Summit Spotlight: Dr. Emily Steil
Dentist, Granite City Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

We are so excited that Emily is joining us at the 2022 Women of Influence Summit on Friday, September 16 as a video speaker to share how she rewrote her narrative when the fairytale she expected after college let her down. To help you get to know Emily better check out her answers to our interview questions below:

What does a typical day look like for you?
I start every day with a morning walk with my golden retriever, Gus. Once at work, I review my appointments for the day and tie up any loose ends with the team before patients arrive. My typical work day includes fillings, crowns, extractions, dentures, addressing emergency tooth aches or broken teeth, and exams. After work, I enjoy going for a walk or bike ride, reading, and working on one of many projects.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I love the immediate transformation of taking a broken, sick, cavitated tooth and restoring it to health and beauty within the matter of an hour or two. Another favorite part of my job is helping a patient conquer their dental anxiety – nothing is better than hearing a patient say after an appointment “well that wasn’t so bad!”

How do you spend your free time?
Kurt and I were both born and raised in this area and enjoy spending time with our amazing families! We also enjoy traveling, playing with our goofball Gus, golfing, watching the Twins, and attending concerts and sporting events. Kurt plays amateur baseball for Meire Grove, so every Sunday throughout the summer my family and Kurt’s family cheer on the Grovers!

What’s on your summer reading list?
Bet, by our very own EPG member Casey Gordon!

How has Next Monday been of value to you and/or your career?
I have never been surrounded by so many high quality, intelligent, loving, and supportive women. Everyone has highs and lows in their careers and personal life, and now I have a trusted group to celebrate the highs with, and seek advice and support in the lows. This quote sums it all up perfectly: “If we surround ourselves with people who are successful, who are forward-moving, who are positive, who are focused on producing results, who support us, it will challenge us to be more and do more and share more. If you can surround yourself with people who will never let you settle for less than you can be, you have the greatest gift that anyone can hope for.” I am so blessed to be a part of Next Monday.

What are you looking forward to at the Women of Influence Summit in September? 
I am looking forward to seeing women come together in support, love, and acceptance of one another. If we can put aside all of our self-created barriers for one day and allow ourselves to soak up all the love in the room, we will be one step closer to reaching our fullest potential in life.

What are you hoping to share with fellow attendees at the Women of Influence Summit?
I am hoping to connect with other women who are experiencing  a common struggle many of us face but rarely talk about.  I want the attendees to know that they should NOT put unnecessary pressure on themselves to abide by society’s expectations and cookie-cutter timeline for women. Life shouldn’t have a generic outline which everyone needs to follow – you have chosen your path for a reason, so trust yourself!

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 18?
Lighten up, girlfriend! Let loose, be goofy, embrace your quirks, forget ‘the norm’, and enjoy living in the here and now. It’s ok to plan and set goals, but you will miss out on life’s spontaneous joys if you are always trying to achieve the ‘next step’ in life.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
The Greek Islands. I have never been more in awe of earth’s natural beauty and history than when I was in Santorini, Mykonos, and Tinos.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
I inherited my great grandma Elsie’s gold ring engraved with an ‘E’ when she passed away.  She was an amazing woman who was well ahead of her time.  She was orphaned as an infant, put herself through college and nursing school in the 1920’s, worked not only as a nurse but also a farm wife, raised two incredible sons, and was a beloved grandma and great grandma.  I often imagine the things this ring has seen and the life it has experienced while on my great grandma’s finger.

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