Conference schedule

All events take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis unless otherwise specified.

Tuesday, November 3

10:00 AM - 7:30 PM Registration open
3:00 – 4:30 PM        HBA leadership networking event (by invitation only)                  
5:00 – 5:45 PM

HBA chapter receptions

sponsored bySJU


6:00 – 8:00 PM Influence and Impact opening reception


Wednesday, November 4

6:00 - 7:00 AM


Morning walk or run: Join attendees for an informal walk or run to start the day.
This is a great way to get more steps in our on site Step Challenge
and to meet fellow HBA members who have participated in the challenge this summer and fall.

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration open

7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast

7:00 - 8:00 AM 

Rising Star and Luminary Breakfast (by invitation only)

sponsored by 

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Main Stage presentation

Keynote "World Class Teams" with Robyn Benincasa

10:00 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

Workshop session #1

Executive Women’s Forum track sponsored by

12:30 – 2:00 PM

Main Stage presentation and lunch

Glen de Vries, president and co-founder, Medidata

Pat Furlong, founding president, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Cynthia LaConte, CEO, F. Dohmen Co

Sharon Melnick,PhD, CEO, Horizon Point Inc

ACE award presentation. Congratulations to Roche Diagnostics' WLI

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Poster session, networking activities and exhibits

Poster session sponsored by Quintiles

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Workshop session #2

Executive Women’s Forum track sponsored by

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Women in Science (WIS) networking reception

Sponsored by

7:30 – 9:30 PM Dinner on your own or group dine arounds (optional and additional fee)

 Thursday, November 5

6:00 - 7:00 AM


7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration open

7:00 - 8:15 AM

Leadership Connections: Breakfast with executives (programing starts at 7:15 AM)

Sponsored by

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Workshop session #3

Executive Women’s Forum track sponsored by

10:00 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

Main Stage presentation

Panel: Male perspectives on women getting (and staying) in seats of influence in healthcare

Moderated by Gail Evans, former EVP at CNN and author of “Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman.”

Panelists include:

Nick Colucci, chief executive officer, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group

Brian Goff, EVP and president hematology, Baxalta

Rob Moverely, regional vice president, operations – west region, Quest Diagnostics

Stuart Sowder, PharmD, JD, HBA 2015 Honorable Mentor and vice president

of external medical communications, Pfizer


Note: This draft agenda is provided for your travel planning purposes. The conference planning Committee reserves the right to make adjustments to this agenda based on speaker schedules. An updated agenda will be provided here prior to the conference.