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Lucy Hobbs Project Women in Dentistry Column

  • March 17, 2017
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Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Marzban for the initial “Female In Dentistry Column in DentalTown Magazine”

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Lucy Hobbs 5th Annual Celebration welcomes Robyn Benincasa as our Key Note Speaker

The Lucy Hobbs Project is very excited to announce that Robyn Benincasa – World Champion Adventure Racer, Triathlete and Best Selling Author will be the Key Note Speaker for the 5th Annual Celebration.

 

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Robyn will entice us all to become better leaders, better team mates and better overall individuals with high pumping presentation.  Following in the steps of previous Lucy Hobbs Key Note Speakers, Robyn will take all that she has learned as a World Champion Adventure Racer and transform it into how we can incorporate these lessons in our daily practice.

Save the date for the 5th Annual Celebration – April 27th & 28th at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.  Registration and winners will be announced shortly.

For more information on Robyn click here… http://robynbenincasa.com/

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‘Freedom, flexibility, power’ for women in dentistry: 3 reasons to celebrate with The Lucy Hobbs Project

  • May 2, 2016
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PITTSTON, PA — April 19, 2016 —  In the words of Libby Gill, The Lucy Hobbs Project™ 4th Annual Celebration is “shaking things up.”

As keynote speaker for the event that will honor exemplary women in the dental community June 2 and 3 in Dallas, Texas, Libby Gill, shares this message.

“What the Lucy Hobbs Celebration event does is tell women that we’re shaking things up. Women united like this have a strong voice,” said Gill, a renowned speaker who inspires established and emerging leaders to increase passion in their organizations.

“Women in dentistry are healers, and they increasingly have the opportunity to go into business for themselves. There can be a lot of fear about that, but it comes with so much more freedom, flexibility and power.”

After nearly 20 years in senior communications roles at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Gill is now CEO of executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. Her proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process inspires people to maximize their “Leadership DNA.”

“If you look at the women who have made it to the top of corporate America, it’s not an easy row to hoe. But the Lucy Hobbs Project gives, young women especially, a real sense that there’s hope for them as they enter the workforce,” Gill added.

The celebration will begin Thursday evening, June 2 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218 and continue Friday, June 3 at the Hyatt Regency, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75207. Events are free to attend, but registration is required at:

https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2016/

With a network of more than 9,000 members, The Lucy Hobbs Project’s commission to select six honorees each year for the distinction of Exemplary Women in the Dental Community is no easy undertaking. This year, celebration attendees will be awestruck by winners in the following categories: Clinical Expertise, Industry Icon, Mentor, Woman-to-Watch, Innovator, and Humanitarian. Among this year’s recipients are six pioneers for change, whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades: Joyce Bassett, FAACD, FAGD, Arizona, Col. Theresa S. Gonzales, Ret., DMD, MS, MSS, South Carolina, Susan Maples, DDS, Michigan, Kadambari ‘Kady’ Rawal, BDS, CAGS, Massachusetts, Pamela Schmidt, DDS, NMD, IBDM, Illinois, and Mary Teddy Wray, DDS, Maryland 

Throughout the two days, attendees will be hosted to events at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, including a Continuing Education opportunity, courtesy of Benco Dental and event sponsors: Crest, Oral-B, Engle Dental Systems, KaVo Kerr Group, Centrix, Hu-Friedy, Medicom and Sunstar.   

Continuing Education credits will be awarded, at no cost to attendees, via a presentation, “The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Attitude,” led by Robb Zbierski, a personal development instructor notorious for bringing fun to the forefront while also encouraging people to embrace their passion and energy to get the job done.

“What Lucy Hobbs went through, I think, was she just chose not to participate in the existing mindset and skepticism. There’s a lot of value in being mindful of the fact that the brain’s natural tendency is to look at the negative and get sucked in. Choosing not to participate in that is a big deal,” said Zbierski.

Talk about embracing her passion – the project’s namesake Lucy Hobbs, who when denied access to education based on her gender, persevered to learn dentistry through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.

Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project is a national, long-term program based on three pillars – networking, innovating and giving back.  This project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, the group offers networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events.

Each year The Lucy Hobbs Project collaborates with a national partner to give back, and for 2016, will help the National Head Start Association (NHSA) provide healthy snacks to children in need. The Give Back portion of The Lucy Hobbs Project 4th Annual Celebration will benefit Head Start of Greater Dallas. In lieu of a fee for this event, attendees are asked to donate non-perishable, healthy snacks.

Committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life, the NHSA provides opportunities that lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. For more information about the NHSA or Head Start of Greater Dallas, visit their websites at: https://www.nhsa.org/  and http://www.hsgd.org/.

To register for The Lucy Hobbs Project 4th Annual Celebration, visit:

https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2016/

To access details regarding these events or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com

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Lucy Hobbs Project announces 2016 honorees

  • March 14, 2016
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PITTSTON, PA — March 14, 2016 —  With a network of more than 9,000 members, The Lucy Hobbs Project’s commission to select six honorees each year for the distinction of Exemplary Women in the Dental Community is no easy undertaking.

This year, when The Lucy Hobbs Project® lauds these award recipients during its 4th annual celebration, to be held June 2 and 3 in Dallas, Texas, attendees will be awestruck by winners in the following categories: Clinical Expertise, Industry Icon, Mentor, Woman-to-Watch, Innovator, and Humanitarian.

Though best known for the monumental stride made for her gender in 1866 — earning the first dental doctorate — what Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor did in the years that followed deserves equal time in the spotlight. Mentoring, establishing a network of support for others in her situation, and persevering in the face of all obstacles also contributed to Dr. Hobbs’ legacy. Likewise, common denominators exist among the 24 women – 18 past honorees and 6 new winners –  celebrated with an award that bears her name. Their dental excellence commands respect, and their ability to lead, teach, innovate, and drive change inspires amazement.

Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project is a national, long-term program based on three pillars – networking, innovating and giving back.  Named after Dr. Hobbs, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. The project is free to join and offers networking opportunities, educational programs and charitable events.

Its annual celebration takes the opportunity to honor those who in some way have helped lead the charge for women in dentistry and embody the project goals. Among this year’s Lucy Hobbs Award recipients are six pioneers for change, whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades:

  • Joyce Bassett, FAACD, FAGD, recipient of the Clinical Expertise award, studied biology as an undergrad at the University of Toledo at age 16, and entered the College of Dentistry at Ohio State by 19. Without skipping a beat, Dr. Bassett opened a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, with its focus on complex rehabilitation cases. Voted among the Top 5 Female CE Educators, this national lecturer and published author founded the Women Teaching Women Cosmetic Learning Facility, which has been an adjunct teaching site for the Arizona Dental School. The state’s only accredited Fellow in The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Bassett recently earned the appointment of President for the organization.
  • Theresa S. Gonzales, Ret., DMD, MS, MSS, recipient of the Industry Icon award, continually enlightens her students as Director of Orofacial Pain Management and Professor of Oral Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina – James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. Daily, she calls on the vast knowledge amassed during a distinguished career in active federal service with the U.S. Army Dental Corps. A Diplomate of the American Boards of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Forensic Dentistry and Forensic Examiners, Col. Gonzales most recently shared her vision with the Office of the Army Surgeon General. A dynamic lecturer who winds humor into dental education, Col. Gonzales has authored 50-plus scientific publications and is the recipient of the International College of Dentists Award for Excellence in Research, the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Surgeon General’s A designator for clinical excellence.
  • Susan Maples, DDS, recipient of the Mentor award, educates dental groups throughout the country, transferring expertise gained under the most renowned teachers in her field and at her practice of 30 years in Holt, Michigan. With her work in advanced dental restoration and innovative total health implementation strategies, Dr. Maples combines her love for dentistry and her passion for health. She is instrumental in positioning the dental profession to play a major role in the pending health care crisis. In the hopes of discovering pre-diabetes and diabetes sooner in the patient population, Dr. Maples recently was published for a study, Diabetes Detection in the Dental Office. Originator of the Hands-On Learning Lab™ Kit for children, Dr. Maples is recognized nationally for making a significant difference in children’s oral and physical health. In her own office, she individually mentors her patients toward health and has inspired dozens toward a career in dentistry.
  • KadambariKady’ Rawal, BDS, CAGS, recipient of the Woman-to-Watch award, provides dental care to her patients at the Faculty Practice of Boston University Dental Health Center. Passionate about geriatric dentistry, she also provides dental treatment to the elderly living in long-term care housing in the Boston area. Dr. Rawal earned her BDS degree from D.Y. Patil University School of Dentistry in Mumbai, India, and later joined Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM), where she graduated from the AEGD residency program and where she currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor. She is the faculty mentor for the American Association of Women Dentists’ Chapter at BUGSDM and also represents the Women in Dentistry Committee on the board of the Boston District Dental Society. As an advocate for BUGSDM’s Women-to-Women program, she conducts monthly oral screenings for homeless, abused women in Boston and has also conducted dental outreach programs for women living within the red light districts of India.
  • Pamela Schmidt, DDS, DNM, IBDM, recipient of the Innovator award, has a commitment to providing a holistic and whole body health approach to patients in her Rockford, Illinois dental practice. Certified in integrative biologic dental medicineand board certified as a naturopathic physician, Dr. Schmidt has been instrumental in changing dentistry, from being one of the first female dentists in Rockford to utilizing ozone therapy and introducing safe mercury removal protocol.  Hers was the first dental office in Illinois to feature a mercury containment system, which ensures the waste is removed to a treatment plant and is not toxic to the environment.
  • Mary Teddy Wray, DDS, recipient of the Humanitarian award, empowers her team with knowledge and confidence as owner and CEO of a dental practice in Bel Air, Maryland. In addition to inspiring with her clinical expertise, she demonstrates by example another vital ingredient in the formula for success: giving of oneself for a greater good. A graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry, Dr. Wray contributes as an active member of 10 professional associations. She dedicates her personal talents and resources to create safe havens and provide free dental services for victims of assault and abuse, as well as members of the homeless, elderly, and disabled populations. Her committed efforts help sustain more than 20 charitable organizations within her community and across the globe. 

