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Leadership in Action: September 13, 2018

Hosts Anne Greenhalgh and Michael Useem are joined by Steve Kess (VP of Global Professional Relations, Office of the Chairman & CEO, Henry Schein), John Hennessy (Chairman, Alphabet), and Jeffrey Dorfman (Doctor, The Center for Special Dentistry & 1dentist LLC) on the Thursday, September 13, 2018 edition of Leadership in Action.

Air Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

John Henessy

Air Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: John Hennessy

Dr. Jeffrey Dorfman and Dr. Steve Kess

Air Time: 8:00 pm
Featuring: Steve Kess, Jeffrey Dorfman

Featured Guests

Steve Kess

VP of Global Professional Relations, Office of the Chairman & CEO, Henry Schein


Steven William Kess is Vice President of Global Professional Relations, Office of the Chairman & CEO, Henry Schein, Inc.  Mr. Kess excels in forging public-private partnerships to address complex global health issues, such as advancing access to care through wellness, prevention and treatment programs; strengthening emergency preparedness and relief; and building health care capacity.  In this catalyst role, Mr. Kess conceives and advances innovative solutions that provide benefits to multiple stakeholders, shepherding these solutions from conceptualization to effective implementation.  Mr. Kess also is co-founder of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program committed to “helping health happen,” and he serves as the Founding President of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

By providing critical insight as an entrepreneur or within large corporations, Mr. Kess has synthesized business and public policy concerns in a career that has spanned consumer packaged goods, communications and the health care industries.  Since 1991, Mr. Kess has held several executive management positions in the medical and dental divisions of Henry Schein and the Office of the Chairman and CEO. Henry Schein is a multinational Fortune 250 company that is the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners.

Mr. Kess currently serves on the boards of the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund; the Santa Fe Group; the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders; the Forsyth Institute and Project Accessible Oral Health.  Mr. Kess is the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine.  He is also on the Board of Advisors for Columbia University School of Dental Medicine; University of North Carolina School of Dentistry; University of Michigan School of Dentistry; Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine; Al Quds University Dental School and Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.

Mr. Kess has served on the boards of the American Dental Association Foundation; American Medical Association Foundation; Oral Health America; the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance; Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity; and the Children’s Dental Health Project.  From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Kess served as Founding Chairman of the National Advisory Board for the ADA’s “Give Kids a Smile” program, which has provided free dental screenings, treatment and education to more than six million underserved children.  Mr. Kess has served on the Boards of Virginia Commonwealth School of Dentistry; NOVA Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine; Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.  In addition, Mr. Kess has served on the strategic planning group for the American Veterinary Medical Association Vision 2020 and FDI’s Vision 2020 Program Task Force for developing its strategic plan and the definition of oral health.

Mr. Kess has received New York University’s Strusser Award; the ADA’s Give Kids a Smile Corporate Service Award, which is named in his honor; the New York State Assembly Corporate Award; the National Dental Association’s Presidential Citation; the Distinguished Service Award from Dental Volunteers for Israel; the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Public Service from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research;  a Presidential Citation from the ADA; an honorary membership in Alpha Omega as well as their Meritorious Service Award and has received honorary membership in the International College of Dentists.

Mr. Kess earned his BBA and MBA from the Baruch School of the City College of New York.  He is the author of numerous articles on advertising, marketing and innovation, and is an award-winning documentary film producer. Mr. Kess and his wife, Sharon, have been married for more than 50 years and live in New York City.  They have one daughter and two grandchildren who live in Westchester.
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John Hennessy

Chairman, Alphabet


As Stanford University’s 10th president, John L. Hennessy led the university’s extraordinary growth in multidisciplinary research and teaching in the 21st century.

Keeping Stanford accessible and affordable to outstanding students was among his priorities, and during his presidency, Stanford’s financial aid program became one of the strongest in the nation.

