Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration of Women in Dentistry to Honor Six in October

  • June 11, 2019
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PITTSTON, Penn.—This fall in Chicago, Emmy-nominated journalist Poppy Harlow will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six women in dentistry. On October 3–5, The Blackstone Hotel will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open.

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates the achievements of women in dentistry,” said Rachel Pugh, branding and communications manager for Benco Dental. “Our goal is to gather leaders in the profession to discuss relevant issues and overall well being. We want our guests to leave feeling uplifted, knowing they’ve gained insight to benefit their dental practice and themselves.”

The project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession:
• Industry Icon Award, Linda Miles, CSP, CMC, speaker, consultant, author,, Estero, Florida
• Clinical Expert Award, Deborah V. George, DDS, executive vice president and chief dental officer, Jessie Trice Community Health System, Miami, Florida
• Humanitarian Award, Tesa Jolly, DDS, Dr. Tesa Jolly Family Dentistry, Pulaski, Tennessee
• Innovator Award, Cathy J. Grinham, RDH, public health dental hygienist, Visiting Dental Associates of Massachusetts, Assonet, Massachusetts
• Mentor Award, Carole Ann Palmer, Ed.D., RD, LDN, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
• Woman to Watch Award, Charmaine Ng, DMD, Healthright360, San Francisco, California

Powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this national project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession—dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

Three days of events, with a focus on “Mind+Body+Soul,” will include panel discussions, continuing education credits, and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members—and all women in dentistry—to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work.”

To attend the 7th Annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry, host a regional event, or take part in a Lucy Hobbs Project YOU event at a dental school, contact event coordinator Ali Riviello at 570-602-7068 or

To learn more about previous winners of The Lucy Hobbs Project Award or to sign up, visit

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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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