Leadership Development Class

2024 Leadership Development Program

Invitation & Application 

Are you interested in learning more about leadership, networking with colleagues, becoming more involved in organized Orthodontics or in your community?

The SAO/SWSO Leadership Program is a great way to develop your leadership skills. Since its inception in 2007, the Leadership Program has helped more than 100 members gain confidence in their leadership skills. Many program graduates have gone on to leadership positions within their state component organizations, the SAO, SWSO, and the AAO.

PURPOSE: To provide a learning experience for individuals interested in developing leadership skills.  These skills will be valuable and useful for various leadership situations including; within your work environment, church groups, civic organizations, study clubs and dental societies.

MEETING DATES: The group meets both virtually and in-person. Meeting dates are held in conjunction with Board of Directors Meetings and at the Annual Session.   


PROGRAM OUTLINE: Participants will benefit from networking, presentations, educational guest speakers, leadership assignments and group projects. 


PARTICIPANT SELECTION: Interested candidates should click on the link below and complete the application form.  The SAO/SWSO Executive Committees will select a maximum of 20 individuals based on the application information and/or recommendations of component organizations.  We ask that residents complete their program and graduate prior to applying.


EXPENSES: SAO/SWSO will cover two hotel nights, food and travel expenses to travel to Nashville in March 2024.  Participants are expected to pay expenses to attend the final session in conjunction with the 2024 annual meeting in Orlando.


The application deadline is August 18, 2023 and is limited to 20 participants. Applicants will be notified by September 15, 2023 of the committee's decision. 


Please contact Lissette Zuknick at lzuknick@saortho.org or call (404) 261-5528 if you have any questions.

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