Throughout his presidency, Hennessy fostered interdisciplinary collaboration, launching university-wide initiatives in human health, environmental sustainability, international affairs and the arts and creativity and greatly expanding opportunities for multidisciplinary teaching and learning. Under his leadership, the campus underwent a physical transformation to support 21st-century research and teaching needs — including cutting-edge facilities for the Graduate School for Business, the Law School, the Science and Engineering Quadrangle, Stanford Medicine and the Arts District.

In early 2016, he announced the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, the largest fully endowed graduate-level scholarship program in the world, and after stepping down as president, he became the inaugural Shriram Family Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program in September 2016. Scholars will receive full funding to pursue a graduate or professional degree in any of Stanford’s seven schools. The focus of their experience will be both knowledge and leadership development — with the goal of preparing a new generation of leaders to make a positive impact on the world.

Hennessy, a pioneer in computer architecture, joined Stanford’s faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. In 1981, he drew together researchers to focus on a technology known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), which revolutionized computing by increasing performance while reducing costs. Hennessy helped transfer this technology to industry. In 1984, he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs microprocessors. He rose to full professorship in 1986 and was the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1987-2004). He has been director of Stanford’s Computer Systems Laboratory (1983-1993); dean of the School of Engineering (1996-2000), and university provost (1999-2000). In October 2000, he was inaugurated as Stanford’s 10th president. Throughout his career, Hennessy has multiplied the impact of Stanford’s great minds by fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, initially in the biosciences and bioengineering and now among 18 interdisciplinary centers drawing from Stanford’s seven schools.

His honors include the 2012 Medal of Honor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, its highest award; the 2000 Benjamin Garver Lamme Award of the American Society of Electrical Engineers; the 2001 Eckert-Mauchly Award of the Association for Computing Machinery; the 2001 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award; a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, and a 2005 Founders Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hennessy earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Along with David Patterson, Hennessy won the 2017 Turing Award for their work in developing the reduced instruction set computer (RISC) architecture, which is now used in 99% of new computer chips.

In February 2018, Hennessy was announced as the new Chairman of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company
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Jeffrey Dorfman

Doctor, The Center for Special Dentistry & 1dentist LLC


I spent eight years at Penn. 1981 BA BioChemistry with clusters in Economics & English. 1985 Penn Dental.

Director of The Center for Special Dentistry® PC (CSD). Internet Dentistry geek since 1998. President of 1dentist LLC. Writer. Publisher. Educator. Former Professor at Columbia & NYU.

CSD is a high-end, multi-specialty group of 16 dentists & specialists in midtown Manhattan. Website: NYCdentist.com offers over 4,400 pages of our original content. NYCdentist.com/domains displays 600+ domains we own.

Founder, The Center for Special Dentistry Education which offers full time one and two year post-baccalaureate training to prepare applicants for dental school and also offers post-dental training. For over twelve years our Center was the only private dental practice in New York State wherein dental students could treat patients of lesser financial means and receive dental school credit towards graduation requirements.

President and owner of 1dentist, LLC, an internet dentistry holding company founded in 1998. Several former dental school deans are on our Board. Dr. Ed Zuckerberg, dentist-father of Facebook founder Mark, is also on our Board. Website: 1dentist.com.

We began offering 40 pages of content on drdorfman.com in 1998. By April 2001 we offered a message board for dentists and students. We digitized textbooks for the internet in 2001 (later becoming LinkowLibrary.org) before Google Books. Our 1dentist.com offered online dental appointment scheduling world-wide in 2002 long before ZocDoc. In 2012 alone we generated over 120 million ad impressions.

Founder and Curator, LinkowLibrary.org. The life-archive of Dr. Leonard Linkow, father of implant dentistry.

Managing Partner of Manhattan Dentists®, PC (MD), a 2013 start-up focused on helping young dentists start their own dental practices. Website: ManhattanDentists.com.

Founder and Commodore of Rye Yacht Club®, Rye, NY (2009-present). 200+ members. Website: RyeYC.org.

Founder and Curator of SuperYachtDesigner.org, the life-archive of the work of Ron Holland.

NYCboatShow.com – A writer tends to write…
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