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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.


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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.


    • “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, Benco Vice President of Business Innovation

    • “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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