Benco Dental to host 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project celebration this fall in Chicago

  • February 21, 2019
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Public invited to free Meet-up tonight at Riff Music Lounge; Nominations open for Project’s Awards

PITTSTON, PA — February 21, 2019 — The Lucy Hobbs Project® will host a Meet-up, an evening of cocktails and networking, tonight, February 21 at the Riff Music Lounge, 2239 South Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60616. All are welcome. Tonight’s free event will spotlight details of the Project’s 7th annual celebration, which will convene at iconic downtown Chicago hotel, The Blackstone, 636 South Michigan Avenue, October 3 – 5, 2019.


Founded by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project is a national program focused on innovation, networking and giving back. Ten thousand members strong, the program helps women in all facets of dentistry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others – to use their voices as a force for change. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, who in 1866 became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, the Project offers free membership. To join, visit:


Those attending tonight’s Meet-up can expect free transportation from the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter meeting at McCormick Place West Building to Riff Music Lounge, 3rd Floor, 2239 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60616, along with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 8 p.m. Register today: Click to register.

I have attended two Lucy Hobbs Project 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 toward the progress of our profession. LHP made me feel so proud to be one of them,” said Kadambari ‘Kady’ Rawal, BDS, CAGS, FASGD, who earned the Lucy Hobbs Project Woman to Watch Award in 2016.


During its annual celebration, The Lucy Hobbs Project honors exemplary women in the dental community. Now, through the April 26, 2019 deadline, Benco Dental encourages people to nominate in six award categories:

  • Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change,
  • Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in dentistry,
  • 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 cause that benefits the well-being of others, and
  • Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and integrates them into patient care.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted. Entrants are directed to the 2019 Lucy Hobbs Project Awards Nomination form:
To learn more about the 7th Annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry, contact Event Coordinator Ali Riviello at 570-602-7068 or
About Benco Dental
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

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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 Project Awards Salute Six Women in Dentistry

  • February 7, 2017
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About half of today’s dental school graduates are women. But things were much different in 1866 when Lucy Hobbs graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery and became the nation’s first licensed female dentist. Benco Dental continues to remember this trailblazing practitioner with its Lucy Hobbs Project 5th Annual Celebration on April 27 and April 28 at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. During the event, the company will honor 6 of today’s groundbreaking female dentistry professionals. (more…)

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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.



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…

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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:

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:  and

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

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