Frequently asked questions

In the interest of protecting the health and welfare of registered attendees, the Woman of the Year, the Salute to the Stars and other related activities originally planned for New York will not be taking place this year. The 2020 Building Better Business Connections (3BC) is being re-imagined into a virtual event and will be rescheduled in the back half of the year. Eligible corporate partners will receive a separate communication with 3BC details in the corporate partner HBAddsValue newsletter.

While we will have to wait to enjoy our Woman of the Year celebration until next year, we have consulted with peers and experts cross-industry to re-imagine a celebration that could match the feeling that Woman of the Year inspires.

The HBA is proud to introduce Illuminate 2020, a bold new signature event inspired by our commitment to recognizing our industry and its amazing leaders as we convene our community virtually during this challenging time.

The premiere Illuminate features conversations with accomplished and inspiring figures in healthcare and the life sciences who will discuss innovation and breakthroughs, agility in action, effective collaboration and game-changing milestones which fuel our pride in our industry.  

This dynamic program will offer individuals and companies alike a unique opportunity to come together to engage and interact with featured speakers and network in real time among HBA’s United Force for Change community.

Illuminate 2020 is this Spring’s can’t-miss industry program showcasing the extraordinary impact of leaders and our partner companies during these anything-but-ordinary times.

The HBA is inspired to illuminate the extraordinary among us.

Join us on 29 May from 11:00 AM– 1:00 PM ET for the inaugural Illuminate event. 

All reservations must be cancelled with the New York Marriott Marquis directly by calling +1 (212) 398-1900 no later than 72 hours prior to previously scheduled arrival to avoid penalty. The HBA will not cancel hotel reservations for any Woman of the Year attendee.

The HBA will automatically transfer your 2020 table/seat purchase(s) towards participation at the 2021 HBA Woman of the Year. This transfer secures your spot, at 2020 pricing, for 2021 HBA Woman of the Year and will be subject to 2021 cancellation fees and policies.

Outstanding payments must be received on or before 31 May 2020 or the table(s)/individual seat(s) will be cancelled and refunds issued based on the current event cancellation policy.  

For those who wish to cancel their table(s)/individual seat(s):

Email Customer Support the completed the cancellation form no later than 29 April 2020.

  • Refunds, minus the $150 USD per table/$15 USD per individual seat cancellation administrative fee, will be issued based on the original method of payment within 30 days of receipt.
  • Your table(s)/seat(s) will be placed back into inventory for 2021.
  • Future table/seat sales are subject to availability, 2021 HBA Woman of the Year table prices and 2021 cancellation polices.

With no live event in New York, we will not be offering virtual access to the award ceremony. All virtual licenses (individual and company) will be issued a full refund of the purchase price on the original method of payment within 30 days. If you do not receive your refund, please contact HBA Customer Service.

While we won’t be hosting Woman of the Year this year, we have created a bold new virtual program with opportunities for greater reach and visibility for our sponsors. We encourage you to maintain your sponsorship and support of the HBA during this very challenging time. Your account manager will arrange an appointment to discuss the details of the new sponsorship packages and share the options for your continued support. In the event our new plans don’t meet your expectations, we will provide a refund of payments received to the original method of payment.

The HBA will still produce a commemorative program to honor our 2020 Rising Stars and Luminaries and it will be made available digitally for an even larger distribution. More details will be communicated within the next few weeks.

We will continue to honor Rising Stars and Luminaries to be sure you receive the recognition you deserve. Rising Stars and Luminaries, together with corporate partner liaisons, will be receiving separate communications as plans are finalized.

No. We are not opening up any new sales for Woman of the Year at this time. We will open registration for the 2021 HBA Woman of the Year in early 2021. At that time, any/all available inventory will be made available for purchase. 

Like the world at large, we are all in uncharted territory and so we appreciate your patience as we address unprecedented issues as they arise.