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Standing ovations. Inspirational messages. Philanthropic opportunities. From emerging leaders and industry icons to mountain movers and up-and-comers, The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration shines a light on exemplary women in the dental profession. Crowds gather to witness outstanding dental talents celebrate their day in the sun. Honorees speak from the heart about passion for their profession, causes close to their heart, and outstanding networks of support.


    • #MotivationMonday Dr. Marsha Gordon and Associates of Allentown, Pennsylvania grew up in Virginia where she recalls it was "a little bit lopsided as far as how many females were in dentistry" - about 10 in her class and the first women were in her school. How did she respond when people didn't react well to that change? "You have to learn to pave your own way. I really wanted to be a dentist, I didn't want to be a female dentist ... I wanted to be counted as one and the same."
She offers advice for today's #womenindentistry: "Listen to the voices you want to hear.... listen to yourself. The naysayers can be wonderful motivators."
Her inspirational message was shared with attendees at the 7th annual  The Lucy Hobbs Project  hosted by Benco Dental & @CameoDentalSpecialists Oct. 3-5 in Chicago.
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    Benco's initiative, helping women in dentistry succeed, is 10,000 members strong. Its namesake -- the first U.S. woman to earn a dental degree.


    • “Thank you for organizing an absolutely fantastic Lucy Hobbs Celebration! I truly enjoyed learning from and amongst some pretty amazing women. Every aspect of the program was perfectly executed.”

      —Kimberly A. Raleigh, R.D.H., M.H.S.A.

    • “When an event runs as smoothly as the Chicago Lucy Hobbs Celebration and conference did, it means so much planning and effort went on behind the scenes. Thank you for everything!”

      —Susan R. Dolan RN, JD, Business Manager Cameo Dental Specialists LLP

    • “Thank you for hosting such a fantastic event! It was such an honor to be recognized for the work we do and it was so inspiring to hear about what other women are accomplishing in the dental profession.”

      —Charmaine Ng, DMD | Dental Director HealthRIGHT 360 Integrated Care Center, San Francisco

    • “I have attended two LHP annual celebrations and each time the events broadened my horizons with well planned team building, practice management and leadership talks. It never ceases to amaze me how women continue to play such diverse and significant roles towards the progress of our profession and LHP made me feel so proud to be one of them.”

      —Kadambari Rawal BDS, CAGS, FASGD

    • “From where I’m standing the future of dentistry looks very bright.”

      —Dr. Pamela Schmidt, DDS, NMD, IBDM

    • “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”

      —Julie Radzyminski, Director of Professional Relations, Benco Dental

    • “I can say that last night I met some of the most amazing women I’ve ever come across in dentistry, and it feels so good.”

      —Dr. Kendra S. Schaefer DMD

    About Lucy Hobbs

    First Female Dentist

    At age 26, Lucy Hobbs decided she wanted a career change. She had been teaching for ten years and felt a strong desire to pursue her true passion – dentistry. Sounds reasonable, right? However, this was 1859 and female dentists simply didn’t exist. Hobbs was promptly refused admission to dental school because of her gender.  Undeterred, she convinced a professor from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery to accept her into their program. In three short years, Hobbs opened her own practice, was professionally recognized and allowed to join the Iowa State Dental Society. Hobbs was a true trailblazer who paved the way for other women’s success.

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