To learn more about the The Lucy Hobbs Project® and its  4th annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com

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Lucy Hobbs Project® Seeks to Recognize Leaders in Dentistry

  • November 9, 2015
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Nominations underway; 4th annual celebration June 2-3, in Dallas, Texas, will honor women who inspire change from the laboratory to the operatory.

PITTSTON, PA — November 5, 2015 — Revolutionary. Pioneer. Changemaker. Terms that define Dr. Lucy Hobbs, the first American woman to earn a degree in dentistry, also describe the modern women in today’s dental community who are recognized annually by The Lucy Hobbs Project®.

Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project® is a national, long-term program based on three pillars – networking, innovating and giving back.  Named after Hobbs, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. The project is free to join and offers networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events.

Today, Benco Dental invites nominations for 2016 The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community.

Benco Dental will host The Lucy Hobbs Project 4th Annual Celebration in Dallas, Texas, on June 2 and 3, 2016. The schedule will include one CE, a keynote speaker and lunch. Please visit The Lucy Hobbs Project website for more information.

During the celebration, The Lucy Hobbs Project will honor women who are setting new benchmarks in the dental profession and beyond. Now, through the January 15, 2016 deadline, Benco Dental encourages people across the country to nominate women in dentistry who they view as inspirations to others. Six categories for consideration include:

  • Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change in the industry.
  • Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in the dental industry.
  • Mentor: An advisor who recognizes the importance of supporting, educating and encouraging others.
  • Innovator: A groundbreaker who demonstrates a willingness to implement new technologies and business processes without fear of potential failure
  • Humanitarian: An altruist who works tirelessly for a charity or cause that benefits the well-being of others.
  • Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and adeptly integrates them into patient care.

Individuals and organizations may submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted. Contest entrants are directed to the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Project® Awards Nomination Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHP2016Nominations

Among the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Award honorees are women whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades: Dr. Luz Marina Aguirre, New York, NY, Dr. Lindsay Limbaugh, Huntsville, AL, BB Maboby Bahadarakhann, Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Kendra S. Schaefer, Madison, WI, Dr. Amanda Seay, Mount Pleasant, SC, and Dr. Esther M. Wilkins, Boston, MA. Read about their contributions to the profession in dental lifestyle magazine, Incisal Edge: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/10683ba7 – /10683ba7/1

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Extreme Inspiration: ‘Ninja’ Dentist, Fighter Pilot Address Top Women in Dentistry

  • August 18, 2015
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PITTSTON, PA — August 18, 2015 — At their seats in the audience, Carla Rawheiser, R.D.H. and her daughter Becca, 21, clasped hands and shared smiles. The impetus: During an acceptance speech, Lucy Hobbs Project Innovator Award recipient, Dr. Lindsay Limbaugh, had just publicly thanked her mother Marsha Miller, with whom she had traveled more than 11 hours from their home in Alabama.

“I think Lucy Hobbs would be extraordinarily proud of my mom,” said Dr. Limbaugh. “I can still hear my mom’s little voice in my head saying ‘Do it the right way the first time.’ I’ll do my best to honor Dr. Lucy Hobbs with this award.”

