The HBA’s 17th Annual Conference drew nearly 1,100 attendees to Philadelphia, Penn., 6-8 November, 2017. Thought leaders representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, hospital, payers and service companies, came together to network, to learn from thought leaders, and to share best practices on how to foster and drive leadership opportunities for women in the industry.
Aligned with the Transforming with GRIT (Gratitude, Resilience, Influence and Tenacity) conference theme were more than three dozen conference offerings. Sessions ranged from a “Channeling Your Inner Grit” mainstage panel discussion with author Fawn Germer to concurrent workshops like “Achieving a Positive Bottom Line” to help drive one of the HBA’s underlying messages “gender parity is a business issue, not a women’s issue.”
Channeling Your Inner Grit panel discussion moderated by Fawn Germer, CEO, Women's Leadership Network
The HBA leveraged the conference platform to recognize stellar women’s leadership initiatives with its annual ACE award. This year, Bristol-Myers Squibb garnered honors for its 3,500 member B-NOW program, and athenahealth earned recognition for their Women’s Leadership Forum, now 1,100 members strong and representing more than 20 percent of their workforce.
Bristol-Myers Squibb and athenahealth being honored with the ACE awards for their stellar internal leadership programs.
Two keynote speakers delivered powerful presentations well-received by attendees. Angela Duckworth, PhD, author of GRIT and a University of Pennsylvania professor, shared her expertise on grit and how it serves as a significant predictor of success, both professionally and personally. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armstrong, America’s first African-American female combat pilot, closed the conference, bringing the crowd to their feet with her “zero to breakthrough” inspirational story.
Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, kicking off the 2017 HBA Annual Conference
Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour reminds the sold out attendance that you have permission to engage