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Celebrating 10 years of HBA Europe

The year getting ready
It all started mid 2006 in a meeting with some of the brightest female executive minds in the industry.

We’d met to consider how to create a network of successful female leaders and ultimately identify the incredible impact this could have on the wider landscape by giving us the opportunity to share our experiences, mentor and support each other and shape inspiring stories from our community.

Amy Rojas, Florence Manger, Friederike Sommer and Daria Blackwell, among others, rose to the challenge to lead this idea from conception to reality. With no specific knowledge in the area, we set about building our community spurred on by belief in ourselves that we would make it happen and the empowerment and trust from our sponsor.
A crucial year to lay the foundations for what was to come...

We introduced the HBA Europe affiliate at an event called “Unleash your potential” in Luzern, Switzerland. Hugely successful with 120 participants from 40 companies and 7 countries, this meeting was our major achievement.
The founding board of directors from the 2006 HBA Europe affiliate included:
  • Chair: Amy Rojas
  • Treasurer: Florence Manger
  • Secretary/director, senior advisory: Ulrika Hagle
  • Director, membership: Barbara Gerber
  • Director, prgrams: Peggy Grueninger
  • Director, publicity/marketing: Annelie Stapela
The year we were officially recognized as a chapter. After months of sleepless nights and busier days, we developed from scratch a specific non-for-profit business structure, built a team of amazing volunteers, identified a driving board, developed a vision, strategic objectives, conceived events and installed a number of marketing and communication activities. All for the very first time in Europe with many countries and even more languages.
The 2007 board of directors included:
  • Acting president: Florence Manger
  • President-elect and treasurer: Florence Manger
  • Secretary: Julie Ellis
  • Director, membership: Barbara Gerber
  • Director, marketing: Diana Barkley
  • Director, program facilitation: Friederike Sommer
  • Director, senior advisory: Helen Clarkson
  • Director, public relations: Jo Filshie
  • Director, corporate sponsorship: Florence Manger
Later in the year, it was time to Introduce the HBA Europe chapter to a wider leadership audience and together with the INSEAD leadership team, ”Healthcare 2020” meeting was born: a three-day event in Fontainebleau, France. With this we reached another major milestone and confidence continued to grow throughout our community. 

At this point we were all hugely motivated and rapidly growing with no intention of slowing down. We met and partnered with many and wonderful leaders, welcomed anyone who came to us with new ideas and passion for what they do. Doing this enhanced our own personal growth, breaking barriers and creating deep and long-lasting business relationships and friendships. Even though operating in what was still a very conservative business environment, we knew we were setting the foundation for a long-lasting platform.
Don't miss our presentation at the HBA European Leadership Summit in London as we look back at how it all started, recount our journey to where we are today and let us ensure HBA Europe continues to do so with the strongest impact, most forward-thinking Innovation and biggest Inclusion possible.
Friederike Sommer
SVP, BENCH International
Florence Manger
CEO, INNOTIO & Publitio GmbH
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