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Dr. Bill Dorfman’s Legacy of Leadership: Nonprofit LEAP Foundation Now in its Sixth Year of Promoting Youth Achievement

May  16, 2013

Dr. Bill Dorfman ’83 knows what it takes to achieve high levels of professional and personal success, and is on a mission to encourage young adults to fulfill their own dreams.

Dorfman achieved success early in his dental career when he co-founded Discus Dental, which became one of the world’s leading dental companies and was acquired by Philips Sonicare in 2010. Dorfman practices all aspects of dentistry, specializing in cosmetic dentistry at his practice at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry near Beverly Hills, Calif. He is known as the “dentist to the stars” and has made numerous television appearances on reality and talk shows; and also penned a New York Times bestselling book, “Billion Dollar Smile.”

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But Dorfman’s true passion is giving back to others and helping young people on their way to brighter futures. As a Pacific Dugoni alumnus, he regularly visits the school to speak to students and offer up his advice for finding professional and personal success after dental school. He also is a very active philanthropic contributor to the school, which named its existing William Dorfman-Discus Dental Auditorium in his honor. Dorfman also recently made a significant gift to support the construction of the new first-floor auditorium on the school’s new campus in San Francisco.

LEAP Participants

LEAP Leadership Program participants.

In 2008, Dorfman co-founded the LEAP Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on helping young people from around the world find professional and personal success by teaching them real-life skills – such as professionalism, self-motivation and communication techniques – that aren’t traditionally taught in educational environments. LEAP, which stands for “Leadership, Excellence and Accelerating Potential,” has continued to grow each year in both size and reputation. In 2012, more than 450 students representing 10 different countries attended the LEAP Program.

The LEAP Program is designed for students ages 15-24, including high school students, college students and recent graduates, who are invited to an annual week-long LEAP Leadership Program at UCLA. The curriculum is based upon the experience of those who themselves have accomplished great success – both professionally and personally. Activities show the value of goal-setting, effective communication, and the invaluable power of mentorship – all of which are essential in helping today’s youth succeed, yet often omitted from most formal educational systems.

Dr. Bill Dorfman and LEAP Speakers

Dr. Bill Dorfman (left) with a LEAP Program guest speaker.

“Our future rests in the hands of our youth,” said Dorfman. “It is important to gather the great leaders of today to foster their growth and help create great leaders for tomorrow.”

The next LEAP Program will take place from July 28 to August 3, when the LEAP Foundation welcomes its sixth class of scholars. Applications from high school and young adult students interested in enrolling in the leadership program are now being accepted. More details are available at

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