You’ve registered for the event, made travel arrangements and are counting the days until the kickoff arrives. If this is your first time attending ASDA’s National Leadership Conference, then get ready for a lifetime of memories.
Every year, ASDA’s National Leadership Conference brings together students who are eager to set their foundation as successful dental practitioners, health care leaders and future business owners. With educational programming on career planning, leadership fundamentals, personal development and wellness, chapter management and advocacy, students at every level of their dental school career are sure to leave the event with action items as well as long-term goals for success. ASDA alumni help plan the event through participation on the NLC Planning Committee. Here’s what 2018 alumni committee members are looking forward to most this year.
“Lights, Camera, ASDA!” was the theme of this year’s Annual Session, held Feb. 21-24 in Anaheim, California, at Disneyland. More than 600 dental and predental students attended the conference for the perfect weekend full of Disney magic and ASDA fever. As a predental attending the conference, I learned three valuable lessons from my time spent with fellow members in the shadow of Cinderella Castle.
In a few short weeks, ASDA representatives from across the country will meet at Annual Session to strategically plan for the future of the association. ASDA’s House of Delegates will convene to elect our national leaders and discuss timely student issues. It’s OK if you don’t know all of the ways to participate at this meeting. Here are some tips to help guide you.
When violinist and composer Kai Kight was in his last year of college, he started to envision the future he wanted for himself. His vision: to combine his musical talent and his background in innovation (he has an engineering degree from Stanford University’s d. school) and speak to companies around the world, using music as a metaphor to inspire creativity. To do this, Kight realized that he had to rethink how he spent the remainder of his time in school — he had to “create the sounds of tomorrow” in order to bring his unique idea to fruition.
Annual Session is packed with learning opportunities. The House of Delegates, breakout sessions, idea exchanges and the Dental Expo are sure to teach you a lot, but that’s just half of it. Connecting with new colleagues could be the greatest learning experience of all.
My first NLC was in 2012 – yes that one, the first one ever! And I am also lucky enough to remember why we created the ASDA National Leadership Conference. The conversation went like this, “what if we pooled all our resources together into one giant conference to create a like-no-other program for our members?” Abracadabra (and a lot of hard work) – the NLC experience was born!
Since then ASDA has presented five dynamic NLC’s to deliver, in my opinion, the highest leadership and personal development available for the dental student.
I am going to give you five more reasons to attend ASDA NLC 2017