NOT EVEN THE upcoming Midwinter Dental Meeting, dare we say, can possibly compete with the three-day Lucy Hobbs Celebration, the annual gala celebrating the achievements of women in dentistry, held in Chicago this past October and cohosted by Cameo Dental Specialists.
The seventh annual event, held at The Blackstone, honored six pioneering women from around the country and featured panel discussions, seminars, guest speakers and “Mind+Body+Soul”
workshops to help attendees achieve their ideal, if elusive, work-life balance. (Pro tip: A visit to Anish Kapoor’s gleaming “Bean,” at right, can be as therapeutic as a tub soak, in our experience.)
Among the panelists were CNN Newsroom anchor Poppy Harlow, as well as a number of industry luminaries. This year’s beneficiary organization, meanwhile, was Let It Be Us, a nonprofit group that works to benefit foster children and parents in Illinois. thelucyhobbsproject.com
Trail Blazer | Chris Dower
The personal and the professional blur for Benco Territory REPRESENTATIVE Chris Dower—and he Wouldn’t have it any other Way.
DENTISTRY RUNS IN THE FAMILY for Benco Dental’s Chris Dower. He and his wife, Dr. Darcy A. Wakefield, are business partners in her Cambridge, Ohio, practice. Dower, who has been a Territory Rep for Benco for 16 years, brings to his work both a passion for dental innovation and a commitment to education.
Dower has watched his wife’s successful dental career firsthand. “I’ve been lucky to work alongside her for 15 years to build her practice into what it is today,” he says. “She’s able to share with me the challenges she faces as a dentist, business owner, wife and mother to our two children. I can connect with her colleagues, and she’s able to connect with mine to deliver the best patient care. It’s a unique, special relationship.”
He puts his own experience to work for customers in one of Benco Dental’s largest territories, encompassing West Virginia, eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Kentucky. His infectious love for dentistry and its life-changing impact drives his desire to help his doctors achieve more.
In the past four years alone, Dower has personally helped place in jobs more than 200 graduates of the dental schools of West Virginia University, Ohio State, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Kentucky. He’s Benco’s WVU representative and collaborates closely with the school, its students and faculty—and he’s currently working to bring a Lucy Hobbs event there.
“Lucy Hobbs was a trailblazer and an ultimate leader for women in dentistry,” he observes. “Like her, I try to lead by example with my peers. I’m honored merely to be associated with the Lucy Hobbs Project, and grateful beyond words for 16 years in dentistry that have been rewarding and memorable.”
Lucy Hobbs was a trailblazer and an ultimate leader for women in dentistry. Like her, I try to lead by example with my peers.”
The Kids Are All Right
Illinois foster-children nonprofit Let It Be Us
was this year’s Lucy Hobbs beneficiary.
KIDS COMING OUT of the hospital. Kids who have never celebrated a birthday with loved ones. Kids requiring foster parents who know sign language. Kids simply in need of love and hope. There are 18,000 children in the foster system in Illinois, and the beneficiary organization for the 2019 Lucy Hobbs Celebration, held last October in Chicago, was Let It Be Us, a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping those needy youngsters.
Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Barrington, a northwest Chicago suburb, Let It Be Us helps build bridges between would-be foster parents and the children who might make an excellent fit in their homes. Attendees at this year’s Lucy Hobbs Celebration in Chicago helped benefit the organization. Want to do the same? Please visit LetItBeUs.org.