2023 International Women's Day: 8 March | HBA

2023 International Women's Day: 8 March

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the HBA
7 Hours of FREE virtual programming

(Non-member registration also available)

The HBA has always and will always #EmbraceEquity. In fact, that is what we’re all about — advancing women into positions of influence and decision-making to improve health equity and outcomes.

On #IWD2023 this 8 March, HBA members are invited to come together globally to power the possibilities through seven hours of virtual programming designed to empower you to:

  • Recognize the unique, valuable assets you bring to the causes of gender and health equity
  • Challenge assumptions and lead courageously
  • Confidently amplify your voice and bring others on board with your vision for the future

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with a like-minded network of visionary leaders intent on making the future more inclusive and equitable for all.


Snap, Share, Win!
#HBAIWD Selfie Station Raffle

The #IWD2023 Selfie Station is open now through midnight ET on 8 March.

Strike your very own #EmbraceEquity pose to celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality. Then, share your HBA pride in your social channels. It’s as easy as “Click, share, tag!

Five lucky members will be randomly selected to win a FREE ticket to the virtual 2023 Woman of the Year celebration. One lucky winner* will win the grand prize of a ticket to the 2023 HBA Annual Conference, 6-8 November in Chicago, IL.




8 March line up of virtual events. All sessions will be recorded and shared after the live event.

10:00 AM ET – Negotiating Equality – How to Stand Up for Yourself When Stakes Are High
Presented by HBA Midwest
This session will empower participants by sharing strategies and tactics for situations where you have to stand up for yourself. Learn how to prepare for high-stakes situations, how to communicate your goals with confidence, and how to confidently manage and overcome adversity. Aside from providing tangible knowledge, the session will include the insights of experienced leaders who have achieved success by standing up for themselves. 


  • Staci Jenkins

  • Wanda Mcclellan

  • Kimber Oliver

  • Tareka Wheeler

  • Fan Zhang

12:00 PM ET – Stay in the Game Leadership
Presented by HBA Southeast
Given the turbulence and noise of organizational life today, are you tough enough to be a ‘stay in the game leader’? Do you have what it takes to fight for equality: equality of opportunity, equality of support, equality of choice? Do you have the courage to find and use your voice to do whatever it takes to win your personal, your team’s, and your organization’s success? We invite you to join Lynda McDermott to answer these questions and become a stronger leader in 2023.


  • Lynda McDermott

1:00 PM ET – Navigating Commercial Career Pathways – Lessons from Diverse Women Leaders
Presented by HBA New England and the Commercial Affinity Group
The panelists for this session represent a diverse group of women with inspiring career backgrounds. There will be a moderated discussion about their career paths, mentors that helped facilitate their growth, and interesting stories that defined their successes and challenges they faced along the way. Their professional and individual journeys provide insights and guidance to inspire women in business to achieve their goals and learn how to navigate their careers. The event will end with a chance to speak to the panelist and other session participants; you’ll be able to ask questions, discuss challenges, and expand your network.


  • Shirin Ahmed

  • Naina Bhasin, PhD

  • Carla Brooks

  • Holly May

2:00 PM ET – Driving DE&I: Inclusive Workplace Strategies
Presented by HBA Pacific
This presentation is focused on helping organizations leverage inclusion to reap the benefits of diversity. Neuroscientific approaches to creating inclusion and building safe teams will be discussed, as well as methods that can help people understand the power of micro aggressions.


  • Shawn Andrews

3:00 PM ET – Enhancing Cultural Competency to Embrace Equality and Equity
Presented by HBA New York Tri-State
Today, enhancing and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of our minds — both in our professional lives and in our goals for how we want to influence the world around us. In this moderated panel discussion, you will hear stories from multiple influential leaders about their experiences in enhancing cultural competency. During a lively Q&A discussion, you’ll identify meaningful action items that you can incorporate into your personal and professional lives to embrace equality and promote equity.


  • Samar Noor

  • Vinessa Pearson, MS

  • Javeria Shahab, MPH

  • Mahlet Woldemariam, MS, MBA

4:00 PM ET – Coaching Essentials for Success Beyond the Concrete Ceiling
Presented by the HBA Women of Color Affinity Group
Whether you are a woman of color or an ardent and focused ally/sponsor for women of color, there are core solutions needed to help propel past the barriers, detours, and biases that stall careers. Attendees of this session will participate in an essential conversation about these challenges. Take away tips, tools, and career targeting prioritizations to take actionable steps to advance your career, break and respond to bias barriers, and embrace principled leadership focus.


  • Susan Childs

5:00 PM ET – DE&I Generational Progress and Perspectives
Presented by HBA Southwest
Women of all generations face equity issues and obstacles as they pursue their career goals. Whether it’s the glass ceiling, lack of access to resources, or other forms of discrimination, women have long faced challenges that are rooted in societal norms and expectations. Despite these limitations, women have continued to make strides in the workplace. You won’t want to miss this panel discussion featuring women of different generational perspectives as they discuss equity, obstacles they have faced and overcome, and what resources have been pivotal to their careers while sharing critical advice to guide success.


  • Amber Delaney, BSN, RN

  • Crystal Henderson, PharmD, BCPP

  • Jill R. Hanson, PharmD, MBA

  • Naomi Garcia Alvarez, Ph.D., MBA, LPC-S, LPCC

Thank you to our #IWD2023 sponsors!


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