Sangita Murali, D18 Reflects on the Women’s Summit at Yankee!

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, dentists, dental office managers and students from Tufts, UNE and BU gathered together for an engaging Women’s Summit at Yankee Dental Congress.

Dr. Kendra Remington opened up the meeting by introducing an entertaining, dynamic duo Kimberly Miles, founder of Miles in Heels Productions, and Victoria Nessen, President of NKA Marketing. Kimberley and Victoria got us out of our seats and applying effective networking strategies they shared with us on topics ranging from how to recognize and eradicate ‘verbal gremlin’s,’ how to make others feel comfortable, how to make yourself memorable, and how to insert (or politely excuse!) yourself from a conversation. All topics were compelling and applicable! 

Next up was Dr. Mina Paul who gave a memorable talk on “Discovering the Hidden Leader Within You.” Dr. Paul has a way of relating to and engaging everyone in the room as she takes on many forms including the ‘accidental tourist’ whose studies, work and family moves her all over the country, to the working-mom who manages 3 kids, her job, and all tasks related to the home in what appears to be a “graceful balancing act.” Dr. Paul left us with some great wisdom including: pick and choose your interests, get involved in committees, councils, and task forces, and pay it forward as dental students and new dentists. Tufts’ students really enjoyed connecting with Dr. Paul after her presentation and before a wonderful luncheon and time to network with all the speakers and attendees.

During the luncheon, the speakers and dentists in attendance including Dr. Janis Moriarty (D’94), Dr. Cherie Bishop (D’94) and Dr. Kristine Grazioso mixed and mingled with the dental students sharing to-dos, not-to-dos, favorite books on professionalism, and opportunities for mentorship throughout the year. For students, this was one of our favorite aspects of the Summit. Also during the luncheon, Dr. Kathleen Bird talked about the Lucy Hobbs Project initiative and invited students to the Lucy Hobbs Project 5th Annual Celebration which will take place April 27-28, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. The Celebration will feature a panel discussion on the emerging leaders in dentistry and the female influence. For more info please email Sangita.Murali@tufts.edu

The afternoon session featured a panel of female movers and shakers in the field including: First District Trustee of the ADA Dr. Judith Fisch, immediate past ADA president Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, first vice president of the ADA Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazi, and Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the ADA Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin. The team presented general trends in dentistry and women in leadership, shared solutions to business issues, gave advice on how to maintain work-life balance and how to better understand budget and financials. We left with a more comprehensive understanding of practice management in the real world, how to tackle job interviews, how to negotiate contracts and how to be clear on where we want to be in five years.

From Tufts, Se Park (D20), Tabitha Lewis (D19), Jackie Liu (D19), Melody Chou (D19), Abby Manzella (D19), Tabitha Mohammed (D19), Mikenah Vega (D18), Holly Fadie (D18) and Sangita Murali (D18) attended the Women’s Summit and are thankful to the speakers and attendees who included us in all aspects of the day-long events and made our Yankee Dental weekend experience a truly memorable one. A big thank you to Dean Mary Jane Hanlon and Dorrey Powers of MDS who worked to create a student rate for the event — We look forward to next year’s Summit!