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Lucy Hobbs Project celebration to honor six women in dentistry

By Dental Tribune International
October 02, 2019

CHICAGO, U.S.: When Poppy Harlow is not co-anchoring the weekday edition of “CNN Newsroom,” she hosts the CNN podcast “Boss Files with Poppy Harlow,” on which her guests have included Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Melinda Gates. This fall in Chicago, the Emmy-nominated journalist will join the Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six outstanding women in dentistry from Oct. 3 to 5 at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.

“Each year, the Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates the achievements of women in dentistry,” said Rachel Pugh Blanchard, 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 have gained insight to benefit their dental practice and themselves.”

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, who, in 1866, became the first American woman to earn a degree in dentistry, this national project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession—dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

At the three-day event, the project will honor six women selected as award recipients for having set new benchmarks in the dental profession:

  • Industry Icon Award: Linda Miles, speaker, consultant, author and founder of, from Estero, Florida;
  • Clinical Expert Award: Deborah V. George, Executive Vice President and Chief Dental Officer, Jessie Trice Community Health System, from Miami, Florida;
  • Humanitarian Award: Dr. Tesa Jolly, Dr. Tesa Jolly Family Dentistry, from Pulaski, Tennessee;
  • Innovator Award: Cathy J. Grinham, public health dental hygienist and Executive Director of Visiting Dental Associates of Massachusetts, from Assonet, Massachusetts;
  • Mentor Award: Prof. Carole Ann Palmer, Head of the Division of Nutrition and Oral Health Promotion, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, from Boston, Massachusetts; and
  • Woman to Watch Award: Dr. Charmaine Ng, founding director of the dental program at HealthRIGHT 360, from San Francisco, California.

In addition to the award ceremony, a major part of the meeting will focus on mind, body and soul and 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 their personal best balance, at home and work.

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