The Ladies Who Do Dentistry initiative was started by Jayne Sproson, Suzy Rowlands, Dr Carol Somerville Roberts, Dr Ewa Rozwadowska, Dr Clare Chavasse, when they met in a restaurant at a BACD conference and shared their particularly grueling professional experiences. They decided on the spot to "get away from it all’"and started to meet annually for sharing knowledge, inspiration and friendship and yes, there were a few bubbles involved!
The idea for LWDD came from a wish to share this mutually supportive group further afield, and to encourage more female colleagues to participate in the benefits of the support enjoyed with BACD membership. With a little persuasion of the all-male BACD board, LWDD was born.
After our inaugural meeting we had some fantastic feedback with a demand for more meetings, keeping the format relaxed and limited in numbers to encourage a “chat show” style presentation with plenty of opportunity for audience participation. This is what our delegates at the first meeting in 2018 had to say:
Women supporting women through sharing life experiences and mentorship
It was a privilege to share the day with a group of enthusiastic and professional young women dentists and address some of the issues of being a woman in dentistry
Effective management of self and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients; providing constructive leadership where appropriate
Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice
Maintenance of skills, behaviours, and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first