Diversity in Leadership

Leadership is an activity, not a position, and all CDA members can lead anytime, anywhere. At the CDA, our goal is to ensure our membership and volunteer leadership represent a strong, vibrant, and evolving model of diversity and inclusion for the dental community and the diverse patients they serve.

The CDA has created Diversity in Leadership, designed to enhance the leadership skills of dentists who belong to all racial, ethnic, or gender backgrounds and to bring a variety of professional and personal experiences to our leadership team. This program is designed to develop the competencies and skills that both current and future leaders need in their offices and outside of the office setting.


Participants will develop leadership skills through an accelerated program of education, mentoring, and executive coaching. This program will also broaden their professional network and give participants the opportunity to apply what have learned to a leadership project. Participants also will have a hand in selecting and then mentoring the next class of participants.
Talented and highly motivated individuals who belong to underrepresented groups and practice models. Those who have an interest in demonstrating leadership in their communities and profession should apply.

CDA members and non-CDA members may apply.

Candidates in their final year of dental school or residency are eligible and encouraged to apply.

If you know someone who would be a good fit, nominate him or her for the CDA’s Diversity in Leadership program by emailing contact information to Erica Carvin at erica@cdaonline.org.

Applicants should be willing to commit substantial time to the 2-year program by participating in the following activities:

  • 3 face-to-face leadership training courses
    • Course dates for the class of 2018-19 are April 19-20, 2018; Sept. 27-28, 2018; and April 18-19, 2019.
  • Monthly 60-minute conference calls among CDA staff, advisors, and other participants
  • Active participation in the online platform
  • Completion of a leadership project
  • Mentorship of a future class
The deadline to submit the application form was Dec. 23, 2017. Check back fall 2018 for information on submitting an application for next year’s class.

To apply:

Applications must include two references who must complete and submit the candidate reference form by Dec. 23, 2017.

Accepted applicants will be notified by Feb. 1, 2018. The program is free for CDA members and $250 for non-CDA members.




If you have any questions about the program, contact CDA Director of Membership Erica Carvin at 303-996-2842 or erica@cdaonline.org.