Mentoring | HBA


Registration for the 2022 program has closed.

Check back in the Fall for information on the 2023 program.

A healthy mentoring relationship provides growth opportunities for both mentor and protégé—with the added bonus of enhancing on-the-job performance for the employer. Enhance your professional success through the power of the HBA network. Join us as we further the development of HBA members, and of our industry as a whole, by advancing the presence and influence of women in all sectors of healthcare including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.



Mentors have career and/or professional experience and a willingness to listen and participate in a group discussion. Mentors play facilitator roles by providing guidance, offering feedback, and helping others gain insights to further advance their careers.

Examples of mentors from the past programs include:

  • president of a consulting firm
  • vice president of marketing
  • executive director of therapeutic area research
  • director of commercial product management
  • patent attorney


Mentees have a career and/or professional development goal, or a readiness to work with a mentor to clarify their goal. It is important to keep in mind that this is not a formal networking setting – mentors will not find participants a job, but they will guide and support you along the way as you strive to attain your goals. The HBA mentoring program is mentee-driven, which means mentees drive the conversations and concentrate on the topics/areas that mean the most to them - at the pace that is right for them. 

Examples of mentees from past programs include:

  • scientist
  • marketing analyst
  • commercial finance manager
  • project associate
  • corporate communications associate

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General information about HBA mentoring programs

  • View a map of HBA regions.
  • The 1:1 mentoring model used by the HBA Europe and Canada regions is where one mentor is paired with one mentee. This is an international program and, as such, mentoring tandems usually meet virtually (eg, Skype, Zoom, phone, etc), except where mentoring pairs may be co-located.
  • The group mentoring model is used by HBA regions located in the United States. This is where mentoring takes place in groups (“circles”), with most groups made up of two mentors paired with four mentees. (Circle composition may vary slightly depending on each year’s applicants and their locations, companies, and mentoring areas of focus.)
  • Mentees pay a mentee program fee; this is separate and distinct from HBA annual membership dues.
  • There is no fee for mentors, who volunteer their time and expertise to their mentees and the program.
  • This is a members-only program; both mentors and mentees must be (or become) HBA members to participate.
  • You do not need to be an HBA member to apply; however, if you are accepted into the program and decide to participate, you must become an HBA member prior to the program kickoff event.
  • If you have additional questions, please email


Connectors are Mentoring Program Committee members who reach out to mentoring circles by holding periodic meetings/calls with mentors and mentees to see how individual mentoring circles are functioning. Connectors assist with any issues a mentee, mentor, or group cannot resolve, or identify the need to bring an issue to the Mentoring Program leadership. Connectors are also resources for their circles; they can answer questions and provide help.

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