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2018 HBA Annual Conference

When members of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association come together, it's with a shared purpose: to be

A United Force for Change

Join us this fall in the nation's capital where more than 1,000 healthcare and life sciences industry professionals will gather to:

  • build business connections for a sustainable leadership advantage
  • learn from thought leaders to broaden your perspective
  • expand your business acumen
  • support the HBA's mission to achieve gender parity in the business of healthcare


HBA is Proud to Announce the Addition of National Public Radio's (NPR) Mara Liasson to our Annual Conference Stage 

Mara Liasson

National Political Correspondent, NPR

This year has been a significant one for women in the workplace and women in politics. So it is fitting that this year's Annual Conference will take place in the nation’s capital, an appropriate and timely location to offer conference attendees a chance to hear one of NPR’s most savvy political correspondents share her take on what the mid-term elections mean for women in the workplace and gender parity in politics.

Opening Keynote Session

An experiential learning exploration that leverages the difference between “learning about” and “having an experience of” to create a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of effective leadership.  With a musical instrument provided for each participant to use during the session, this program uses rhythm and music as a metaphor to explore critical leadership competencies.  

Tuesday Lunch Keynote Speaker

Susan O'Connor
Mindfulness Guru
Being Resilient, no matter what comes our way, starts with giving ourselves the permission to access our innate resilient energy through self-awareness and mindset. We all know how challenging it is to take time to pause and tap into our resilience. What if we had the capacity to see things differently? Participants will be inspired to listen to their intuition, be present to what they can learn and follow the essence of their true self.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Lisa Bodell

Author, management consultant and futurist
Lisa Bodell believes in the power of simplification. She is the founder and CEO of futurethink, a company that uses simple techniques to help organizations embrace change and increase their capability for innovation.
We all love simplicity, but what does it really mean? Hear from Lisa on “Why Simple Wins”.


Breakout Sessions
Eight unique 60-minute sessions with issues running the spectrum from Starting Strong: Nailing the First 100 Days in Your New Leadership Role to Find Your Mojo and Leverage Your Superpowers.

Pre-Conference Seminars*
Gain maximum value of your conference experience by getting a strong start. Arrive early and leave with enhanced skills, greater confidence and new connections.
*Pre-registration and additional fees required.

HBA Innovation Stage
New this year! The HBA Innovation Stage, located in the Experience Hall, offers bite-sized engaging and relevant content. Stop by to learn how to navigate the Annual Conference, personal and professional development and other life hacks to enrich your conference experience.

Learn more by listening to a podcast with Shauna Aherne, conference chair, and Francie Rawlings, deputy conference chair.