The Leadership, Engagement, Action, and Development (LEAD) Program is an exclusive two-day program designed to identify future leaders in periodontics, cultivate the necessary skills to ensure success, and inspire a commitment to advance the profession. Topics to be covered at the LEAD Program include opportunities within organized dentistry; clinical, practice, and scientific leadership; effective community outreach, and professional relationship development.

This year’s program is scheduled for September 20-22, 2024, in Chicago. Air travel, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and meals will be provided for selected participants. It is a requirement that a selected participant attends the entirety of the program.


Nomination Criteria:

To be eligible for the 2024 LEAD Program, nominees must:

  • Be an Active AAP member in good standing who has been in practice less than 10 years
  • Have demonstrated a previous aptitude for leadership during residency, within periodontal practice, or in another setting
  • Have shown an interest in playing a role in moving the specialty forward through clinical, scientific, or organizational leadership

Nominations for the 2024 LEAD program are now closed. Thank you for your submissions!

75% of LEAD participants agree, “The knowledge I gained from participating in the LEAD Program has significantly propelled my career forward.”
100% of past discussion leaders agree, “The LEAD Program is contributing to the development of the next generation of periodontal leaders.”

Supported by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation.