Helen Eldridge, director of marketing research at Ortho Biotech Products LP
The success of the HBA is entirely due to the efforts of its volunteers, people who work hard and often behind the scenes. Anyone who volunteers knows that it can be an essential part of our development as workers, managers, parents or friends. Volunteering helps you learn to listen better and gain confidence in the ideas and wisdom of others.
We are pleased to honor our own year 2000 "Star Volunteer," Helen Eldridge. As 1999 chair of the research committee, Helen spearheaded HBA's landmark P.O.W.E.R. Study, "Perspectives on Workplace Environment Realities: A Study of Career Advancement in the Pharmaceutical Industry." A major undertaking, the study was conducted to help understand the subtle but significant nature of the "glass ceiling," and to give women information and insight to help them advance their careers. Helen's leadership of the HBA Research Committee provided invaluable feedback on educational programs, as well as input from our membership each year.
Helen is an ideal volunteer. She can be depended on to deliver with enthusiasm and excellence in the true spirit of collaboration with her fellow HBA volunteers. It is no surprise that Helen was also named by Ortho Biotech as their "Rising Star" for 2000.
Today, Helen continues to help advance HBA's mission as the 2002 co-chair of the career development committee, she has been instrumental in reviving the CONNECTIONS Mentoring Program, which helps to facilitate mentor/mentee relationships between senior and junior women in the industry.