President & CEO, Premier Dental Products Company
“This is not heroism. It is simply doing the right thing." - Julie Charlestein
Julie Charlestein is a 4th generation leader at Premier Dental Products Company. Started in 1913 by her great grandfather Julius Charlestein, Premier develops, manufactures and distributes innovative consumables to the dental professional worldwide. Julie currently serves as President & CEO.
A native of Philadelphia, Julie attended Emory University for her undergraduate studies and Temple University for her graduate work. In her role at Premier, Julie was voted to The Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report. Julie is proud to serve on the Board of Overseers for The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, the Dean's Advisory Council of Temple University Dental School, as well as the Board of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders. She also serves on the Board of ASDOH (Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health).
Julie is an honorary member of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, and sat on the Board of Directors of the Dental Trade Alliance, where she Chaired the Government Relations Committee. She also served on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the School of Dental Medicine at Harvard University. Julie is also a member of The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and sits on the Board of Directors for the ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease) Association.
Julie is the recipient of the ADA Foundation's 2017 Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award.
Organization through which your Give Kids A Smile program takes place:
Premier Dental Products
The duration of your involvement in the GKAS program:
Proudly - we at Premier have been involved with Give Kids A Smile since its inception.
Why do you participate in Give Kids A Smile programs?
"The dollar is round." This is some wisdom from my grandfather, Morton Charlestein, Premier's second-generation leader. What this means is that success is elusive. One day you may have it, and the next you may not. While you are fortunate enough to have it, it is essential that you spend it strategically, save it wisely, and share it compassionately. This sharing, this compassion, is why we participate in GKAS.
Why is the Give Kids A Smile program important?
Everyone is entitled to good health. Premier's business is in creating and developing products that deliver better oral health. These two should be married. GKAS is a vehicle to ensure that children are given the opportunity to experience oral health care; a fundamental need, which to us is something that must be supported.