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Healthcare Businesswomen's Association announces 2012 leadership award winners

The HBA progresses our mission to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide via experiential leadership opportunities. Each year we recognize outstanding volunteers with several awards.

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association progresses our mission to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide via experiential leadership opportunities. Each year we recognize outstanding volunteers with several awards. Here are the 2012 award winners:

President's Award

The President's Award is given to an HBA leader who exemplified effective leadership and dedication to the mission of the HBA and had a measurable impact on the HBA global organization, chapter operations, members and/or corporate partners.

Liz Coyle, GM of commercial research at IMS Health, and vice president of the Greater Philadelphia chapter was given this award in part for her leadership in developing a needs-based, customized HBA Greater Philadelphia chapter on-boarding program. This three-part series of slide presentations and conference call "classrooms" has been extremely helpful assimilating new board members into their specific functional leadership roles. 

Linda DaSilva, director of business development at Priority Solutions International, and director of conference platforms on the HBA board was given this award due to her outstanding leadership for both flagship events, Woman of the Year and the HBA Leadership Conference. The financial implications of successfully running these two flagship events are critical to the sustainable financial health of the HBA, and Linda led both teams to deliver highly successful, well received events. She also created a strong knowledge transfer structure so that future teams learn from the experience of this year's teams.

Innovation Awards

These awards recognize a demonstration of commitment, passion and a drive for results that lead to the creation of a new process, product, service or level of recognition for HBA that has or will have a positive benefit to the association and/or its chapter operations. Two awards, one for an individual and another for a group were presented.

The Individual Innovation Award went to Deb Dominianni, senior marketing manager of Phillips Healthcare and marketing director for the Mid-Atlantic chapter who worked with a stellar team to create the "E.D.G.E.neer Your Career" year-long series of webinars. These innovative webinars taught attendees how to engineer their careers using the findings of the EDGE in Leadership Study. Deb brought Mid-Atlantic chapter programs to the entire HBA with this webinar concept and created a 12-month, rolling communications calendar incorporating digital, print, a chapter newsletter and social media communications.

The Group Innovation Award went to the HBA Southern California chapter led by president Jill Schulman. With the goal to grow both demographically and geographically the chapter board developed a regional structure as a pilot program to develop a scalable way for all HBA chapters to obtain geographic expansion and better serve their members.

Council of Chapter Presidents' Award

This award is intended to recognize an individual who has demonstrated consistent leadership that directly progressed the Council of Chapter Presidents' (CCP) agenda, fostered collaboration throughout the council, and brought best practices to fruition across chapters.

Judy Klein, owner of in-Klein consulting and president of the Greater Philadelphia chapter was honored with this award because of her initiative creating an account management tool and sharing best practices for its optimal utilization. Adopted by her chapter board, the CCP and volunteers across the HBA, it has increased communication and collaboration.

Chapter Excellence Award

This award is to acknowledge an entire chapter board that has excelled in an area of chapter operations that exceeded the HBA's membership and/or financial targets and the chapter's own expectations. This year two chapters were selected: Boston and Research Triangle Park (RTP). Both of these chapters achieved excellence in membership recruitment and retention, programming innovation and attendance, engagement and sharing throughout the HBA, and maintained strong financial health.

HBA Boston chapter
The HBA Boston chapter has grown to become the premier organization for career development for women in healthcare in Boston. They launched initiatives that support the goals of sustained membership and growth through diversification including:

  • Executive Women's Series – Executive women build their networks and gain industry knowledge.
  • Ambassador program – Companies with 15 or more members (including Shire, Vertex and Millennium) now have ambassadors to help the HBA come alive in the daily work environment.
  • Volunteer engagement program – The initiative trained board directors to assess and leverage the talent on their committees. This sustains chapter members by engaging them in meaningful volunteer work and gets them talking about the value of the HBA with others in their network.
  • Healthcare Forum –Debuting in 2012, the Healthcare Forum will be an annual, cross-functional event where women can meet women from different industries, and hear the latest on the evolution of the healthcare industry. This event had attendance 330% higher than the average attendance for chapter events, a net profit rate double the average and unprecedented media coverage.

Congratulations to the Boston chapter board:

Executive committee
President: Keri Collette
President-elect: Patricia Riordan
Vice-president: Nicolette Sherman
Secretary: Kimberlee Kossover Hansen
Treasurer: Patty Allen
Immediate past president: Liz Paulson

Directors at large
Corporate relations: Bonnie Fendrock
Marketing: Susan Newlin, PhD
Market research: Courtney Buzzell
Membership: Bonnie Lappin
New initiatives: Amy Weickert
Programs: Alicia Gómez-Yafal, Lisa Lallos, Valerie Philippon, MJ Roach
Special projects: Joanne Kamens, PhD
Volunteer engagement: Susan McPherson

Research Triangle Park (RTP)
The chapter achieved their 2012 membership growth and retention goals, had 48% of members volunteer, and has the highest satisfaction and loyalty index of all chapters as per the HBA member satisfaction survey. The chapter board is actively engaged throughout the HBA at all levels. They created a system to improve knowledge sharing, skill building, communications and access to thought leaders to serve their chapter members and Corporate Partners located in the chapter region. The RTP board created a unique chapter culture where volunteerism is an honor, not a duty. They constantly demonstrated commitment to the HBA and embodied HBA radical hospitality.

Congratulations to the RTP chapter board:

Executive Committee
President: Lorra Gosselin
President-elect: Nina Lahanis
Vice-president: Chelsea MacMeekin
Secretary: Nannette Stangle-Castor, PhD
Treasurer: Jenny Brews
Immediate past president: Julia Amadio

Directors at large
Advisory board: Deborah Roth
Corporate relations: Nancy Shepherd, PhD
Marketing: Lilly Ferrick
Market research: Gabriella Cruze
Membership: Lesa Melvin
Mentoring: Mora Melican
Programs: Marion Jervay, Schanel Mize
Volunteer engagement: Patricia Ensor

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