The themes of gratitude, passion and determination recurred throughout the two-day fete of exemplary women in dentistry, held June 4 and 5 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Lucy Hobbs Project® third annual event began with an evening at the National Museum of Dentistry and culminated with the recognition of six exemplary women in the dental community.

Mentors and students, mothers and daughters, clinicians and their teams were among the 110 attendees networking, sharing experiences and discussing challenges and the transformations they inspire. The 2015 Lucy Hobbs Award Winners include:

* Woman To Watch Award – Dr. Amanda Seay, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina,

* Innovator Award – Dr. Lindsay Limbaugh, Huntsville, Alabama,

* Mentor Award – Dr. Luz Marina Aguirre, New York, New York,

* Humanitarian Award – BB Maboby Bahadarakhann, Newport Beach, California,

* Industry Icon Award – Dr. Esther M. Wilkins, Boston, Massachusetts, and

* Clinical Expertise Award – Dr. Kendra S. Schaefer, Madison, Wisconsin.

Esther Wilkins, BS, RDH, DMD, accepted her Industry Icon award virtually from her home in Boston, blocks away from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, from which she graduated in 1949. At 98, the author of Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist continues to share knowledge amassed throughout a legendary career.

Welcome speaker Desiree Walker, DDS, (a North Carolina dentist known for her multiple appearances on American Ninja Warrior, NBC’s extreme-obstacle competition) offered a tribute to the project’s namesake, who in 1866 became the first American woman to earn a dental degree.

“Lucy Hobbs ran toward her fears. She not only transformed herself, she transformed the whole world of dentistry.”

Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project® is a national, long-term program based on three pillars – networking, innovating and giving back.  Named after Hobbs, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. The project is free to join and offers networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events.

During the celebration, The Lucy Hobbs Project® capped off a year of giving back with a $1,000 donation to Dress for Success Baltimore, along with 14 boxes of clothing donated by Benco Dental associates at the company’s home office in Pennsylvania, CenterPoint East.  Throughout the year, at Lucy Hobbs Project networking events, hundreds of pieces of clothing were collected to support Dress for Success affiliate locations nationwide.

The room resonated with stories of journeys of courage and pioneering spirit, from continuing-education presenter and motivational speaker Dave Weber to keynote speaker Carey Lohrenz, the U.S. military’s first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot. Julie Radzyminski, Benco Dental’s director of business innovation and the coordinator of the Lucy Hobbs Project, had a simple appeal for the attendees: “Let these stories inspire us,” she said.

To access details regarding these events or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com

To view images of the celebration, visit: https://www.facebook.com/the.lucy.hobbs.project

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First Female Fighter Pilot, Dental Changemakers Share Stage at Benco Celebration

  • February 13, 2015
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PITTSTON, PA — February 13, 2015 — Overcoming obstacles, reducing errors, and succeeding under pressure — fighter pilots and dental industry professionals share more in common than one might expect.  At the upcoming The Lucy Hobbs Project® 3rd Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community, outstanding leaders in both fields will share the stage in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as lessons learned on their paths to success.

As keynote speaker for the June event, Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, will describe her journey of fearless leadership as a pioneer in military aviation.  Her story serves as a contemporary parallel to Lucy Hobbs, who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. Dr. Hobbs was denied access to education based on her gender, but persevered to learn dentistry through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.

“Often times you are told no… we’ve never done it that way, it’s not going to change.  Well, you know what? Sometimes you’ve got to just keep pushing on the system. Because the system told me for years ‘There is no place for you here,’ and you have to keep pushing and saying ‘I’m going to find a way,’” said Lohrenz. “Sometimes you just need to step out and do it. You need to get your gear on and get in the cockpit. No matter how many people tell you no or that it can’t be done or we’re not doing this… go out and do it.”

On June 4 and 5 at The Lucy Hobbs Project® 3rd Annual Celebration, the awards, named for Dr. Hobbs, will be presented to honorees in the industry who help lead the charge for women in dentistry and embody the project goals. Created by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project® empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Free to join, the project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry  — dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others — for networking opportunities, educational programs and charitable events.

“The highlight of the celebration, to me, is always the award winners. Hearing their acceptance speeches, experiencing the powerful nature of their words is uniquely inspiring,” said Julie Radzyminski, Director of Business Innovation for Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States.Complete profiles of the 2014 honorees are featured in Incisal Edge, a lifestyle magazine for dental professionals, which can be accessed at this link:
http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/636592a9.

