#LHP19 Celebration will honor six women in dentistry and feature CNN’s Poppy Harlow

On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open. Click here.

When she’s not co-anchoring the weekday 9-11 a.m. ET edition of “CNN Newsroom”, Poppy Harlow hosts the CNN podcast “BossFiles with Poppy Harlow” with guests including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Melinda Gates. This fall in Chicago, the Emmy-nominated journalist (shown above, interviewing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six outstanding women in dentistry.

On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open. Click here.

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates the achievements of women in dentistry. 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 practice and themselves.”

Rachel Pugh, Branding and Communications Manager for Benco Dental


As a highpoint of the three-day event, The Project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession:


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

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, 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 Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work”.

Upcoming at The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, Illinois and included in the $199 ticket price:

  • Thursday, October 3: Afternoon reception and optional tours
  • Friday, October 4: Full day of panels, speakers and the Celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients
  • Saturday, October 5: Morning group yoga and healthy breakfast followed by give-back activity to benefit Let It Be Us, a nonprofit that finds homes for the 18,000 children living in Illinois foster care.
On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open.

To attend the 7th Annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry, host a regional event, or take part in a Lucy Hobbs Project YOU event at a dental school, contact Event Coordinator Ali Riviello at 570-602-7068 or ariviello@benco.com.

Free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project invites women in dentistry women to use their voices as a force for change. To learn more about previous winners of The Lucy Hobbs Project® Award, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.lucyhobbscelebration.com

Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster charted course for change. Dental leader dies at 80.

“Barrier breaker.”

The Washington Post aptly describes the first woman and first African American to serve as president of the American College of Dentists in a tribute to her passing.

Dr. Joan Bluitt Foster, 1938 – 2019

(Photo courtesy The Island Funeral Home)

Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80, according to the story.

Chicago Dental Society President Cheryl Watson-Lowry, the society’s second female African-American president, describes Dr. Bluitt Foster’s mentorship qualities in an obituary published in the CDS Review:

“As the first female and African-American female president of the Chicago Dental Society, Juliann Bluitt inspired me and countless others to pursue our dreams without limitation. She not only served as a role model to so many of us but was also a pioneer in multiple arenas.” 

After earning her dental degree from Howard University in 1962, she dedicated her professional efforts as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, then later joined Northwestern University’s dental school as a dental educator and assistant dean.

Bart Barnes illustrates in his story how Dr. Bluitt Foster “encouraged and supported an increase in the number of female dental students”.

“It was expected that women would not be good in operating a dental practice because they didn’t have business experience,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. “But women have been managing time, money and resources for years.”

Read more about Dr. Bluitt Foster’s early years in Washington and her legacy in dentistry: here.

Learn about her career in Chicago and achievements as the first female president of the Chicago Dental Society: here.

Meet (more than) a few incredible women in Lucy Hobbs Project History #WomensHistoryMonth

Thirty-one days. Not nearly enough time to spotlight every woman in history who has sacrificed, pioneered, challenged, innovated, mentored and made today possible.  Women’s History Month does provide the impetus to honor them,  learn more ( https://womenshistory.si.edu/   ) and most importantly, continue the path of positive reinforcement. The Lucy Hobbs Project does this through the community of dentistry.  Annually, […]

Her-story: Tufts dental student honors the legacy of perseverance that inspires

Dedication and gratitude — qualities Youstina Youssef, a dental student at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine says the white coat she wears in the photo above, signify in her life.

“This white coat symbolizes not only my dedication to this profession, but also my gratitude for strong women who continue to push forward regardless of the walls set against them,” Youstina says.

“If you know me, you know that this photo here speaks wonders to my soul. On my left, the woman (Gehan Elsousi) who bore me, brought me into this world and introduced me to life. On my right, the grandest of mothers (Gamalat Tadrous). The one who helped raise me, helped mold me into the woman I am today. The tears that run down their faces are ones I’ll treasure for the rest of my days.”

A D.M.D. candidate in the class of 2020, Youstina shares her story #lhpshareyourstory and the legacy of determination that led her to the profession of dentistry.

