Paving The Way: Part Three

September 9, 2017 Glenda Owen DDS

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Being a woman in dentistry used to mean years of struggle. Now, the experience couldn’t be more different.

Dr. Glenda Owen graduated from dental school in the early 80s. In her last two blogs, she related the challenges she faced while receiving an education, as well as how percentages of women dentists and the model of a dental practice have changed. Below, she discusses success while managing a family and career.

Wife or Work: Struggles of an 80s Woman in Dentistry

Many of us, with a household and children to manage in addition to a career, chimed in on a dialogue that was already present in the 80s culture regarding “having/doing it all.” This was not a conversation among most male dentists.

Our older male colleagues often had a wife who managed the domestic and family affairs. But as more and more women entered the work force, we and our male counterparts experienced the strain of trying to manage office and home fronts and keep peace in the marriage.

One friend of mine, a pediatric dentist with three kids and a lawyer husband, mused in the 1980s, “There are lots of single moms out there; some of them just happen to be married.”

The bottom line is that we have learned success at home and at work require an equal partnership on the domestic front. Otherwise, burnout and frustration, along with stressed relationships, are bound to occur.

At Pankey, we have been ahead of the curve. Our core values, represented by the Cross of Life, have put balance and relationship at the forefront of our conversations. This is bound to impact the home life for all of us, men and women alike.

In our classes, I have been impressed with the young men who talk about managing kids and helping with domestic chores alongside their wives/partners who often have their own careers. Granted, this is a cultural phenomenon across all careers, but it is a pleasure to witness nonetheless.

As women dental students graduate and continue to increase their percentage among practitioners, I trust that a male professor could no longer get away with telling a woman that she is taking a position that could have been used by a man. It is simply irrelevant and archaic. And that is some of the best news yet.

How do you approach balance and relationship? We’d love to hear from you in the comments! 

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Dr. Glenda Owen practices in Houston, Texas where she lives with her husband Kevin. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. Dr. Owen is a faculty member and member of the Board of Directors for The Pankey Institute.

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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, 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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