'Rudy' Among Speakers at AACD 2017

Posted on November 17, 2016


The 33rd Annual AACD Scientific Session will take place April 18-21, 2017, at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will include three general sessions from speakers Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, Doug Hanson, and Jackie Freiberg, PhD.


Ruettiger will take the general session stage on Tuesday, April 18. Ruettiger’s personal journey is the epitome of an incredible underdog story. Despite struggling academically due to his dyslexia, he persevered and was finally admitted to Notre Dame on his fourth try. Then, in spite of his small stature, he achieved his dream of playing football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered “RU-DY, RU-DY,” he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only game of his college football career. He was triumphantly carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders.

Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States.


Hanson will speak to attendees Wednesday, April 19. Hanson is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and peak performance coach, but he was also an athlete throughout high school and college. He never believed he was a “star player,” but his coaches consistently identified him as a leader, both on and off the field. Hanson’s realization that you don’t have to be a star player to make a difference is what underlies his message. In his general session presentation, Hanson will share, among other things, how businesses with high expectations and a positive approach are innovative, efficient, productive, and quicker to respond to change.


Freiberg will take the general session stage on Thursday, April 20. Recognized as one of the Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership by Leadership Excellence Magazine, Freiberg has spent 27 years on a mission to expose the unconventional, business-best practices of globally admired leaders. Her findings have been published in numerous books and articles, and as a result she is an international best-selling author. In her presentation, Freiberg will lay out the preconditions leaders must create to make innovation a way of life—a deeply embedded part of your cultural DNA where teams are hungry for change and inspired to find innovative ways to overcome challenges—from reducing costs, to improving quality of care delivered. Attendees will get innovation strategies for collaborating, thinking creatively, turning liabilities to assets, and finding ideas beyond their industry. Find out how the most creative companies in the world innovate beyond customer expectations.


“We’re excited to have Daniel, Doug, and Jackie presenting at AACD 2017 in Las Vegas. Their sessions will undoubtedly be entertaining, motivational, and inspirational for everyone on the dental team,” says Grace Sun, DDS, FAACD, Chair of the AACD Professional Education Committee. 


For more information or to register for the 33rd Annual AACD Scientific Session, visit www.aacdconference.com. Register before December 2, 2016 and save $150 with early-bird tuition prices.

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