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Heads of state, legendary mob bosses and treasured artwork
Aptly named “The Hotel of Presidents,” this historic Chicago hotel has hosted several heads of state, including Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.
The hotel also had a notorious streak, as it was favored by legendary mob bosses “Lucky” Luciano and Al Capone. It’s been said that Al Capone held meetings while getting his haircut in the windowless barbershop at The Blackstone.
Rivaling the most prestigious Chicago art museums, The Blackstone’s art collection is one of the city’s treasures. With over 1,600 works, primarily created by local artists, the collection includes pieces that not only conjure up Chicago past and present, but also evoke this legendary hotel’s regal architecture.
When you browse the selection of works, you can almost hear the sounds of Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Nat King Cole through the halls. On permanent display throughout guest rooms, meeting rooms, and public spaces, our art collection is an extension of The Blackstone’s role as a Chicago cultural icon.
Enjoy one of the city’s most intriguing art collections during your stay, and come away with an enriched perspective of Chicago.
Dr. Betsy Carmack has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her accomplishments. She and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack run four dental offices in Bennington, Rutland and Shaftsbury, Vermont and carve out time for humanitarian outreach, family and other passions in life.
One that has always been central to Dr. Betsy Carmack’s life: Sports. Her childhood days were filled with everything from gymnastics, dance and cheer to basketball, softball, track and swimming.
However, as Betsy entered her teen years, she knew she could only focus on one or two sports. Ultimately, she made the choice to continue her cheerleading and gymnastic careers, and competed in both sports throughout all four years of high school.
Betsy continued her cheerleading career at the collegiate level when she attended Vanderbilt University to earn her undergraduate degree.
Academics win the race
Dental school brought about quite a change in Dr. Carmack’s life; as someone who was always involved in athletics, attending Tufts University School of Dental Medicine meant that she had to dedicate the majority of her focus on academics.
It wasn’t until 2010 that Dr. Carmack got involved in competitive athletics again. Having just moved to Connecticut and preparing for her upcoming wedding, she began to work with a trainer at a local gym.
It was there that she was introduced to head trainer Sherry
Carature and several other women who were prepping for an upcoming fitness
Getting back into the game
Dr. Carmack was not only attracted to the idea of getting involved in a sport again but also the opportunity to bond and make some new friends, which she was able to do right away.
“I was immediately drawn to and inspired by Sherry and connected seamlessly with the other girls,” Dr. Carmack said.
After going through the group training, Dr. Carmack competed in her first fitness show, Fitness Atlantic, in April 2010.
Even though she did not place in the show, Dr. Carmack said that she cherished the experience because she made a ton of new friends and fell in love with the sport’s contagious energy.
Time off pays off
Dr. Carmack had to take some time off from bodybuilding and fitness shows once she and her husband, Dr. Tyler Carmack, welcomed their two children to the world. However, once they settled into their new roles as parents, Dr. Carmack was inspired to return to the sport once again. This time around the results were a bit different.
In 2014, Dr. Carmack re-entered the fitness competition world, and she was eligible to compete in the Master’s Division.
Being in this division allowed Dr. Carmack to compete against women who faced similar life situations and circumstances. Eager to compete once again, Dr. Carmack trained for and placed 4th in the Green Mountain Thaw, an all-natural bodybuilding competition hosted in Vermont.
Dr. Carmack returned to the Green Mountain Thaw in 2018, and all of her hard work paid off, earning her the 1st place spot in the Open Tall Division and the Overall Bikini Division.
These two victories meant that Dr. Carmack received a World Beauty Fashion and Fitness (WBFF) Pro Card, along with a spot to compete in the World’s Competition in Las Vegas that August.
To prepare for this competition, Dr. Carmack completed more advanced training than ever before. At the WBFF World’s competition, Dr. Carmack not only bonded with many other like-minded fitness women from all over the globe, but also had the honor of finishing 9th worldwide in her first Pro Fitness Show.
Training behind the scenes
As if the weightlifting didn’t seem challenging enough, Dr. Carmack also took several other steps to prepare for each of her competitions.
“In bodybuilding, half of the difficulty is training your body through weights and cardio, along with knowing your angles and poses. The other half is training your mind, self- discipline and determination.”
Dr. Betsy Carmack
With such a tight schedule as a dentist, mother and humanitarian, Dr. Carmack acknowledged how difficult it is to stick to a diet when training. She often ate six meals a day, all of which consisted of vegetables, proteins, and carbs. On top of all of that, she drank a gallon of water a day, at minimum.
Goal-oriented and determined, Dr. Carmack used her objectives and desired results as the drive to keep her on track when her training challenged her. Overcoming obstacles like time constraints, energy shortages and doubt was easy once she pictured herself on stage competing.
By keeping her goals at the forefront of her mind, Dr. Carmack was able to shrink the troubling obstacles she faced, allowing her aspirations and dreams to shine through.
