The mission of the Women in Science (WIS) affinity group is to provide women in scientific roles with professional support for their full and equal career advancement, through interactive, empowering, educational, professional development programs and a platform within the HBA organization that welcomes and facilitates their effective networking and collaboration. Our membership includes women with an MD, PhD, PharmD, RN, RPh or other medical/scientific degree and/or includes women from the pharmaceutical sector, biomedical engineering and medical device companies, as well as members from private research institutes, universities and government.
Fundamental differences exist between the professional development needs of women in scientific roles, those with scientific backgrounds in non-traditional roles, and the general HBA membership; this variety of needs is a trend that is mirrored throughout the healthcare industry. There is strong consensus across HBA members with scientific or clinical backgrounds regarding the benefits of programming specific to their needs. These programs provide opportunities to network with successful women in scientific and non-scientific functions, facilitate the development of critical cross-functional skills and provide a broader understanding of the professional options for women scientists in the healthcare industry. Women in scientific roles remain one of the fastest-growing segments within HBA. The Women in Science initiative demonstrates how the HBA has continued to evolve over the last 30 years to better meet the needs of its membership. By providing WIS-specific programming, the HBA creates increased opportunities for participation by members both in and from scientific and clinical roles and backgrounds in the healthcare industry.
Join us for our inaugural free, member-only event and kickoff meeting on 15 November, 2017 where we will network and collaborate to define and structure the future of the organization. Not yet a member of HBA? Join today.
Special thank you to the WIS affinity group start-up team: Elaine Haynes, Elaine Ladd, Jennifer Schoborg, Andrea Briggs, Laura Vitale, Peggy Squires, Su Xiao, and HBA St. Louis board members Jennifer Block, Danielle Burroughs and Kathleen McCarry.
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