The HBA ACE award

Submissions welcome

ACE Award logoInternal corporate initiatives that support women are no longer just a nice to have – they are a must to realize business performance results, including innovation and retention.

Join us for an informational webinar on the ACE award submission process

Learn about the criteria for this prestigious award by joining us for a complimentary one hour webinar with a special guest from Quintiles' Women Inspired Network (WIN), the 2013 ACE award winning initiative. The webinar will be moderated by Michelle Radney, senior director of established products at Eisai Inc.
To register, select webinar below:

March 18, 1 pm ET
March 20, 1 pm ET
March 27, 1 pm ET

Selection criteria and application

The ACE Award winner is selected via a rigorous and independent screening process against five criteria:

  • Measurable results and impact on target population
  • Degree to which it supports the overall business
  • Stewardship, or depth of commitment to the program
  • Effectiveness of the execution; and
  • Built-in sustainability

If you would like to learn more about the ACE Award process, please contact Marianne Fray. Application process found in the ACE brochure PDF icon.

To assist you in applying for the ACE award for your company’s initiative we have prepared three audio files of ACE submission tips from ACE winners. Click on the link to listen to:

ACE Bayer podcast - Best practices for award submission (MP3)

Ellen Browne, executive director of global IT at Novartis (MP3)

Arisa Batista Cunningham, VP of global diversity at Johnson & Johnson (MP3)

Debbie McCollough, senior director of business innovation at sanofi-aventis (MP3)

We recognize our 2013 ACE Award judges:
Deborah Coogan Seltzer, Life Sciences Practice, Spencer Stuart –ACE Award Judging Chair
Alexandra Jung, principal at Ernst & Young LLP
Paul Katz, MD, founding dean of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Kristi Raube, adjunct professor in the graduate program in health management at the Haas School of Business
William S. Sheldon, former president and COO of Eisai Inc., current member, board of trustees, Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wisconsin and the HBA’s first Honorable Mentor

ACE Award Winners

2013: Quintiles’ Women Inspired Network (WIN)

Quintiles’ Women Inspired Network, WIN, demonstrates excellence in business performance, stewardship, execution, sustainability and measureable results. Quintiles proves why internal corporate initiatives that support women are no longer just a “nice to have” – they are “a must” to realize better business results.

Quintiles’ WIN program works to establish a corporate culture that inspires women to be leaders. It fosters recognition that diverse leadership enhances business success and makes Quintiles an employer of choice for talented women in the healthcare industry. The network has grown exponentially over the past few years, spanning all segments of the organization and every corner of the globe, including Asia, Japan, Africa, India, Latin America, the U. and Europe. Quintiles offers unique opportunities for WIN members to discuss leadership through groups such as the WIN book club, coaching program and informal conversations with Quintiles leaders. WIN also partners with the HBA chapters for insight, benchmarking and programming ideas. 

“Winning the 2013 HBA ACE Award validates Quintiles’ significant efforts to foster the development of women leaders throughout our organization and the industry,” said Tom Pike, chief executive officer of Quintiles. “WIN is a very important part of the fabric of our organization and one of the great catalysts we have internally for leadership development. Women comprise about 65% of Quintiles’ population and we promote the idea that women innovate, achieve business goals and advance Quintiles’ industry leadership in every job throughout the company.”

2012: Cardinal Health Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)

Cardinal Health's WIN ACE awardWIN works to foster partnerships that help create a community of support and best practices for its female employees while creating a sustainable advantage for Cardinal Health. WIN is supported by an executive sponsor, steering committee composed of senior leaders from all business segments, an external coach and a dedicated program manager. The network has 2,000 men and women members throughout the company and offers mentor programs in all of its chapters. WIN also partners with highly regarded women's organizations for insight, benchmarking and programming. 

“It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts with the 2012 ACE award. As part of the overall Cardinal Health diversity and inclusion strategy, our Women’s Initiative Network has meaningful impact on the development of our leaders. We know that focusing on women and diversity is not only the right thing to do but it is also the smart thing to do – for our customers, our communities and our business,” said Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Segment of Cardinal Health.