Life outside of the fitness world
At present, Dr. Carmack is taking time to focus on her family life and her career. She is currently receiving training on dental implants and advanced surgical techniques from the Misch International Implant Institute.
Despite her busy professional and home life, Dr. Carmack still makes time to work out five to six days each week and has enrolled in a few trail races this summer. Dr. Carmack hopes to make a return to the competitive world of bodybuilding once the timing is right for both her family and her career.
Want to start your own fitness journey?
As for her advice to fitness challenge newcomers, Dr. Carmack urges anyone considering it to just go for it.
“Whether it be running, dieting, lifting or walking, find a challenge and sign up! Decide, commit, succeed.”
Dr. Betsy Carmack
Just as Dr. Carmack first began training with a group of her friends, it may be beneficial to find a training partner to make a set, recurring schedule. Dr. Carmack relied on her own accountability and determination to achieve her training goals and urges everyone else to do the same.
“Keep your head in the game and your body will follow.”
The Lucy Hobbs Project hosts an annual celebration that encourages dental professionals to become a part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry.
At this year’s event, the 7th annual celebration of women in dentistry, Cameo Dental Specialists is partnering with Benco Dental to host at The Blackstone Hotel on October 3-5 in Chicago, Illinois.
A national initiative, powered by Benco Dental and free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession through networking, innovation and giving back. It pays tribute to the legacy of the first woman to earn a dental degree in the U.S.: Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor. When she was refused admission to dental school in 1859 because of her gender, Lucy persevered (read her inspirational story here). This pioneering spirit fuels the Project, and its members to drive dentistry forward. The annual celebration will not only help attendees grow individually, but will also help dental teams grow together.
On the fence about registering? You’ll be able to make a concrete decision after reading the next 5 reasons to register for this year’s Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration.
Dental professionals from all over the country attend the three-day celebration. Attendees can learn from and network with peers to gain insight. Participants have the opportunity to take part in activities in line with this year’s theme “Mind+Body+Soul —Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work“, hosted at The Blackstone, a location outside of the typical professional environment to encourage the creation of long-term bonds.
2. Giving Back
The Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration not only offers attendees the opportunity to better themselves and their dental practices, but also allows them to give back to those in need. Through a collaboration with the non-profit organization Let It Be Us, those at the event will have the chance to take part in a give-back activity aimed to help find homes for the 18,000 children living in foster care across Illinois.
Cameo Dental Specialists joins Benco Dental in hosting this year’s celebration. Cameo Dental Specialists includes practices located across Illinois. Its doctors and highly trained staff always strive to provide exceptional care to their patients in the most comfortable environment.
Dr. Vladana Babcic, of Cameo Dental Specialists, will participate as a guest panelist at the Celebration in October and share advice gained from working in the dental profession and offer words of encouragement to attendees.
CNN anchor Poppy Harlow will be this year’s featured guest. When she’s not co-anchoring the weekday 9-11 a.m. ET edition of “CNN Newsroom”, she 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 will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six outstanding women in dentistry. Attendees will be inspired to maintain a positive mindset while striving for their long-term career goals and balance professional growth with a fulfilling family life. Harlow’s passion for life is sure to spark initiative within participants.
Among attendees will be six exemplary women in dentistry who will receive awards that highlight their perseverance and dedication to the profession. These awards shine light on their unique accomplishments. This year’s winners will be honored at a celebratory ceremony:
Industry Icon Award, Linda Miles, Speaker, Consultant, Author, AskLindaMiles.com, Estero, Florida
Clinical Expert Award,Deborah V. George, DDS, Executive Vice President and Chief Dental Officer, Jessie Trice Community Health System, Miami, Florida
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.
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, […]
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.
“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.”
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.
Members of an initiative that supports women in dentistry are invited to give back this month. The Lucy Hobbs Project members are invited to help the Keep A Breast Foundation™ during the month of February with the purchase of dental products. With Valentine’s Day in mind, The Lucy Hobbs Projects shared an offer to its members […]
“THE 2018 AMERICAN Association of Women Dentists conference, held over three days in early October in lovely Savannah, Georgia, was titled “Proper Positioning: Align Yourself for Success”—and scores of female dental colleagues from around the country gathered to network, collaborate, grow, refresh—and, yes, align themselves for even greater achievements still ahead.” So says Dr. Kady Rawal […]
What an amazing day it was at The 6th Annual Lucy Hobbs Celebration in San Francisco. From inspiring keynotes and breakout sessions, to food, fun and new friendships, outstanding women in dentistry were the toast of the town! Lending a new perspective to the profession, women continue to impact dentistry in ways that transcend the […]
Have you been thinking about embracing change at your dental practice and creating opportunities for success through digital dentistry? Maybe you’ve taken the leap but you’re not sure you’re on the right path. Do you need a digital roadmap or efficient treatment protocol tips? Perhaps you’re on board, but your staff requires additional training and […]