging to know that there is lots of room for growth in this track and we have a chance to become powerful voices in this and/or related organizations. I am grateful to have the opportunity through LEAD to attend the Annual Session and the upcoming meetings that are exposing me to individuals that I would otherwise have missed out on.

— Dr. Anantpreet Grewal

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