Message from the President

Dear Shils Fund Supporters,

We are honored to host the first-ever Shils Fund Social Entreprenuerial Leadership Conference followed by our annual evening awards reception.

This new conference will feature:

  • A powerful presentation about social responsibility,
  • An engaging interactive panel about the latest issues impacting social entrepreneurship in health care led by Julie Charlestein, President and CEO of Premier Dental Products Company, and
  • A Shils’ Star Dental Student Competition. This is a new and unique opportunity to see and interact with dental students competing for funding of their start-up projects.

Known for his relentless pursuit of innovation and change in our dental industry, our namesake Dr. Edward B. Shils would have loved it.

In our 16th year, the Shils Fund is taking a new direction that strongly positions it to further embody Dr. Edward B. Shil’s legacy as an outstanding educator and industry leader. This new direction is also an extension of our ongoing support and recognition of innovative, entrepreneurial, social responsibility programs, organizations, and individuals.

Our goal is to turn this philanthropy into opportunity.

Thank you again for joining us in celebrating Ed’s legacy.

Together, we can advance the future and inspire the next generation of dental entrepreneurs.


Steve W. Kess
Vice President, Global Professional Relations
Henry Schein, Inc.
President, Dr. Edward B. Shils Entreprenuerial Fund, Inc.