A Secret To Achieve Work-Life Balance in Dentistry

July 5, 2017 Ricki Braswell CAE

The life of women who are intent on their careers is often fraught with the struggle to be everything to everyone. Many women wish there was one ‘secret’ that could make the sacrifices and dedication easier, but in truth there are many. The best way to discover them is to rely on the advice and past experience of other strong women in dentistry or similarly taxing careers. You have to be comfortable standing on the shoulders of giants.

My preparations for the ‘Making It All Work’ women’s retreat at the Pankey Institute have gotten me thinking about many of the challenges facing women in professional settings. Dr. Lee Ann Brady, our insightful retreat facilitator, posed the question, “What would you do if you had two days to focus on yourself?”

This got me thinking about one of the keys to my success and how I achieve a work-life balance.

How Cultivating Leadership Can Create Work-Life Balance

One of my secrets to success is leadership. I am able to leave the Institute while we have a class going on because I’m confident in the resiliency of my team’s intentions. I know that even though I’m not there, our team culture ensures the same dedication to providing an excellent experience that I would enact if I were there.

Leadership is the core of what helps me be successful and develop a work-life balance. It’s one of the primary topics that we ponder in the women’s retreat, as well as financial freedom and ownership. If you’re searching for career secrets, the path to balance definitely starts with leadership. I shared my experiences and tips at the course. It’s a weekend dedicated to us – women who are passionate about their careers.

What secrets of achieving a work-life balance keep you stable and energized? We’d love to hear your perspective in the comments!


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Ricki Braswell CAE

Ricki Braswell, CAE, joined the Pankey Institute as President & CEO in April 2011. A former Executive Director for National Association of Dental Laboratories, National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology and The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, she has a wealth of experience in nonprofits, corporate communications, human resources, and publishing. Ricki has served on The L. D. Pankey Foundation board of directors. In 2010, Dental Products Report named her one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry.

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