Anchored by keynote speaker Carey Lohrenz, the first female F?14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, the program also included recognition of six exceptional women as well as continuing education and professional development for attendees. The event is part of the larger Lucy Hobbs Project, a national, long?term program, founded by Benco Dental, which empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver results through three pillars: networking, innovation, and giving back.
Free to join, the project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry for networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events. The awards, named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, recognize professionals whose achievements mirror those established by Lucy Hobbs.
Dr. Hobbs was denied access to education based on her gender, but persevered to learn dentistry through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery. This year’s awards recipients include…
Mentorship Award: Dr. Luz Aguirre
Industry Icon Award: Dr. Esther M. Wilkins
Humanitarian Award: BB Maboby Bahadarakhan
Woman?to-Watch Award: Dr. Amanda Seay
Innovator Award: Dr. Lindsay Limbaugh
Clinical Expertise Award: Dr. Kendra Schaefer
“A vital part of KaVo Kerr Group’s mission is to inspire the best practices. We endeavor to deliver that inspiration through our wide range of best-in-class products, but also to discover it in people who are embodying innovation through their clinical practice and community service,” said Nicki Allen, director of product management for KaVo North America, Pelton & Crane, and Marus, who also attended the event. “It is also true that our customers our changing. 50 percent of graduating dentists are female. We partner with organizations such as The Lucy Hobbs Project to ensure that we understand the needs of female clinicians and develop outstanding products that meet those needs.”
To learn more and sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project, visit The Lucy Hobbs Project website at www.thelucyhobbsproject.com.