NOW BEGINNING ITS fifth year, The Lucy Hobbs Project — whose namesake became the first American woman to earn a dental degree when she did so in 1866 — has become a year round extravaganza that celebrates and promotes the interests of women in dentistry. Lucy Hobbs events across the country help women in our profession drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Recent gatherings — in Charleston, South Carolina; Colorado Springs; Las Vegas; and San Diego — brought together hundreds of industry leaders. For more information, to join The Lucy Hobbs Project (it’s free!) or to nominate someone for a 2017 Lucy Hobbs Award, please visit


CHARLESTON: MUSC Dental students with Dr. Blanton and Col. Gonzales. LAS VEGAS: (from left) Dr. Pamela Caggiano and Benco Dental’s Shar Wilkerson; (from left) Dr. Tina Brandon Abbatangelo, Southern Nevada Dental Society president, with SNDS executive director Jessica Beason and member Jessica Layton. COLORADO SPRINGS: (from left) Benco’s Landon Lueck, Alan Cox and Danielle O’Dell with the University of Colorado’s Dr. Nina Polok; Premier Dental’s Quiara Neam; presenter Dr. Emily Batson; and Benco’s Kathleen Bird. SAN DIEGO: (from left) Benco’s Kari Taylor; presenter Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus; ADA past president Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, who hosted the event; San Diego County Dental Society president Dr. Misako Hirota and the organization’s Dr. Malieka Johnson; and Benco’s Kathleen Bird; the San Diego attendees.