“I imagine Lucy Hobbs experienced a similar sensation becoming the first female to graduate from a dental school. She was denied and rejected from numerous opportunities solely based on her gender. Yet, she relentlessly pursued her goal.

My story bears a similar spirit. My mother is a single mother. She sacrificed her comfort in Egypt to move to America and give me the best life she possibly could. Soon after marrying and having me in Egypt, she moved to the States with my father who had been living here. Unfortunately, she was sent back to Egypt to stay with her family not too long after for “financial reasons”.”

‘Stranded in a new land’

Youstina describes the intimidating path her mother Gehan Elsousi faced back then.

“Upon her return to America, she was not received at the airport, which left her stranded in a new land, with no knowledge of the English language or American culture, but most importantly, with a child in her arms. She picked herself up from rejection and pushed on.”

Her grandmother Gamalat Tadrous is no less heroic.

“Years later my grandmother decided to make a similar move and left behind her husband and five of her children to help raise me while my mother worked to support us. These two women have taught me a great deal about sacrifice and have ingrained in me the power of perseverance.”

Thankful for a welcome into the world of dentistry

Youstina received her invitation to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine less than 24 hours before orientation from Dr. Jeanette Sabir-Holloway, the school’s director of outreach, recruitment and admissions.

Her reaction:

“Teary-eyed and full-hearted, I packed my bags and set off to chase my childhood dreams. And for that I say from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

Lucy Hobbs Project- Dr Jeanette Sabir Holloway
Dr. Jeanette Sabir-Holloway, as featured in Incisal Edge winter edition as the 2018 Lucy Hobbs Project Mentor Award recipient. (Incisal Edge/Alonso Nichols)

Share a Lucy Hobbs Project Award nomination

Nominate before April 26 deadline: https://www.judgify.me/LHP-nominations2019

Annually, Benco Dental pays tribute to the first woman in the U.S. to receive a dental degree – Dr. Lucy Hobbs — by honoring six pioneering women in the dental profession with an award created in her name: The Lucy Hobbs Project™ Awards.

At Benco’s annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration (Save the Date for October 3 – 5, 2019 in Chicago!), the dental community is invited to honor award recipients in six categories:

  • Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change,
  • Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in dentistry,
  • Mentor: An advisor who recognizes the importance of supporting, educating and encouraging others,
  • Innovator: A groundbreaker who demonstrates a willingness to implement new technologies and business processes without fear of potential failure,
  • Humanitarian: An altruist who works tirelessly for a cause that benefits the well-being of others, and
  • Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and integrates them into patient care.

Individuals and organizations are invited to submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted.

Nominate before April 26 deadline: https://www.judgify.me/LHP-nominations2019

March is Women’s History Month 

As Dr. Jeanette Sabir-Holloway and Youstina Youssef have shared their stories, so have many others in celebration of Women’s History Month. Learn more here: https://womenshistory.si.edu/

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

 

 

 

Benco Dental to host 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project celebration this fall in Chicago

Public invited to free Meet-up tonight at Riff Music Lounge; Nominations open for Project’s Awards The Lucy Hobbs Project® will host a Meet-up, an evening of cocktails and networking, tonight, February 21 at the Riff Music Lounge, 2239 South Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60616. All are welcome. Tonight’s free event will spotlight details […]

02.07 in Columbus? Join Dr. Phing Saurer & Lucy Hobbs Project for education, empowerment

February event addresses The Opioid Crisis: What We Don’t Fix Cannot Heal and honors 15 support specialists A few days remain to nominate dental support specialists local to Columbus, Ohio for an upcoming honor. The support team surrounding a dentist is critical for creating success in the practice. The Lucy Hobbs Project, powered by Benco […]

Tufts student who shared her story prepares for ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ journey

As Joyce Forbes, 24, prepares for an adventure this week that will take her 3,000 miles from her studies at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, her enthusiasm is contagious. “It’s hard to verbalize my excitement! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am overjoyed. Overall, I have a strong feeling of gratefulness that […]