September 2015 Newsletter

  • October 20, 2015
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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.
We also recently launched our newly-designed website. If you haven’t yet, check it out!
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!

Celebration Photos!
To see all of the photos from our 3rd Annual Celebration,
visit our Facebook page!

Networking News
Interested in attending an upcoming networking event?
Here is a list of our fall events!
10/29/2015     Madison, WI
11/13/2015     Abington, PA
To register, contact Benco customer service @ 1-800-462-3626 and
reference item #4905-953
For additional information, visit or email

Recent Events!

The Lucy Hobbs Project/Penn Dental Women’s Networking Event

– Philadelphia, PA
On September 10th, we co-hosted a networking event with the Penn Dental Women’s Network at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Attendees earned one CE credit for Donna Yanus’s presentation on “Yoganomics for Dental Professionals”. Attendees also donated articles of clothing to Dress for Success. In total, three boxes of clothing were donated.
The Lucy Hobbs Project presents Liz Murray
– Pittston, PA
On September 2nd, we hosted Liz Murray at the Benco Headquarters.
Liz, was the keynote speaker at our 2nd annual celebration in Orlando, FL. She will speak to attendees about how she overcame adversity and made it “From Homeless to Harvard”. This presentation was part of Benco’s “Mission, Vision, Values”.
The Lucy Hobbs Project/Benco Dental Sixth Annual Bike Run– Naperville, IL
On June 26th, employees of Benco Dental held the Sixth Annual Lucy Hobbs Project/Benco Dental Bike Run in Naperville, IL. Proceeds from the event went to Give Back a Smile, a non-profit organization.
An Evening of Networking & Wellness – Troy, NY
On June 11th, we hosted an evening program at Hudson Valley Community College. Sacha Burn, associate ergonomist at HumanScale, provided attendees tips on better ergonomics. Todd Cohen presented networking techniques. Attendees also gave monetary donations for the American Cancer Society, totaling $1,000+!

Giveback News

So far, in 2015 our Giveback includes…

a $1,000 donation and 14 boxes of clothing to Dress for Success Worldwide from our 3rd annual celebration!

a $1,000+ donation to the American Cancer Society from our June 11th event at Hudson Valley Community College!

a $750+ donation to Give Back a Smile, from our June 26th Bike Run in Naperville, IL.

three boxes of clothing to Dress for Success from our September 10th event at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

Save the Date!
Our 4th Annual Celebration will be held on June 2nd & 3rd
in Dallas, Texas!
Nominations will be open in early September!
Check our website for more information!

Looking Ahead to 2016!
As we begin planning our 2016 events, we want to hear what topics are important to you!
Email the topics you are interested in to! The first 10 respondents will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card!

Interested in Blogging?

Want to share an experience, a perspective, etc.?
You can be one of our guest bloggers! You never know how your experience may help one of you peers.

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