How Quintiles is realizing value from the HBA’s Corporate Partner Program

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The HBA’s Corporate Partner Program has been in place for 22 years and continues to attract support from leading healthcare companies. Currently, more than 125 companies take advantage of this program to demonstrate their commitment to advancing women’s careers in the healthcare industry. The many benefits to companies supporting the HBA Corporate Partner Program ranges from industry visibility to networking opportunities to empowered employees. These benefits are real and tangible. Quintiles is the first and only HBA Corporate Partner in the biopharmaceutical service provider industry. Over the years, the HBA has guided Quintiles on its journey to establish a corporate culture that inspires women to take advantage of leadership opportunities and has served as a sounding board as Quintiles established its own internal women’s professional network – the Women Inspired Network (WIN).

Written by Deepa Dahal, Quintiles

The HBA’s Corporate Partner Program has been in place for 22 years and continues to attract support from leading healthcare companies. Currently, more than 125 companies take advantage of this program to demonstrate their commitment to advancing women’s careers in the healthcare industry. The many benefits to companies supporting the HBA Corporate Partner Program ranges from industry visibility to networking opportunities to empowered employees. These benefits are real and tangible. Quintiles is the first and only HBA Corporate Partner in the biopharmaceutical service provider industry. Over the years, the HBA has guided Quintiles on its journey to establish a corporate culture that inspires women to take advantage of leadership opportunities and has served as a sounding board as Quintiles established its own internal women’s professional network – the Women Inspired Network (WIN).

Of the Corporate Partner Program, Marianne Fray, director of corporate development at the HBA, says, “The Corporate Partner Program provides local and global organizations with targeted resources that drive positive business results. Our network of 15 chapters in the US and Europe is led by passionate volunteer leaders who collaboratively work with our board and staff to deliver award-winning leadership and recognition programming – in-person and virtual. Corporate Partners choose their level of engagement with the HBA to help grow their leaders. These leaders bring back valuable experiences to their organizations that help them drive better business results. It is definitely a win-win situation for the Corporate Partner and the HBA.”

Quintiles has been a Corporate Partner with the HBA for over eight years and currently leverages the Gold package to provide targeted leadership development opportunities to Quintiles colleagues. The Gold package includes valued benefits such as access to the Building Better Business Connections (3BC) community, complimentary memberships and Leadership Conference registrations, as well as participation in the widely acclaimed Rising Star recognition program held at the Woman of the Year event. While many people within Quintiles are actively engaged with the HBA, Daryl Gaugler, SVP of commercialization at Quintiles and a member of the HBA Metro chapter advisory board, and Susan Hundley, director of HMS nursing at Quintiles and the company’s HBA liaison, have been instrumental in strengthening Quintiles’ relationship with the HBA Metro chapter and leveraging opportunities within WIN.

A driving factor for the creation of WIN is that since Quintiles is made up of 65% female employees, the company wanted to ensure that these women have the leadership competencies to advance their careers to the highest levels at Quintiles. Recognizing that the HBA has significant experience in helping organizations create and optimize their women’s networks, Susan says, “Many of us who were part of the HBA wanted to leverage it to bring this kind of resource into our own organization.” Through discussions with and input from other HBA members – from organizations including Quest, Merck, Pfizer, EMD Serono, J&J and Novartis – Quintiles had a head start when creating WIN. Hundley comments, “We met each other through the HBA. If it wasn’t for the connections and the networks and the informal discussions we held, WIN may not be as strong today [as it is].”

Today, WIN and the HBA partner very closely to strengthen both organizations. Membership in WIN has grown from 100 women to more than 560 within two years. A key objective of WIN is to leverage the values and tools provided by the HBA to bring benefits to Quintiles. WIN is also starting to sponsor HBA events, raising awareness and enabling networking with both internal colleagues as well as industry members.

Daryl is quick to explain that the Quintiles WIN-HBA partnership benefits both organizations tremendously, saying, “The key to the relationship with the HBA for Quintiles has to be as much about what we give as what we get – that’s the only way we’ll grow as a group.” He specifies that the value this partnership provides the HBA includes corporate sponsorship, insights to the HBA from the service sector standpoint and innovative ideas from WIN committees to help the HBA improve recruitment, retention, membership and participation. In return, Quintiles benefits by providing women a tremendous opportunity to be exposed to and to share new ideas as well as participate in development, leadership and networking opportunities.

The benefits of WIN and its relationship with the HBA are not limited just to women – rather, it strengthens the entire organization. Susan explains, “We’re hoping that exposing men to HBA helps them understand how to work better with women both as managers and as peers. We’re not just a women’s organization; the partnership helps develop women and creates diversity of thought.” Daryl adds, “The ability Quintiles has for HBA members to come to Quintiles [for various events] helps both male and female employees become part of something larger than themselves and part of a broader organization.”

At the HBA Metro chapter, Daryl and Susan work closely with Adrienne Robinson, director of business development of Alliance Management at Merck and the HBA Metro chapter’s corporate relations director. At a recent HBA-Quintiles WIN collaborative Lunch and Learn event (Oct. 18th), Adrienne informed Quintiles employees that membership in the HBA offers opportunities for women to “Take charge of [their] careers” by providing them opportunities for education, development of leadership skills, experiences and advocacy. About participation in the HBA, she states, “You’ll get more out of it than what you give and it will be a great experience.”

In terms of the advice Quintiles has for other companies considering Corporate Partnership of the HBA, Susan offers, “There is a strong correlation between women in leadership and organizational excellence. The HBA and Quintiles’ WIN have helped us develop strong women leaders, furthering our commitment to organizational excellence.  It’s a win-win for all of us.”

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