4. Advocating for Yourself and Others with Mitch Dvorak

4. Advocating for Yourself and Others with Mitch Dvorak

“If you don’t advocate for yourself, who will? You have to have the confidence to step up and talk about your accomplishments.”

Knowing what you want to do and who can help you get the right position is challenging — but not for Mitch Dvorak. He has reinvented himself multiple times and leveraged meaningful connections along the way. Hear how Mitch has moved from policy work to association management, including leadership roles with a start-up patient safety organization, various medical societies and most recently, an association that spans the globe.

Mitchell L. Dvorak, MS CAE
Executive Director, IAOMS

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Mitchell L. Dvorak, MS CAE, joined the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) as Executive Director in April 2016. Previously Dvorak worked with Bostrom Corporation as the executive director of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and National Association of Housing Cooperatives, in addition to providing his industry and leadership expertise to a number of Bostrom’s medical and healthcare association clients.

Dvorak also co-founded and served as the executive director of Consumers Advancing Patient Safety. He has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations in the healthcare and patient safety fields, including, the National Patient Safety Foundation, American Medical Association and the North Dakota Medical Association.

Dvorak studied Political Science/Public Administration as an undergraduate at the University of North Dakota and holds a graduate degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University. In 2005 he was awarded the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Dvorak was selected as a scholar for the ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) class of 2010-2012. In August of 2012 Dvorak was named a Young and Aspiring Association Professional by Association TRENDS. Dvorak was elected to the Board of Directors of Association Forum in 2015 and currently serves as Chair.

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2 Replies to “4. Advocating for Yourself and Others with Mitch Dvorak”

  1. This was such a great reminder that you have to do the work and put yourself out there if you want to further your career. Be confident in your skills and keep going if (and when) you hear no because you never know when getting your name out there in that capacity may open up doors for you later.

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