2012 Annual Report President’s Letter
Two thousand twelve was a truly transformational year for the HBA. It was a year in which we made rapid and significant progress toward our goal of becoming the most engaging and most trusted organization in the world for talented, collaborative businesswomen with shared motivation to advance their careers and shape the future of healthcare—and for the companies that support them.
Backed by the dedicated leadership of our incredible board, staff, chapter leaders and volunteers, we built the strategic foundation and infrastructure for an innovative growth model that will allow us to empower more women as business and thought leaders in the rapidly changing healthcare industry.
In 2012, we:
• Expanded our reach to individuals and companies from more diverse backgrounds, sectors and geographies through focused external communications efforts and the launch of regional Letter From the President chapter models, first piloted by the HBA Southern California chapter.
• Invested in and diversified our offerings to ensure that our programming remains relevant, engaging and accessible—including launching a series of virtual on-demand programs and webinars and partnering with 2011 Woman of the Year (WOTY) Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall on her Make Your Mark! publication.
• Launched a new corporate partner program enabling companies to select offerings that best meet their needs and interests.
• Launched on-demand training programs for our volunteers and instituted annual chapter-level volunteer recognition awards.
Our early success is evident in our double-digit membership growth, highest membership satisfaction scores to date, tens of thousands of attendees at nearly 300 events, enduring corporate partner relationships, thousands of engaged volunteers and several industry awards.
As we look back on 2012, we will remember it as a year of investment and engagement in which we took the bold steps toward transformation and laid the foundation for our future.
Buket Grau, 2012 HBA president