Celebrating excellence: HBA’s WOTY event goes global

Carol MeerschaertEach May, for over a quarter of a century, the HBA has filled the largest ballroom in NYC to celebrate amazing women leaders in the healthcare industry. Over the years, we’ve heard inspirational stories of leadership, transformation and innovation. This year, we thank those attending the Woman of the Year (WOTY) event in person as well as those participating via satellite in Basel, Boston, Frankfurt, London, San Francisco and Tampa.

Our 2016 Woman of the Year, Jennifer Cook, head of pharma, region Europe for Roche, is someone we admire, want to emulate and draw inspiration from. Every day she lives the theme of this year’s event: “women leaders transforming the future.”

Our Honorable Mentor, Jacopo Leonardi, executive vice president and president, immunology at Baxalta, is a male leader lauded for helping women achieve their career potential via mentoring and sponsorship. His commitment to diversity is transforming the future of his company and our industry by bringing the best talent to the table.

Our STAR, Deborah Coogan Seltzer, director, enhanced search, North America, Spencer Stuart, has been an engaged member of the HBA since 1997. Her visionary leadership is evidenced by her contributions to the creation of the ACE award, co-founding the first HBA chapter in Atlanta, and serving on committees that have, and continue to, transform the HBA’s business structure.

Also honored at our WOTY event are almost 100 Rising Stars and Luminaries, designated by our Corporate Partners. Each is a woman to admire for her accomplishments and leadership. In the quest for gender parity, we sometimes hear there are not enough women ready for leadership roles. These 100 women are not only ready, they lead every day.

Thank you to all of our Corporate Partners and other companies that support this event through their generous sponsorship, which helps us continue to fuel our pipeline in pursuit of our mission and vision.

The HBA accomplishes its mission through strong business networks, education, research, advocacy, and recognition for individuals and companies. The WOTY event is our flagship platform to recognize leaders in the healthcare industry that support our core purpose to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. We thank you for celebrating in person and in spirit.