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ABOUT GUIDING LEADERS

ABOUT US

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Together we can impact our industry

Guiding Leaders is an exciting professional development program that empowers women in dentistry to advance to new levels of leadership. Sponsored by Glidewell, the program provides a dynamic environment where women can learn, grow and make an impact in dentistry together. It is a unique opportunity for women to cultivate their leadership skills as they build long-lasting relationships on their journey toward becoming voices of influence.

The program’s rigorous coursework focuses on some of the most important nonclinical elements of the dental industry, including courses on:

  • Applying an outward mindset built on self-awareness, mindset change, accountability and collaboration
  • Building a financially sound practice with the foundations of business management
  • Becoming an effective presenter, speaker and leader by studying the art of narration, reputation management and personal branding
  • Creating an exceptional dental practice by building a true culture of values, mission and purpose
  • Increasing case acceptance, improving communication with your lab, and growing your business through engaging case presentations and photography
  • Leveraging social media and developing a personal brand to establish an online presence

Who Can Apply?

  • Practicing women dentists with five or more years of experience
  • Must be a resident of the United States or Canada

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

  • Guiding Leaders is sponsored by Glidewell for the selected participants
  • Please note that participants are responsible for their own airfare and lodging
  • The program is valued at $25,000.

How is Guiding Leaders different from other
leadership programs?

Under the direction of women in the industry, this program focuses on creating an environment where women can enhance their understanding of the nonclinical side of dentistry. Each selected participant will be paired with an executive training coach to help improve their practice management and leadership skills.

Where does the program
take place?

All Guiding Leaders sessions will take place at the new Glidewell Clinical Education Center in Newport Beach, California. Utilized for courses, labs and trainings, this state-of-the-art education center is just five minutes away from John Wayne Airport. 

Why Apply?

  • Gain insight from experts in the field
  • Earn up to 70 continuing education credits
  • Explore the latest business techniques to grow your practice
  • Receive executive leadership coaching
  • Build a strong network of dental professionals
  • Participate in mentoring groups

GET TO KNOW THE TEAM

Stephenie Goddard, CEO of Glidewell

Stephenie Goddard

Chief Executive Officer
Glidewell

Leila Fejzagic Headshot, Executive VP of Human Resources at Glidewell

Leila Fejzagic

Executive Vice President - HR & Customer Experience
Glidewell

Bobbie Norton headshot

Bobbie Norton

Director of Strategic Partner Relations
Glidewell  

Carol Gregory headshot

Carol Gregory

Director of Learning and Development
Glidewell

Marjorie Ambroise headshot

Marjorie Ambroise

Senior Organizational Development Manager for Design
Glidewell

Britni Aralis

Britni Aralis

Senior Manager - Coaching & Development
Glidewell

Erica Cueto Somers

Erica Cueto-Somers

Project Manager- Partnership Initiatives
Glidewell

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Glidewell Education Center
Nationally Approved PACE Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority, or AGD endorsement.
3/1/2024 to 2/29/2028.
Provider ID# 216789

Stephenie Goddard, CEO of Glidewell

Stephenie Goddard

Recently named Glidewell CEO Stephenie Goddard is an executive leader with multidisciplinary experience in organizational development, business strategy, change management, customer experience and digital transformation. She joined Glidewell in 2006 as vice president of human resources, establishing various programs that have served to augment the company’s relentless expansion. In 2019, she established the Guiding Leaders program to empower women dentists throughout the U.S. in all facets of business and leadership, and the following year she received the Mentor Award from The Lucy Hobbs Project® (Benco Dental Supply Co.; Pittston, Pa.).
Leila Fejzagic Headshot, Executive VP of Human Resources at Glidewell

LEILA FEJZAGIC

With more than 15 years of human resources experience, Leila Fejzagic is a strategic business partner who develops human capital strategies. As executive vice president of human resources at Glidewell, she oversees all aspects of human resources management. Leila is a member of the prestigious international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma, and she earned an executive MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.

Bobbie Norton headshot

Bobbie Norton

Bobbie Norton started her career in dentistry as an RDA 25 years ago and uses her experience in dental surgery, orthodontics and prosthodontics to facilitate valuable relationships with industry partners at Glidewell. Her role as director of strategic partner relations is built on more than a decade of service at the company, with previous experience as the managing editor of Chairside® magazine and the project manager for clinical affairs. Today, Bobbie works closely with key opinion leaders and company partners to orchestrate essential programs like the annual Glidewell Symposium and Guiding Leaders.

Carol Gregory headshot

Carol Gregory

Carol has a career history in leadership development, communication, team building and change management gained through her experience with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and non-profits. As the Director of Learning and Development at Glidewell, she oversees the creation and implementation of a variety of educational experiences. Welcoming leaders at all levels, Carol promotes an environment of increased self-awareness, new mindsets and goal achievement.

Marjorie Ambroise headshot

Marjorie Ambroise

Marjorie joined Glidewell in 2018 as an Instructional Designer for the Learning and Development team. Soon after, she began managing Glidewell’s employee leadership programs — LEAD and Executive Leadership. Marjorie’s passion for learning and organizational growth has guided her career path within the company. In her current position as the Senior Organizational Development Manager in Human Resources, she leads, designs and facilitates critical strategies and programs to drive a high-performing and sustainable workforce.

Britni Aralis

Britni Aralis

Britni Aralis is a certified practitioner with more than 13 years of experience in education. She specializes in emotional intelligence — including EQ 360 and DISC — leadership, and behavioral assessment tools. Britni has a passion for developing self-aware leaders and building programs that empower individuals and teams to reach their highest performance potential. She has successfully led several leadership programs at Glidewell, developed mentoring programs, and coached leaders to thrive in the ever-evolving corporate landscape.
Erica Cueto Somers

Erica Cueto-Somers

Erica Cueto-Somers manages all aspects of the Guiding Leaders program and is the primary point of contact for participants, alumni and prospective applicants. An experienced event producer, she has consulted with a wide variety of companies to prioritize their attendee engagement. Additionally, she has five years of human resources experience, during which she elevated the employee experience through organizational development within the employee life cycle. Bringing a passion for people, Erica continues to create rewarding events through her involvement in Glidewell programs.