Throughout the celebration, attendees will be hosted to events at the National Museum of Dentistry and Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, including a Continuing Education opportunity, courtesy of Benco Dental and event sponsors: Kavo Kerr Group and P&G Crest + Oral B. Presenters will include keynote speaker Lohrenz, educator Dave Weber, and practitioner and American Ninja Warrior contestant, Dr. Desiree Walker.

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Lucy Hobbs Project Seeks to Recognize Dental Professionals

  • November 24, 2014
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PITTSTON, PA — November 24, 2014 — From operatory to laboratory, a new generation of women is changing dentistry. The Lucy Hobbs Project, powered by Benco Dental, aims to recognize these revolutionaries with six awards that celebrate their distinctive talents.

Slated to take placeat the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, June 4 – 5, 2015, the Lucy Hobbs Project Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community will honor those who are setting new benchmarks in the dental profession and beyond. The annual event, named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, will recognize and award industry professionals whose achievements mirror those established by Lucy Hobbs.

Beginning now, through the January 16, 2015 deadline, Benco Dental encourages people across the country to nominate women in dentistry who they view as an inspiration to others. Six categories for consideration include:

  • Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change in the industry.
  • Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in the dental industry.
  • Mentor: An advisor who recognizes the importance of supporting, educating and encouraging others.
  • Innovator: A groundbreaker who demonstrates a willingness to implement new technologies and business processes without fear of potential failure
  • Humanitarian: An altruist who works tirelessly for a charity or cause that benefits the well-being of others.
  • Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and adeptly integrates them into patient care.
Individuals and organizations may submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted. Contest entrants are directed to the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Project Awards Nomination Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHP2015The Lucy Hobbs Project empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Named after Hobbs, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. The project is free to join and offers networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events.Among the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Award honorees are women whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades: Joan Austin (1931-2013); Karen Gear, DDS; Mary Hartigan, DDS; Maria Maranga, DDS; Terryl A. Propper, DDS, MS; Katti Webb Simpson, IPDH; and Kaaren G. Vargas, DDS, PhD. Learn about their contributions to the profession in dental lifestyle magazine, Incisal Edge: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/636592a9 – /636592a9/1To learn more and sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project, visit The Lucy Hobbs Project website at: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com

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Lucy Hobbs Project Event to Benefit YWCA of Nashville

  • October 2, 2014
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PITTSTON, PA – October 2, 2014 – The Phoenix. A butterfly. These mythological and natural beings undergo remarkable transformations, much like clients of Smiles for Success and YWCA of Nashville 2616 who secure skills and dental care needed to gain employment in todays marketplace.

A Lucy Hobbs Project Give Back event scheduled to take place Friday, October 3, in Nashville, Tennessee, aims to inspire women in dentistry to encourage, uplift and assist other women in their communities to strive for success. Hosted by Benco Dental at Ellendales Restaurant, at 2739 Old Elm Hill Pike, from noon to 2 p.m., the event will offer a unique opportunity to become involved in making a change in someones life. Representatives from The YWCA of Nashville 2616 and Smiles for Success will discuss the programs they provide which help re-establish self-confidence in the lives of their clients.

A light afternoon luncheon will be available at the event. Members of the dental industry are invited at no charge, but each attendee is asked to bring a gently used outfit to benefit YWCA of Nashville 2616, an on-trend, exclusive retail boutique. For details regarding this event or to register, visit LHPnashville2014.eventbrite.com.

An entrepreneurial business, 2616 generates revenue to help fund the YWCAs much needed community services. Located at 2616 Gallatin Pike, in the heart of East Nashville, the YWCA of Nashvilles 2616 boutique features womens clothing, shoes and accessories.

Named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, The Lucy Hobbs Project inspires women in the profession to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Dr. Hobbs, denied access to education because of her gender, learned dentistry with the assist of a mentor, through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery. Free to join, the project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry. To sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project, visit: thelucyhobbsproject.com

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Exemplary Women, Empowering Speakers Highlight Lucy Hobbs Celebration

  • June 19, 2014
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The release below was featured in The Northeast PA Business Journal!

PITTSTON, PA – June 19, 2014 – Barely taking a break for breath during a courageous share session at The Lucy Hobbs Project 2nd Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community in Orlando, keynote speaker Liz Murray reaffirmed the underlying message of the event to her audience: Never underestimate your role as a mentor.

