In the spirit of recognizing that all dentists have vibrant lives outside the professional realm, Incisal Edge reporter Liz Diltz recently asked the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Project Award recipients to express their true passions. The magazine then captured them in a series of portraits, which can be viewed in the dental lifestyle publication’s summer edition, Incisal Edge: Summer Edition
Meanwhile, at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, at a June 4 reception to launch The Lucy Hobbs Project 3rd Annual Celebration – which honors six exemplary women in dentistry -attendees were invited to share their passions as well (with the help of The Lucy Hobbs Project and Benco Dental teams, and a few whiteboards.)
Dr. Mary Hartigan, the 2014 Industry Icon, shown with her husband Dr. Alan Fetner, classifies her passion as “Family! Work!” Dr. Hartigan attended the festivities with her entire dental team from Jacksonville, Florida.
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. Our third annual event began with the 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.
During the celebration, we 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 our 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 welcome speaker Desiree Walker, DDS, (a North Carolina dentist known for her multiple appearances on American Ninja Warrior, NBC’s extreme-obstacle competition), and 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.
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So far, it’s been a great 2015! We have more networking events scheduled throughout the remainder of the year (see below for details). And before you know it, it will be time to submit your nominations for the 2016 Lucy Hobbs Project Awards! Check our website for details!