Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Leadership if used effectively is a critical component in influencing people. Although Unspoken Smiles was my very first entrepreneurial initiative, it has given me invaluable knowledge in effective leadership and ability to collaborate with different sector for a common good. A perfect example is our school-based educational program which involve connecting local dental professionals to primary schools and teach children how to maintain proper oral hygiene. Such exiting collaboration will not only bridge the oral health gap between dentists and the population, but also create long lasting bonds with the local children in their respective communities. This demanding job and unique opportunity thought me responsibility, work ethic, presentation skills, money management, and most importantly made me a better leader.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Earlier this month we launched the Unspoken Smiles Country Representatives, a program dedicated to work with dental students/professionals, organizations, and the university community to build awareness of the Unspoken Smiles’ mission. The role of a Country Rep is to build a strong network of dental professionals, resources, and also serve as a driving force toward meeting the challenge to improve oral health of low-income children in underserved communities through development and support of effective programs of oral health promotion and disease prevention. We currently have representatives from six different countries (USA, Haiti, Romania, Italy, Dominican Republic, and India)