During the Philadelphia Tribune’s Women of Achievement Luncheon on Thursday afternoon, Dr. Kellyn Hodges told attendees that she felt like she was among royalty.
“I’m so very proud of you,” said Hodges of the women being recognized. “You’ve gotten where you are by work and favor. You’ve burned the midnight oil, you’ve taken risks, you sacrificed and you’ve made something out of nothing.”
Approximately 300 people attended the 11th annual event held at the Union League of Philadelphia, where the Tribune saluted 12 women who have made significant accomplishments in their careers.
“These women have made significant contributions to their respective organizations, but also to the communities for which they serve,” said Robert Bogle, CEO and President of The Philadelphia Tribune. “We honor and celebrate this prestigious group of women, their accomplishments and their unwavering commitment to achievement.”
Kafi Lindsay, a lawyer and the community development banking market manager for the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region of PNC Bank, served as the mistress of ceremonies, thanking the honorees for their talent and moxie in helping to pay it forward.
Hodges, a Philadelphia native and orthodontist, was the keynote speaker. She shared her story of working three part-time jobs at the beginning of her career.
“While my peers were in one posh setting four days a week learning one way, I was in three different settings learning three times as much becoming better, faster, sharper, smarter,” said Hodges, a graduate of Howard and Temple universities. “I began to get an inkling that if I could run around for these three sites for other people, then I could probably do it myself.”
She now owns five dental offices in the Philadelphia area alongside her husband Dr. Eric Hodges, an endodontist.
Hodges said she overcame being heartbroken and depressed to ultimately finding a different route to success by focusing not only on straightening teeth, but beautifying them, too.
“I took my place on the beauty team,” Hodges said. “I began to teach the value and the power of a beautiful and healthy smile.”
Hodges said she takes comfort in her faith, in being OK that everything won’t be perfect and in sometimes having to say ‘no’ to things.
“Here at the dawn of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment that giving women the right to vote, I know that our foremothers would be oh so proud,” she said.
The honorees are also featured in this month’s Tribune magazine, which comes out Sunday. Those women include Rashean Ramsue, Manager of Enterprise Operations at Amerihealth Caritas; Juliana Mosley, College Officer for Diversity and Inclusion at Chestnut Hill College; Teresa Ward-Maupin, Vice President of Customer and Digital Experience at Comcast Business; Julie Haywood, Senior Counsel for Independence Blue Cross; Charleeda Redman, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Jefferson Health; Ododo Walsh, Home Life Administrator in the Elementary Division at Milton Hershey School; Nancy Quiñones, Director of Human Resources at NBC10/Telemundo62; Stephanie Boyd, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Pennsylvania Convention Center; Julie Coker-Graham, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau; Jacqueline Hopkins, Director of EEO, Affirmative Action and Employee Relations at SEPTA; Althea Forbes, cage manager at Sugarhouse Casino; and Yvonne F. Roberts, director of the Philadelphia office of Triad Strategies.