The NYU Dentistry Student Leadership Track


The Office of Student Affairs & Academic Support Services is dedicated to providing students at the NYU College of Dentistry with intensive leadership training through a series of interactive workshops within The NYU College of Dentistry Student Leadership Track.

This program seeks to equip dental students with the skills, tools, and leadership capacities to effectively lead their peers today, and the dental community into the future.

Deriving from the Leadership Capacities and Competencies developed by the NYU Leadership Initiative, the NYU Dentistry Student Leadership Track provides students the opportunity to explore personal strengths, think critically about how to lead others, develop techniques to facilitate interpersonal collaboration, and proactively envision and articulate a new future for the dentistry profession. The NYU Dentistry Student Leadership Track culminates in an opportunity for students to apply for the three-day off-site Leadership Retreat focused on advanced leadership theory and application. This leadership intensive challenges students through individual reflection and explores the impacts of leadership on the dentistry profession.

 

FALL 2021 / SPRING 2022 LEADERSHIP TRACK SESSIONS


 

October

Introduction to the NYU Dentistry Student Leadership Institute

Wednesday, October 13th
12:00pm – 12:50pm
*Open to D1 Students only.   

Presenters: Dr. Rick Valachovic, Dr. Karl Haden, Dr. Michael O’Connor, Dr. Staci Ripkey

  • Explain the purpose, content, and format of the Institute
  • Describe reasons for participating in the Institute


The Theory and Practice of Leadership

Wednesday, October 27th
Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Rick Valachovic

  • Identify basic approaches to and theories about leadership development
  • Assess one’s own approaches to developing as a leader


November

Values in Action (VIA) Character Strengths Assessment

Wednesday, November 10th
Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenters: Dr. Karl Haden and Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) staff

  • Assess one’s character strengths using a formal assessment
  • Discuss how a person applies their unique strengths as a student and a leader

    

If Aristotle Were CEO: An Introduction to Character-based Leadership

Wednesday, November 17th
Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Karl Haden

  • Explain the history and evolution of character-based leadership
  • Compare character-based leadership approaches with other theories
  • Define the concept of virtue

    

December

Are You a Wise Leader?
(Character-based Leadership: Wisdom)

Wednesday, December 8th
Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenters: Dr. Rick Valachovic and Dr. Karl Haden

  • Self-assess personal wisdom using the Jeste-Thomas Wisdom Index
  • Discuss how leaders use wisdom in decision making

    

Is There Room for Humility in Leadership?
(Character-based Leadership: Humility)

Wednesday, December 15th
Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Karl Haden

  • Discuss why humility is important to effective leadership
  • Describe how humility is related to the practice of empathy

     

January

Opportunities to Lead in Dentistry and Oral Health

Wednesday, January 12th
Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Rick Valachovic

  • Compare the opportunities associated with different career options for dentists
  • List an initial set of career goals

    

Application Process to the NYU Dentistry Student Leadership Institute

Wednesday, January 26th
12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Staci Ripkey

  • Identify reasons for participating in the Institute
  • Review the process for applying to the Institute
  • Characteristics of an effective application for the Institute including a compelling resume

    

February

How Do Great Leaders Overcome Challenges and Failure? (Character-based Leadership:  Hope and Courage)

Wednesday, February 9th
12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Michael O’Connor

  • Describe how leaders use hope to motivate those they lead
  • Identify leadership characteristics associated with courage

    

What’s Wrong with Self-Love?
(Character-based Leadership: Charity)  

Wednesday, February 23rd
12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Karl Haden

  • Discuss ways to support others in today’s environment
  • Identify one’s uniqueness as a leader

    

March

How to Build Organizations Where People Succeed? (Character-based Leadership: Justice)

Wednesday, March 9th
12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Michael O’Connor

  • Explain the relationship of justice to human flourishing in society and in organizations
  • Analyze just/unjust leadership through a case study

   

Leading through Change

Wednesday, March 16th
12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Staci Ripkey

  • Explore strategies and tools for navigating change strategically
  • Introduce theoretical perspectives on organizational change that may guide best practices

    

April

Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?
(Character-based Leadership: Honesty)

Wednesday, April 13th
12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Charles Bertolami

  • Discuss current data and opinions about honesty
  • Describe the pros and cons of honesty in leadership

   

Life Balance is a Myth. Now What?
(Character-based Leadership: Balance)

Wednesday, April 27th
12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Staci Ripkey

  • Assess one’s current state of wellness and resilience
  • Plan actions for improving one’s life “balance’

   

May

Planning to Participate in the NYU Dentistry Student Leadership Institute

Wednesday, May 4th
12:00pm – 12:50pm

Presenter: Dr. Rick Valachovic, Dr. Karl Haden, Dr. Staci Ripkey

  • Develop an initial plan of action for progressing through the Institute
  • Engage in a team building exercise