The Dugoni Practical Leadership Initiative Wants You!


We're excited to announce the launch of the Dugoni Practical Leadership Initiative. Dentists are leaders whether they choose to be or not. The DPLI has been created to provide additional learning opportunities and practical leadership skills. We'll explore three themes: yourself as a leader, leadership of a team, and leadership of a community.

Throughout the course of the year, DPLI will host one session per month. The six-session series will focus on topics such as business management, joining a community as a new dentist, motivating staff and colleagues, and other leadership-centered topics. The initiative will include guest speakers, small group discussions and a mentorship program.

Interested? Contact Dan Hammer at or Jonathan Gluck at

In order to fulfill the requirements of participation, the first DPLI meeting on Nov. 10 is mandatory for all participants. Following that night, students must attend three of the next five sessions to successfully complete the program. Events will be held in the evening after school and clinic hours, aproximately 5:30 to 7:30pm. At the end of the year, there will be a celebration event for participants. We hope to see you at the events!

November 10, 2010
Personal Preferences in Leadership: How does your personality affect those you lead?

Everyone is different. We have different ways of communicating, managing change, and leading others. Understanding your personality is an excellent tool to develop yourself as a leader of your team.

December 1, 2010
Dental Business Management 101
Dental school teaches us how to diagnose, restore, prevent, and maintain. But it doesn’t teach us much about hiring, firing, marketing, and managing. These things will occupy a lot of your time in practice.

January 26, 2011
Joining a Community as a New Dentist: Where do you start?
So you’ve graduated from Pacific, packed your things, and are ready to start a new job in a new place. Most likely, there are already dentists and doctors in the community. How can you meet them, earn their trust, and learn from them?

February 16, 2011
Escaping the Dental School Vortex: Where do you see yourself in the future?
Sometimes, dental school is an all-encompassing 24/7 experience where the days, weeks, and months go by in an instant. But the future is not far off and it’s up to you to decide what it brings. Make a plan for what you want. Think about it every once in a while. Pursue it.

March 1, 2011
Motivating Your Team to Achieve Their Greatest Potential
Your team is only as strong as its weakest link. It’s up to you to turn your weakest link into your strongest ally.

April 13, 2011
Experience Leadership
There are a lot of different things to do with a DDS: Private Practice, Education, Research, Public Health, Community Dentistry, etc. What do you want to do with yours? Spend time outside of school with a dental professional specializing in your area of interest and learn how to get involved.

DPLI Speaker Series Dates:
November 16, 2010
DPLI Speaker Series: Yourself as a team leader.
January 19, 2011
DPLI Speaker Series: Yourself as a Community Leader
February 2, 2011
DPLI Speaker Series: Yourself as a Leader