To further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide.


To empower more women as business and thought leaders in healthcare.


The HBA accomplishes our mission by focusing on:

  • Networking forums to build relationships
  • Knowledge-sharing and access to thought leaders to broaden perspective
  • Educational programs to develop leadership skills and cutting edge industry knowledge
  • Recognition of outstanding women and companies to promote visibility of their achievements

The HBA has become a powerful instrument for effecting change, from advancing careers to maximizing personal potential.

HBA history

The HBA is in its fourth decade and now has more than 7,000 individual members and 100 corporate partners, the organization can look back with pride on decades of service to women in the healthcare industry. The HBA was formed in 1977 by five professional women in the Northeast area of the United States:

  • Diane Anderson
  • Peg Dougherty
  • Millicent Gryczka
  • Sheila Sinkking
  • Ruth Smith, MD

These founders recognized the need for women in healthcare to come together to exchange industry and career information and resources. They began informally, but meetings quickly grew in number and led to the establishment of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA).

Upon establishment of the HBA in 1979 as a non-profit, events were held in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. As members relocated and wanted the networking and skill-building programs offered only by the HBA, the association expanded to meet the needs of industry women across the country and around the world.

In 2000, the first HBA chapter was launched in Atlanta, followed by the San Francisco/Bay Area and Boston Chapters in 2001. In 2004, the Metro Chapter and three affiliates—Chicago, Indiana and Mid-Atlantic—were inaugurated as chapters. Today there are also chapters in Europe, Florida, Greater Philadelphia, Ohio, Research Triangle Park, Southern California, St. Louis and Texas.

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