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Leadership: The Keys to Success (AGD 550)

Presenter: Virginia Cairrao, CDA, FADAA


This live webinar is designed to help dental assistants understand the principles of leadership, the differences in leadership styles, the impact good leaders make on the organization, and how to apply these principles to their own environment.


Virginia Cairrao, CDA, FADAA; Past President, ADAA
Virginia graduated from the CCRI Dental Assisting Program in 1983 and obtained her CDA in 1983. She was a chairside dental assistant for Dr. Philip Barr in Providence, RI for 24 years and now serves as his office manager. Virginia is an active member of the Rhode Island Dental Assistants Association having served as President, Secretary, Scholarship Chair and Judicial & Legislative Chair. She is also an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association having served as First District Trustee, Secretary and President. She achieved her Fellowship from the ADAA in 2009.

Virginia has been a speaker for the Rhode Island Dental Assistants Association, the Connecticut Dental Assistants Association, the Chesapeake Dental Conference and the Greater New York Dental Meeting.

Virginia is also very active in her community as an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bristol Fire Department. 


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to: 

1. Define leadership.
2. Recognize styles of leadership.
3. List characteristics of a good leader.
4. Recognize leadership skills.
5. Identify your individual strengths to become a leader.
6. Utilize leadership skills in the ADAA.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices. 

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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