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ASDA's National Leadership Conference will help ensure that you're a well-rounded leader in the profession of dentistry. Download the 2014 schedule to see the type of sessions that are typically available. For session descriptions and speaker info, download the free mobile app. 

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There will be general sessions related to leadership skills for all attendees. Other information will be presented to smaller groups as part of the track programming. Choose to participate in one track or a variety of tracks based on your interests. You do not need to stick to a track - if you'd prefer to sample each, you can.

  • Career Planning: Everything you need to know about organized dentistry, presenting yourself professionally and putting together a CV

  • Business & Financial Leadership: Business lessons not taught in dental school, including personal finance and owning a practice, plus an overview of career options

  • Advocacy & Professional Issues: Basics on dental issues, plus tips for navigating politics, policies and professional relationships

  • Chapter Leadership & Management: Resources to help your chapter become more efficient and organized, plus ideas to recruit and engage your members

Opening & Closing General Session Speakers

Check back for more information on keynote speakers for 2015. Read more about the opening and closing general sessions from 2014 

Sample Attendee Experience

Before you arrive at NLC, think about how you can get the most out of the sessions. By splitting your chapter up, you can bring more back to your chapter. Here are some suggestions for different attendees from the 2014 sessions. These are just ideas... one of the best aspects of NLC is that you can pick and choose whatever sessions would personally benefit you the most. 



  • VIP (Very Important Predental) Workshop
  • How to Make the Right Connections
  • A Hands-on Lesson in CV Writing

First years:

  • What Would You Do? Ethics in Dental School
  • Your Role in Organized Dentistry
  • ASDA Policy Making: Putting Ideas into Action

Second years:

  • Five Financial Books Everyone Should Read Before Turning 30
  • Licensure101
  • Top 10 Tips for Recruiting and Engaging Members

Third years:

  • Evaluating Your Post-grad Options
  • You: Building Your Personal Brand
  • Building a Leadership Legacy

Fourth years:

  • How to Lead a Dental Team
  • How to Effectively Communicate with Your Patients
  • Marketing Your Practice on a Budget

All Members:

  • Debt Management for Dental Students
  • A Hands-on Lesson in CV Writing
  • How Dentistry's Hot Topics Impact Your Future
  • Tips from the Podium: Public Speaking

Earn CE credits from AGD for attending NLC

If you are an Academy of General Dentistry student member, you can earn up to 12.5 continuing education hours at NLC. ASDA is an approved PACE program provider by the AGD and many of the sessions at this conference apply towards your credit hours for the AGD Fellowship or Mastership awards. To earn credit, you will need to track which NLC sessions you attend by using forms provided by ASDA onsite. ASDA will send the completed forms to AGD after the event. If you have any questions about earning hours, please contact Meghan Keelean, senior manager, meetings and education at


E-mail Meghan Keelean, senior manager, meetings and education.

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