 

 

Bayer Healthcare’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI)2011: Bayer Healthcare’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI)

The WLI was established and grew organically as a grassroots effort to foster women’s leadership at Bayer. It was not a company mandate or directive, rather it is an initiative that took hold as a result of a significant amount of time, energy and resources put forth by a small number of leaders. Today, the values of the WLI are becoming an integrated way of doing business for the organization—helping to shape organizational “thinking” with tangible and highly supported programs.

Bayer HealthCare’s WLI has a clear mission to “ignite the power of diversity by cultivating successful women leaders to strengthen business results.” The program provides networking opportunities, educational and mentoring programs, tools and other resources for female managers within the company. Its objectives are to identify talent within current organization while attracting top female talent; foster the advancement of women through targeted personal career plans, leadership skill building programs and support networks; and cultivate an environment and build competencies to ensure that high performing women have compelling reasons to stay and grow with the company.

The initiative has grown significantly throughout the past two years to become a value added resource for women within the company and is demonstrating clear success and business value in assisting women to move into more senior leadership positions within the company.

Read a profile of Tim Hayes, as he discussed the ACE award winning Bayer Healthcare WLI featured in HBA's media partner publicatoion MM&M.

2010: The WISE program from sanofi-aventis US

The WISE program from sanofi-aventis US won the HBA ACE Award in 2010. WISE -- Women Inspiring Sanofi-Aventis Excellence -- strengthens the “Advancement, Commitment and Engagement” of women inside the company. This internal women’s network with over 1000 members fosters the personal and professional leadership development of women working for the company. WISE - sponsored programs target a wide audience across different functions, locations, gender and levels within the company. sanofi-aventis US learned from HBA’s E.D.G.E. (Empowerment, Diversity, Growth, Excellence) Leadership study conducted in 2007 and directly linked them to the WISE Program: raising awareness about career advancement across the company; providing educational opportunities to develop skills; fostering mentoring and networking relationships; and leveraging internal and external resources for relevant skills building. Indeed, the success of the WISE program makes the business case for supporting leadership and diversity.

2009: Abbott’s Women Leaders in Action (WLA) Employee Network

In 2009 Abbott’s Women Leaders in Action (WLA) employee network was honored with the HBA ACE Award. Abbott's WLA has nearly 5,000 members from across the organization, and is led by an executive committee comprised of executive sponsors across all areas and functions of Abbott. This includes six corporate officers, the highest-ranking executive level at Abbott. The Abbott Executive Inclusion Council, chaired by company chairman and CEO, Miles D. White, also works in conjunction with the WLA executive committee, further demonstrating Abbott’s senior commitment. By focusing on career development, mentoring and informal networking, WLA and other Abbott employee groups expand opportunities for all employees to develop critical leadership skills.

2008: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Women’s Initiatives – EWIN/WIL

In 2008 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) was honored with the HBA Ace Award for the depth, breadth and global reach of its women's leadership programs — headquarters-based Empowering Women to Impact Novartis (EWIN) and its field force counterpart, Women in Leadership (WIL). EWIN, marking its fifth anniversary, and WIL, looking ahead to its 10th, began as grass roots initiatives, gaining the support of executive management and becoming part of the corporate culture as they grew. The judges saw the involvement of top-level executives and the accompanying commitment of funding, time and executive resources as critical to success. A key factor in the award was the incorporation of diversity benchmarks into the NPC performance management system.

2007: Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership Initiative

Johnson & Johnson's Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) was named as the first winner of the HBA's ACE Award. The WLI is a grassroots employee organization with 47 chapters worldwide and membership in all business segments of the company. Since the launch of the WLI in 1995, Johnson & Johnson has tracked significant increases in the numbers and percentages of women on the executive committee, among company presidents and managing directors outside the US, corporate officers, company group chairs, executive and director level women and those with both line and staff management positions.

For more information, contact Marianne Fray.

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