About Leadership by Design
Leadership by Design was founded in 1999 by Dr. James R. Schroeder, a longtime advocate for and mentor of dentists throughout the Commonwealth. Dr. Schroeder grew Leadership by Design to serve dental professionals with a multitude of services designed to support the industry professionals throughout every stage of their career. Dr. Schroeder's daughter, Elizabeth Schroeder Craig, joined her father in 2017 to further grow the company, specializing in practice sales and acquisitions. Upon Dr Schroeder's passing in early 2020, Elizabeth Schroeder Craig expanded her role now serving as both CEO and Senior Transitions Specialist.
As an industry-specific consulting firm, the team at Leadership by Design understand that even the smallest of transitions requires detailed planning and thoughtful decision-making. More importantly, we've learned throughout the years that one of the greatest challenges that dental professionals face is not with the actual tasks involved, but with the amount of details involved that are critical for an effective transition to occur. Having a team of trusted guides by your side can make the experience far less stressful (and more enjoyable) for everyone involved.
Leadership by Design proudly serves as the endorsed provider of dental practice transitions by the Virginia Dental Association. Our team has worked hard to develop the relationships, resources, expertise, experience through trusted partnerships that are designed to provide support for dentists in every stage of their career.
If you have an important change or decision to make – if you want to ensure that you have the important support of your staff and colleagues, we can help.
Dr. James Schroeder held a 40 year career in the dental industry owning a successful dental practice in Richmond, serving as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, and later leading his private dental consultancy firm. In 2014, he was selected to serve as the lead consultant in developing the strategic five-year plan for VCU's School of Dentistry. Throughout his career, he also lobbied for improving access to dental health care throughout the state and educating dentists on how to best serve special needs patients. His love and heart for providing exceptional patient care was evident throughout his career and in every relationship he encountered.
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