Helping supported doctors advance their leadership skills has been a foundation of Heartland Dental since the beginning. The company continually offers a variety of courses aimed at that objective, and has made leadership education a priority through supporting the Doctor Mastery Program. Another key element of this focus has been the Bell Leadership Institute. Each year, Heartland Dental supported dentists have the opportunity to attend Bell Leadership courses to become better communicators and leaders through the teachings of Dr. Gerald Bell.
Recently, Dr. Rick Workman, founder and executive chairman of Heartland Dental, extended that educational outreach even further. Through a generous donation of over $100,000 to the ADEAGies Foundation, he is also helping seven dental school deans participate in Bell Leadership Institute’s 2017 Leader’s Roundtable. These individuals include Mert N. Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., M.H.S.A. – Dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, T. Gerard Bradley, B.D.S., M.S., Dr.Med.Dent. – Dean of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, David A. Felton, D.D.S., M.S. – Dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry, Carol A. Lefebvre, D.D.S., M.S. – Dean of the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, Dwight E. McLeod, D.D.S., M.S. – Dean of the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Michael S. Reddy, D.M.D., D.MSc. – Dean of the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry, and Dexter A. Woods, D.D.S. – Dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry.
“I’m extremely excited for these deans to have this opportunity to advance their leadership skills. I’m a firm believer in the Bell Leadership Institute. I’ve completed many of their courses and so much of the leadership skills I have found success with in my own career are a direct result of Dr. Bell’s teachings,” explained Dr. Workman. “So many Heartland Dental supported doctors and team members have benefited and I know these seven deans will take away invaluable knowledge that will help them lead their schools. And as dental school leaders, that’s so important. Today’s students are tomorrow’s dentists. If we can help give dental school leaders the means to impart the right leadership skills to dental students from the start, that will have a huge impact on what they can accomplish for themselves, their patients and this profession.”
The Leader’s Roundtable, held by Bell Leadership Institute, is an advanced leadership development program designed to assist CEOs, presidents and senior executives in becoming world-class leaders. The year-long Roundtable is personally led by Dr. Gerald Bell, a master teacher with over 40 years of successful, in-depth experience building leaders. During the course of The Leader’s Roundtable, Dr. Bell teaches participants how to build their personal leadership effectiveness and their company’s bottom line.
The William J. Gies Foundation was established as a private foundation in 1950 and was the first American foundation to support dental education and scholarship. In 2002, it joined with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) to form the ADEAGies Foundation. Dedicated to dental education, the works to enhance public oral health by funding programs that support innovations in dental education, research, leadership and recognition. Seeing a great opportunity to further the leadership skills of today’s dental school leaders, the foundation along with the assistance of Dr. Workman has made sending these seven deans to The Leader’s Roundtable a reality.
“For myself, I’m humbled and honored to work with the ADEAGies Foundation to make this opportunity happen. The Foundation does amazing work with every educational initiative and innovation they fund – this Leader’s Roundtable opportunity is just one example among many. They’re making this profession better, and I’m happy to help as much as I can,” added Dr. Workman.