Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) and DALE Foundation Executive Director Cynthia C. Durley, M.Ed., MBA (pictured above left), was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s annual conference, the ICE Exchange, held Nov. 6-9, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, the Institute’s most prestigious award, is presented in recognition of significant and exceptional contributions to the credentialing industry. Ms. Durley was nominated for this award by Bill West, former Vice President of Professional Business Development for Pearson VUE, and by DANB’s 2017-2018 Board Chair Katharine J. Noble, CDA, CRFDA, SSgt Maine Air National Guard. Ms. Durley also received many letters of support from the credentialing community.

“The ICE Lifetime Achievement Award is not presented annually. This award is only presented to individuals whose vision, efforts, long-standing commitment and extraordinary contributions have advanced the credentialing profession,” explains Johnna Gueorguieva, Ph.D., CAE (pictured above right), DANB’s Chief Credentialing and Research Officer and the 2019 Chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Durley was among several leaders who were recognized with a variety of awards at the ICE Exchange’s Awards and Recognition Breakfast on Nov. 9. Upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Durley delivered a thank-you speech to breakfast attendees. “I’m both so humbled and proud,” she shared. “To say that I am overwhelmed is an understatement.”

“I’m both so humbled and proud. To say that I am overwhelmed is an understatement.”

Nominators described Ms. Durley as being a dedicated worker, lifelong learner and mentor. In her speech, Ms. Durley explained her perspective on mentorship: “If being a mentor means telling my colleagues to come with me, join the Institute, have fun, learn a lot, make connections and make lifelong friends — who would not find it easy to be a mentor in this environment, with this special group of people?”

She also described the power of mentorship and her belief that a good mentor is one who shares knowledge freely. “Mentors treat knowledge as something that’s very important. It’s not in limited supply, where all of a sudden your light is dimmed if you share it,” she explained. “In fact, sharing knowledge has the ability to exponentially increase its potential impact.”

Ms. Durley joined the Institute in 1983 and has consistently participated in the Institute’s activities since 1986. In addition to her volunteer service to the Institute and other organizations — and in her dual roles as Executive Director of both DANB and the DALE Foundation, DANB’s affiliate — Ms. Durley continues to dedicate time, energy and talent to the development of knowledge that will help all credentialing professionals, including her staff.

Ms. Durley’s enthusiasm and mentorship has encouraged senior DANB staff to follow in her footsteps, with many becoming active participants in the Institute and ambassadors of credentialing excellence.

“It is no surprise that Cindy was nominated and selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award,” adds Dr. Gueorguieva. “There is no one more deserving and no one more capable of carrying this enormous honor.”