Investing in the Future of a Child’s Healthy Smile through Leadership!

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and its Foundation, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, are proud to announce applications are being accepted for the sixth cohort of Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. At the conclusion of the current class in December 2018, more than 150 members and corporate partners will have graduated from the program over the last 15 years. We look forward to welcoming 30 new members into the sixth class of Leadership Institute in 2019!

Recognizing that leadership is critical to the Academy’s and Foundation’s missions, this experience provides the opportunity for members to grow and refine their skills, becoming leading advocates in the fight for children’s oral health care. Leadership institute embodies and promotes these characteristics and we encourage all qualified AAPD members to apply.

Our Partners

The Academy and Foundation are proud to partner with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Ultradent Products, Inc.

Kellogg School of Management

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is a premier institution for management education. Founded in 1908 and based just outside of Chicago, Kellogg is home to a renowned, research-based faculty and the best and brightest MBA students from around the world. Kellogg has designed and conducted hundreds of custom executive education programs for senior leaders in some of the world’s best known companies, professional service firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The Kellogg School created the custom executive program category, conducting its first custom offering in 1973.

Ultradent Products, Inc.

Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s vision is to improve oral health globally. Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.


Leadership Institute was the first institute of its kind among health care membership associations. While other associations have leadership programming, none have established an ongoing commitment focusing on leadership development for the profession like Leadership Institute.

A class of 30 individuals will enroll in an educational engagement focusing on an array of topics important for leadership development. The program requires a three-year commitment; more specifically, a four-day on-campus experience at Kellogg each December. Enrollees will participate in learning experiences with some of the best and brightest minds in leadership development. The curriculum is designed to apply to those in private practice, academia, and any other professional pursuits with leadership components.


Leadership Institute focuses on advancing the professional and personal development of cohort members. As a participant, you will:

  • Pursue a curriculum specific to your needs in an intellectually vibrant environment that promotes collaboration and practical application of knowledge
  • Learn from and interact with Kellogg’s world-class faculty and your fellow pediatric dentists as you expand your network
  • Strengthen your professional credentials with Kellogg, a world leader in executive education
  • Increase your involvement in the Academy and Foundation


Leadership Institute VI is intended for AAPD members from all professional career tracks, whether they’re early-career, mid-career, or seasoned veterans. All applicants shall have a track record of potential or proven leadership in the Academy, Foundation, and/or other volunteer service.

Applicants must be willing to attend the four-day on-site course instruction at Northwestern University’s Kellogg school of Management in Evanston, Illinois each December in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Instruction begins after lunch on Thursday and concludes with lunch on Sunday.



Leadership Institute is a shared investment by the Academy, Foundation and participants. The Academy and Foundation each cover one-third of the program expense; participant tuition covers the remaining third. Leadership Institute, Cohort VI, tuition is $5,700. Once accepted into the program in Spring 2019, all participants will be required to pay tuition for the full program by April 26, 2019.


To Apply

Applicants can complete the application at https://www.grantinterface.com/aapdscholarship/common/logon.aspx

Follow the instructions on the right hand side to create a new user log in.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are due by 4 p.m. CST on Friday, January 18. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by the week of April 1, 2019.

All applications must be submitted online, with requested .pdf format documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume (.pdf).
  2. A 300 word essay outlining your volunteer history and service with the Academy and/or the Foundation, and how you plan to use the Leadership Institute experience in your professional and personal day to day life.
  3. Two letters of reference. Reference letters must be hand signed and preferably on business letterhead (.pdf).

For more information, please contact Paul Amundsen, MNA, CFRE, at (312) 337-2169 or pamundsen@aapd.org.