Lucy Hobbs Project Salutes Six Women at Annual Celebration

Dentistry Today


The Lucy Hobbs Project will celebrate six women in dentistry this week in Chicago, October 3 through October 5 at the Blackstone Hotel. Benco Dental’s seventh annual celebration honors Lucy Hobbs, the first American woman to earn a degree in dentistry. Last minute registration is still available.  


“Each year, the Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates women’s achievements 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 practices and themselves.” 

With a focus on “Mind+Body+Soul,” the event will three 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.” Activities will support Let It Be Us, a nonprofit that supports the adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. 

Panel discussions will feature Dr. Vladana Babcic Tai, Dr. Carrie Etheredge, Amanda Frankini, RDH, Dr. Julie Arabia, Dr. Sheila Farahani, Dr. Betsy Carmack, and Nicole Zwiercan, RDH, as they share their insights. The Lucy Hobbs Project also will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in dentistry:

  • Industry Icon Award: Linda Miles, CSP, CMC, speaker, consultant, and author
  • Clinical Expert Award: Deborah V. George, DDS, executive vice president and chief dental officer of the Jessie Trice Community Health System in Miami
  • Humanitarian Award: Tesa Jolly, DDS, of Dr. Tesa Jolly Family Dentistry in Pulaski, Tennessee
  • Innovator Award: Cathy J. Grinham, RDH, public health dental hygienist with the Visiting Dental Associates of Massachusetts in Assonet, Massachusetts
  • Mentor Award: Carole Ann Palmer, EdD, RD, LDN, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston
  • Woman to Watch Award: Charmaine Ng, DMD, Healthright360, San Francisco

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