Thirteen-year-old McKenzie Laity of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, sat down for a quick interview at the Benco Dental home office during today’s Bring Your Child To Work Day. when parents host their kids at the office to expand their career horizons.
Originally called Take Our Daughters to Work Day, according to www.marketplace.org, the event was founded in 1993 by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women. The day’s official title was changed in 2003 to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Though McKenzie, who visited Benco along with her brother Connor, 15, is the first in her family to aspire to become a dentist, there’s a connection to the profession through her dad, Brian Laity, the OneVisit™ Experience Manager for digital dentistry at Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor.
McKenzie also cited her mom Jennifer as a role model behind her passion to pursue dentistry.
“My mom is an Occupational Therapist. She teaches people how to walk, and she inspires me every day to help other people,” McKenzie says.
McKenzie’s career thoughts began as early as sixth grade when she was considering becoming a doctor. The now eighth grader – an honors student – says she works hard, but she ran into one problem: she doesn’t like blood. She decided the field of dentistry might be a better fit.
McKenzie is determined to continue earning good grades throughout school, become a pediatric dentist, and even start her own practice.
Who knows, maybe one day she will be a recipient of a Lucy Hobbs Project Award. With McKenzie’s motivation and determination, we’d say she’s off to a good start – she even flosses every day!
The Lucy Hobbs Project, powered by Benco Dental honors the first woman in dentistry. Lucy Hobbs was born in 1833 and was denied admission to dental school because of her gender. She eventually learned dentistry as an apprentice and graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, and became the first licensed female dentist in 1866.
Know an Inspirational Woman in Dentistry?
Tomorrow is the last day to nominate an outstanding woman in dentistry for a 2018 Lucy Hobbs Project Award prior to the deadline tomorrow, Friday, April 27.
Award categories include:
Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change in the industry
Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in the dental industry
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 charity or cause that benefits the well-being of others
Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and adeptly integrates them into patient care.
If you know someone who fits the criteria above, click here to nominate her today.
Mark your calendar to attend this year’s celebration September 13 to 15 in San Francisco.
Nominate today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LucyHobbsProjectAwards