Dentsply Sirona is a founding partner of the Women in DSO organization which aims to highlight the achievements of women in dental service and empower women leaders.
Dentsply Sirona announced that it is a founding partner of Women in DSO (WinDSO), a dental service organization whose mission is to highlight the achievements of women in dental service organizations and empower women leaders.
The nonprofit organization provides a network, professional mentoring, and learning and development programs.
Through the new partnership, Dentsply Sirona will contribute its experience in women’s advancement and contribute to measures that recognize and develop female leaders in the DSO sector.
Dentsply Sirona supports the work of Women in DSO with five mentors, and its board members provide strategic support to advance the organization’s mission.
“Women are still underrepresented in leadership positions, and this also applies to the dental industry,” said Lauren Seymour, vice president of sales-US commercial at Dentsply Sirona. “With our involvement in Women in DSO, we want to help change this. The partnership complements our own programs for women in dentistry and is another milestone towards gender equality.”
Seymour will represent Dentsply Sirona as a board member of Women in DSO.
Dentsply Sirona offers various programs, measures, and events specifically tailored to the needs of women and their career development.
They range from speaker support programs and competitions for extraordinary research achievements to networking opportunities and exchanging experiences at panel discussions and conferences.
One current action is the Smart Integration Award 2021 in November, which recognizes innovative ideas and successful and visionary treatment concepts of women in digital dentistry worldwide.
Another is First to 50, a global women’s speaker development program designed by Dentsply Sirona to elevate women’s voices in dentistry, working with a well-respected coach.
Internally, Dentsply Sirona also pursues the goal of achieving integration and equal opportunities for all employees. To this end, the company is proud of its Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)—interest groups to promote diversity and inclusion.
One of these ERGs is DS Women, which was founded in October 2020 and has 750 women from 30 nations as members. The stated goal of DS Women is to promote more women to management positions at Dentsply Sirona.
In addition, the company established a global Diversity & Inclusion Council to develop organizational awareness through training, career coaching, networking, ongoing communications, and talent development to ensure all employees feel empowered to do their best work.
The D&I Council is made up of 14 demographically and functionally diverse employees from around the globe.
As part of the company’s new sustainability strategy published in September 2021, Dentsply Sirona has committed to equality. The company aims to achieve gender parity and gender pay equality by 2025. Currently, at Dentsply Sirona, 50% of board members are diverse, and women chair 60% of board committees.
Dentsply Sirona will also use the actions it is taking to achieve its internal diversity goals to support Women in DSO in fulfilling its mission of empowering female leaders in dental service organizations, according to the company.