Strong female leadership, for one.

In Greek mythology, 12 deities (five female!) guided the universe from Greece’s Mount Olympus. Artemis (shown), the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, moon and archery, illustrated strength of will and self-confidence.


Patricia Blanton, DDS, PhD

Next week in Charleston, Patricia Blanton, DDS, PhD, will reference the archetype in her discussion of women in dental leadership roles during an event that spotlights just that.

The Lucy Hobbs Project,  which empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back, will host a celebration at The Francis Marion Hotel on September 22. During the event, attendees will earn CE credits while Dr. Blanton presents “Artemis in the 21st Century”.

Dr. Blanton, who was recently named interim dean of  James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at Medical University of South Carolina, will reflect on how the increased numbers of women in leadership roles in the healthcare fields has the power to change the current system.

The concept, suggested most recently by Susan Blumenthal, former Deputy Assistant for Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, challenges that we will need a legion of women leaders to chart the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the challenges and opportunities facing dentistry today
  • Examine the role of leadership and ethics in facing these challenges.
  • Discuss historical precedents in leadership
  • Acknowledge dentistry’s changing demographics
  • Consider barriers to the advancement of women in the profession
  • Devise an algorithm to overcome these obstacles

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Giving back is one of three pillars within The Lucy Hobbs Project, and this year the Project is partnering with the National Head Start Association. In lieu of an event registration fee, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable, healthy snack Sept. 22 event, which will be donated to the local Head Start Program of Charleston. 

The event will honor two recipients of The Lucy Hobbs Project Award, 2016 Industry Icon Theresa Gonzales, DMD, MS, MSS, and 2015 Woman to Watch Amanda Seay, DDS. Named for Dr. Hobbs, who in 1866 became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, the Project’s annual awards celebrate industry professionals for their distinctive talents.