ADA Speaker Brings Best of Both Worlds to Celebration of Women in Dentistry

Posted on June 2, 2016

PITTSTON, PA — June 1, 2016 —  Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi isn’t just newly elected to the board of the American Dental Association – she’s a periodontist whose inspirational tale encompasses success across two distinct cultures and languages.

As welcome speaker for The Lucy Hobbs Project™ 4th Annual Celebration that will honor exemplary women in the dental community later this week in Dallas, Texas, she brings the best of both worlds.

“As women we naturally carry many responsibilities,” Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi says. “I hope that, as Lucy Hobbs did, I leave my footstep in the sand by encouraging other women to run independently for leadership roles at the national level.”

She references the project’s namesake Dr. 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.

Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi embodies that potential, able to draw on her own story to inspire young women looking to pursue a career in dentistry. Now a periodontist in private practice in Miami, Dr. Marron-Tarrazzi hails from Venezuela; she received her DMD in 1996 from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. Four years later, she graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a master’s in science and a certificate in periodontology. (In 2003, she earned a DMD from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.)

The Lucy Hobbs Project 4th Annual Celebration will begin Thursday evening, June 2 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218 and continues Friday, June 3 at the Hyatt Regency, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75207. Events are free to attend, but registration is required, at: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2016/

"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 event keynote speaker Libby Gill, a renowned presenter who inspires established and emerging leaders to increase passion in their organizations.

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: Joyce Bassett, DDS, FAACD, FAGD, Arizona, Col. Theresa S. Gonzales, Ret., DMD, MS, MSS, South Carolina, Susan Maples, DDS, MSBA, Michigan, Kadambari ‘Kady’ Rawal, BDS, CAGS, Massachusetts, Pamela Schmidt, DDS, NMD, IBDM, Illinois, and Mary Teddy Wray, DDS, Maryland. Meet the winners in the summer edition of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine:

Throughout the two days, attendees will be hosted to events 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.  CE 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 who encourages people to embrace their passion and energy to get the job done.

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: https://www.nhsa.org/  and http://www.hsgd.org/.

To access details regarding these events or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com

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