Event recap: “How Big is Your Brave?,” an evening with Jennifer Cook

Top photo from L to R: A full house of attendees take their seats for the “How Big is Your Brave?” presentation; Top right photo, Jennifer Cook shares her experiences as a female executive in healthcare; Bottom left photo, Roche Diagnostics CEO Jack Phillips networks with program attendees Bottom right, HBA member Diana Caldwell asks for input from Ms. Cook during Q&A session


On 19 April, the house was literally packed for one of HBA Indiana's signature event. “How Big is Your Brave?” presented by healthcare executive Jennifer Cook, 2016 HBA Woman of the Year (WOTY), was hosted at the campus of an HBA Corporate Partner Roche Diagnostics. Over 100 attendees turned out for this event to network with their female colleagues in healthcare and hear from Jennifer Cook, a seasoned executive in life sciences. 

The event began with a networking session over hors d’oeuvres, where HBA Indiana and Roche Diagnostic leadership were able to meet and greet a portion of the women in healthcare community personally and professionally. Dr. Erin Albert, 2017 HBA Indiana chapter president, kicked off the formal presentation by sharing a few highlights about the chapter and awarding Tiffini Cook, HBA Indiana immediate past president, and marketing manager for Roche, with the volunteer of the month award for the months of March and April. Erin was then privileged to introduce Roche Diagnostics CEO Jack Phillips as the host. Jack is very passionate about women’s leadership initiatives both at Roche and across the life science industry. He specifically referenced the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) program in place with Roche and how proud he is to support his female employees in their personal and professional development.

Jack then introduced Jennifer Cook, currently global head of clinical operations with Roche in California. Jennifer specifically highlighted her career progression and her story of how, as an introverted perfectionist, she was able to step outside of her comfort zone without changing her core values. She shared her ability to see the value of each individual and how to lead by inclusion. This specific point she believes has helped close the gender parity gap. Another striking point was her highlighting the ability to lead by relinquishing some control. This “bravery” and the breadth and depth of it has enabled her and her teams to achieve much success throughout her tenure with Roche.

Registration is open for the next HBA Indiana event, “Nothing But Networking”, on 18 May. Interested in getting to know other HBA members? Want to feel inspired and empowered? Looking to expand your knowledge of the healthcare industry landscape? This casual networking opportunity will allow you time to discuss suggested industry topics or other areas of interest such as career development, work-life balance among others. Don’t forget to bring your business cards.
On 13 June, HBA Indiana’s will be hosting “Manbassadors: A Man’s Way with a Woman’s Touch” which will feature a panel conversation with four male executives who will share their insights on mentoring and sponsoring women, along with methods and ideas on increasing gender parity movements in their respective organizations and spheres of influence. Click here for more information and to register.
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