CNN’s Poppy Harlow to help Lucy Hobbs Project honor six women in dentistry

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CNN’s Poppy Harlow to help Lucy Hobbs Project honor six women in dentistry

‘CNN Newsroom’ Co-Anchor Poppy Harlow also hosts the CNN podcast ‘BossFiles with Poppy Harlow’ featuring guests such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pictured at left with Harlow. This fall in Chicago, the Emmy-nominated Harlow joins The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six outstanding women in dentistry. (Photo: Provided by Benco Dental)
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Wed. 31 July 2019


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 such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and philanthropist Melinda Gates. This fall in Chicago, the Emmy-nominated journalist will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists to honor six outstanding women in dentistry.

From Oct. 3-5, the Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Ave., will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration. You can register at

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates the achievements of women in dentistry,” said Rachel Pugh, branding and communications manager for Benco Dental. “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.”

As a high point of the three-day event, the project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession. The recipients are:

  • Industry Icon Award — Linda Miles of Estero, Fla., speaker, consultant and author with
  • Clinical Expert Award — Deborah V. George, DDS, of Miami, executive vice president and chief dental officer with Jessie Trice Community Health System.
  • Humanitarian Award — Tesa Jolly, DDS, of Jolly Family Dentistry in Pulaski, Tenn.
  • Innovator Award — Cathy J. Grinham, RDH, of Assonet, Mass., public health dental hygienist with Visiting Dental Associates of Massachusetts.
  • Mentor Award — Carole Ann Palmer, Ed.D., RD, LDN, with the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston.
  • Woman to Watch Award — Charmaine Ng, DMD, of Healthright360, San Francisco.

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, who in 1866 became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, the project brings 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, C.E. 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 and Work.”

Events at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago included in the $199 ticket price are: Thursday, Oct. 3, afternoon reception and optional tours; Friday, Oct. 4, full day of panels, speakers and the celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients; and Saturday, Oct. 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.

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 at

Free to join, the national, long-term program supports the following pillars: innovation, networking and giving back.

To learn more about or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project, you can visit

Benco Dental, based in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is a privately owned dental distributor offering supplies, equipment and services. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company remains family owned with the mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” In 88 years, Benco has grown from one location into a national network with five distribution centers and three design showrooms.

(Source: Benco Dental)

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