Leadership Institute

"Leaders grow - they are not made"—Peter F. Drucker 

Progress comes from doing things differently than they've been done before, pushing yourself to explore new ways to get things done. It requires thinking outside of the box.


The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is happy to offer members the Leadership Institute Program as a means to cultivate future leaders and broaden our volunteer base with leaders who can propel the MDS into the future. Participants will acquire important leadership skills that will prepare them to:

  • Think outside of the box on programs and activities
  • Run effective meetings
  • Motivate and inspire others to participate
  • Understand and articulate to others the major legislative issues impacting the dental profession
 The program is limited to 16 dentists and two dental students. Upon completion, participants will receive a $500 stipend.
Past Participants

Romesh Nalliah, DMD
Cherie Bishop, DMD
Margaret Errante, DDS
Benjamin Falk, DDS
Jo-Ann Foley, DDS
Paula K. Friedman, DDS
David M. Kim, DDS
Abol Massih Tehrani, DMD
Mario Abdennour, DMD
Robert Leland, DMD
Raymond Martin, DDS
Charlene Pirner, DMD
Kristine Seibel, DMD
Edward Swiderski, DDS
Thomas Trowbridge, DDS, MD

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Program Details

Participants will learn valuable leadership skills from prominent national speakers over the course of four half-day training sessions per year, one evening team-building program and one evening project meeting.

Some of the speakers include Robin Wright and Mark Levin, and topics include "Understanding Your Leadership Style," "Getting Volunteers to Step Up Their Commitment," and "Success in Communications."

All participants are required to attend the following:  

Four Half-day Wednesday Meetings

The following meeting will be held at the MDS headquarters in Southborough from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 16, 2015
  • October 21, 2015
  • February 10, 2016
  • March 9, 2016

Special Team-Building Evening Program

The team-building program will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Location to be determined. 

  • November 18, 2015

Ad Hoc Committee

Upon completion of the first year, participants will be required to serve on a special Ad Hoc Committee. You will have the opportunity to decide on the committee's focus and its effects on the profession. There will be a kick-off meeting held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the MDS Headquarters in Southborough.


Leadership Institute 2015-2017
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Qualifications and Selection Process

To qualify for the Leadership Institute, participants must commit to attend four half-day meetings and two evening events. In addition, upon completion of the Institute, participants are required to serve on a special one-year Ad Hoc project committee. The focus of this committee will be determined by leadership participants.

To apply, each candidate must submit the following:

  • Completed Leadership Institute application, with current CV
  • A paragraph explaining what they hope to gain from the Institute
  • A listing of any significant contributions to the profession,
    community, and/or organized dentistry
  • Two references (optional)

The Membership Committee reviews and selects participants for the Leadership Institute. Selected candidates are contacted by June and the program begins in September.

Note: Although volunteering for organized dentistry is not necessary, nominees must be current MDS members.

Applications for the Leadership Institute are currently closed and will open in April 2016.

Applications are currently closed.


Do you know someone who would make a great candidate for the MDS Leadership Institute? Complete an online form and the MDS will follow-up with the potential candidate.

Referrals for the Leadership Institute is currently closed.



Looking to Volunteer?

Volunteer OppsMatching your talents, interests, and experience to volunteer opportunities is vital. And the MDS has worked hard to create opportunities and volunteer training programs that ensure your success.

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