Lucy Hobbs Project® Seeks to Recognize Dental Professionals

Posted on December 4, 2014

PITTSTON, PA — November 24, 2014 — From operatory to laboratory, a new generation of women is changing dentistry. The Lucy Hobbs Project®, powered by Benco Dental, aims to recognize these revolutionaries with six awards that celebrate their distinctive talents.


Slated to take place at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, June 4 - 5, 2015, the Lucy Hobbs Project® Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community will honor those who are setting new benchmarks in the dental profession and beyond. The annual event, named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, will recognize and award industry professionals whose achievements mirror those established by Lucy Hobbs.


Beginning now, through the January 16, 2015 deadline, Benco Dental encourages people across the country to nominate women in dentistry who they view as an inspiration to others. Six categories for consideration include:

1. Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change in the industry.

2. Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in the dental industry.

3. Mentor: An advisor who recognizes the importance of supporting, educating and encouraging others.

4. Innovator: A groundbreaker who demonstrates a willingness to implement new technologies and business processes without fear of potential failure

5. Humanitarian: An altruist who works tirelessly for a charity or cause that benefits the well-being of others.

6. Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and adeptly integrates them into patient care.


Individuals and organizations may submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted. Contest entrants are directed to the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Project® Awards Nomination Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHP2015


The Lucy Hobbs Project® empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back.Named after Hobbs, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. The project is free to join and offers networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events.


Among the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Award honorees are women whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades: Joan Austin (1931-2013); Karen Gear, DDS; Mary Hartigan, DDS; Maria Maranga, DDS; Terryl A. Propper, DDS, MS; Katti Webb Simpson, IPDH; and Kaaren G. Vargas, DDS, PhD. Learn about their contributions to the profession in dental lifestyle magazine, Incisal Edge: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/636592a9 - /636592a9/1

To learn more and sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit The Lucy Hobbs Project® website at: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com


About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distribution company 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.’ Over the past decade, Benco has been the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, now servicing more than 35,000 dentists and dental laboratories.

Within the past 84 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network of more than 65 regional locations, five distribution centers, and two design showrooms. Those design showrooms, one at the company’s PA headquarters and one in Southern California, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.

In addition to offering the market’s broadest choice of equipment and supplies, Benco features a suite of innovative material management tools like Painless, its industry-leading on-line inventory management system, and BluChips, dentistry’s original and most rewarding frequent buyer club. Through alliances with selected Success Partners, Benco also offers practice coaching, continuing education, equipment financing, and wealth management services.

Benco, which has been named one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for ten of the past 11 years, is proud to boast a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians.

For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.


About Lucy Hobbs

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.

To learn more and sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit The Lucy Hobbs Project website at: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com 

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