The author of New York Times bestseller Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, credited her adviser, the tenth in a string of teachers she approached for help, with empowering her to return to high school in the Bronx after a lifetime of chronic truancy. Then a homeless teen, Murray responded to a steady stream of challenges presented by her teacher to overcome paralysis by analysis and take immediate action to reach her goals and connect with those in her community.

Are you willing to do your part? asked Murray of the more than 150 in attendance June 6 at The Lucy Hobbs Project 2nd Annual Celebration. Her query resonated in the Osceola Ballroom at the Omni Championsgate, following the presentation of awards to seven women whose ongoing contributions to the dental industry illustrated an overwhelming yes.

Those who bear witness daily to the professional dedication of the honorees welcomed them to the stage, including colleagues, staff, friends and mentors.

The highlight of the celebration, to me, is always the award winners. Hearing their acceptance speeches, experiencing the powerful nature of their words is uniquely inspiring, said Julie Radzyminski, Benco Dental Director of Business Innovation.

She referenced this years Lucy Hobbs Award recipients: Joan Austin (1931-2013); Karen Gear, DDS, Vineyard Haven, Mass.;
Mary Hartigan, DDS, Jacksonville, Florida; Maria Maranga, DDS, Aquebogue, NY; Terryl A. Propper, DDS, MS, Brentwood, Tenn.; Katti Webb Simpson, IPDH, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine; and Kaaren G. Vargas, DDS, PhD., North Liberty, Iowa.

The awards, named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, recognize professionals whose achievements mirror those established by Lucy Hobbs. Dr. Hobbs was denied access to education based on her gender, but persevered to learn dentistry through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.

These seven honorees — pioneers for change — help lead the charge for women in dentistry and embody the project goals.Complete profiles of the honorees are featured in the summer edition of Incisal Edge, a lifestyle magazine for dental professionals, which can be accessed at this link: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/636592a9.
Coverage of The Lucy Hobbs Project 2nd Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community will appear in the fall edition of Incisal Edge, set to publish in September. For details, visit:
http://www.benco.com/incisaledge/

Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project is a national, long-term program which empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver results through three pillars: networking, innovation and giving back. Free to join, the project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry for networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events.

Representing the American Association of Women Dentists, Jennifer J. Cornell, DDS, accepted a $10,000 donation from The Lucy Hobbs Project to Smiles For Success, an organization that provides free dental work to women re-entering the workforce after surviving a personal setback.

Throughout the day, attendees were treated to professional headshots and three Continuing Education opportunities, courtesy of Benco Dental and event sponsors: KaVo Kerr Group, Crest, OralB, Heraeus Kulzer, OnPharma, Hu-Friedy, Microflex and Sunstar Americas Inc. Presentations in the areas of finance, trends in dentistry, and social media, were directed by Teresa Gast, CPA, Eric S. Solomon, DDS, MA, and Crystal Washington, respectively.

Hired by companies including Google, Microsoft and GE when they want their teams to take action online, author and internationally – acclaimed expert Crystal Washington tailored a discussion on social media specifically to the dental professionals in attendance. For those who participated in Orlando and want to continue the discussion, or professionals who were unable to attend, The Lucy Hobbs Project will offer a Virtual Innovation Meeting July 11 at 11 a.m.: Social Media Part II during which Washington will outline the cultures of the largest social networks and the best way to use them; discuss how age and other demographics affect your social media strategy and explain how those in the dental industry can best use her expert tips for increasing engagement.

Upcoming regional events in the marketplace include:

July 17 in Columbus, Ohio A Night of Wine and Laughter, featuring Laughing Yoga Instructor Gail Sky, to benefitDress for Success
July 30 in Sacramento, California Life and Work Balance, featuring Robyn Thomason, to benefit CDA Cares
July 31 in Reno, Nevada Destressing Your Office, featuring Rebecca Brown, Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, to benefit Second Chance Consignment Boutique
August 15 in Wilmington, Deleware Training Your Brain to Stay Sane, featuring Dr. Carmelina DArro, Dentist and Reikki Master, to benefit Dress For Success
August 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota Life and Work Balance, featuring Life and Business Coach Chris Naylor, to benefit Dress for Success
To access details regarding these events or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project, visit: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com
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Upcoming Events

The Lucy Hobbs Project 5th Annual Celebration and Reunion April 27th & 28th

April 27, 2017

The Lucy Hobbs Project is happy to announce that the 2017 Annual Celebration will take place on April 27th and 28th at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel! Remember this event is open to anyone in dentistry – male/female, dentists, staff, educators, students, reps, etc. To register: www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2017/ Registration closes at 3PM today.

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