Meet Jean Hesch | HBA

Meet Jean Hesch

Jean Hesch
Senior Regional Business Director – East, Genmab

HBA chapter: HBA Pacific Region currently, but will likely change this as I’m now on the East coast
Current role with the HBA: Global Chair, Volunteer Experience

In this new era of leadership, volunteering with the HBA is especially important to me because I have the ability to give back and share my time in the pursuit of elevating women, workplace issues, and supporting those who need mentoring. Women’s voices are being heard, making an impact, and inspiring and influencing the gender narrative. To be a part of this today is a privilege and honor.  

Volunteering has impacted my career by expanding my network and knowledge of issues that impact women, that support women and men, and allows for meaningful ideas, collaboration, and exchange as we continue to address workplace biases and inequality that may still be occurring. 

My favorite HBA event I ever attended was The Art of Unmasking” and the JP Morgan healthcare event that announced the 2020 Woman of the Year in San Francisco. 

Volunteering has expanded my network by broadening my experiences, increasing my awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has afforded me the opportunity to establish meaningful friendships across industry lines with people who share similar ideas and those who think differently than I may not have had the ability to interact with if not for the HBA. 

The most valuable lesson I have learned from a fellow volunteer is we all have valuable and insightful ideas to share and a voice to use. 

My employer encourages me to volunteer for the HBA because they believe in the values of the HBA and support women in the workplace.  

What skills have you acquired or fine-tuned during your time as an HBA volunteer that you feel will help you in this new era of leadership? Patience, resilience, and focus.

I first got involved with the HBA when I heard about it through my past employer, and I wanted to get more involved and meet others outside my organization. I jumped in as a volunteer when I moved to San Francisco and wanted to establish some relationships and personal connections outside of the office. I stay because of the amazing people I get to interact with on a daily basis, regardless of the location. 

I applied for my current role with the HBA because I was moving back to the East coast and did not feel that remaining in a leadership position in the West was fair to those in that time zone and I wanted to remain involved so I looked for roles that inspired me and where I could lend a hand and make an impact.

I volunteer for the United Force for Change because I believe in the mission and the values of the organization, and I want to see progress for women and men in this space. 

What would be your advice to someone thinking about joining or getting more involved with the HBA? Jump in and do it. Whether you have a lot of time or a little, the women and men affiliated with this organization are amazing and work tirelessly to address issues in the workplace, for people personally, and allow for numerous programs to support what you may need.  

Anything else you would like to share? The people I have met through this organization are welcoming, friendly, supportive and all strive to be better people and are always looking for ways to elevate and support others.  

Follow me as I take over the HBA social media accounts on 21 April. 


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