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The 2022 HBA Annual Conference will offer four keynotes for you to be inspired by courageous and forward-thinking leaders who embody the skillsets and mindsets that are critical for the advancement of women in the business of healthcare.

One more keynote to be announced

Why Gender-Balanced Leadership is Essential for Advancing Health Equity

Wednesday, 2 November - 9:00 AM ET

Known for her passion and advocacy for health equity, Dr. Powell will open the 2022 HBA Annual Conference with three bold challenges for conference attendees. The first of these challenges is to invest in the development and advancement of diverse women, who play a critical role in advancing inclusivity in healthcare. The next challenge is to provide leadership that elevates diverse voices and positions community needs as central to health equity efforts. Recognizing that passion does not exempt leaders from burnout, the final challenge is to commit to health and well-being as a strategy for providing effective leadership that contributes to the important goals of health equity. She will offer these challenges through the lens of her roles at Takeda and in the community and will share experiences, insights, and strategies to motivate attendees to be bold and courageous.

Dr. Lauren Powell
Vice President, US Health Equity & Community Wellness, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
President & CEO of The Equitist, LLC

Engaging Male Allies: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy

Thursday, 3 November 3 - 4:15 PM ET

What is your company doing to engage men to create an inclusive workplace that supports gender equity? The 2021 McKinsey Women in the Workforce study found that only 14 percent of companies are doing allyship training. Since men still represent 75 percent of leadership at the 423 companies McKinsey surveyed, Jeffery Halter suggests that it is a given that we will never drive long-term systemic advancement for women without active male allyship. “Simply put,” he offers, “until we engage more men in diversity and inclusion initiatives, the status quo will continue in the workplace.” He further suggests that allyship is about proactive action. It’s a skill to be learned and honed in on to change the status quo and create inclusive workplaces. He will share with attendees a deeply internalized approach to gender equity, with a lens of intersectionality and sense of urgency that will drive a competitive advantage in the workplace and marketplace.   

Jeffery Tobias Halter
Gender Strategist | Consultant | Speaker | Author

The Future of Leadership is Un-Leadership

Thursday, 3 November 3 - 9:00 AM ET

What is considered as leadership today? Often, nothing more than a destructive set of obsolete behaviors that harm individuals and societies, and that must be reinvented. Instead of perpetuating a top-down hierarchical hegemony, it is time we collectively empower ourselves to lead together. The author of the newly released Dare to Un-Lead: The Art of Relational Leadership in a Fragmented World, Celine Schillinger explains how values such as liberty, equality, and community make this transformation possible. And how they make total business sense. Celine’s long experience as a woman leader, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, and her award-winning innovations in global community engagement make her lessons particularly relevant to members of the HBA community. Get ready to be inspired!

Celine Schillinger
Founder and CEO, We Need Social

Inclusion on Purpose: How Leaders Create a Culture of Belonging 

Thursday, 3 November - 3:00 PM ET

In a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, inclusive leadership is the #1 skill practiced by innovative leaders. Learn how to develop the skills and mindset required to become a more inclusive leader, from Ruchika Tulshyan, author of the critically-acclaimed Inclusion on Purpose, called "a transformative book" by Dr. Brené Brown.
Ruchika has advised leaders across the globe on how to create lasting inclusion and equity in their organizations. As her research demonstrates, inclusive leadership requires intentional awareness, unrelenting commitment, and uncomfortable growth to creating opportunities where everyone can thrive. Walk away from Ruchika's inspiring closing keynote with tactical actions and a lifelong commitment to catalyzing inclusion and equity in your workplace and in your life.

Ruchika Tulshyan
Author of Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work


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