Announcing the 2018 Woman of the Year, Honorable Mentor and STAR

Women’s Workplace Advocates Set Award-Winning Examples of Promoting Gender Parity in the Healthcare Industry

As workplace misconduct issues and national movements combatting gender biases in the workforce continue to make news, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) is eager to shine a positive light on healthcare industry leaders who are powerful and effective advocates for gender parity in the workplace. The HBA announced its 2018 award recipients during a reception at the 36th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Three healthcare executives were recognized as inspirational role models and applauded by industry leaders.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy and population health and chief patient officer, of Merck & Co., Inc., has been selected as the 2018 Woman of the Year (WOTY); Nick Colucci, chairman and CEO of Publicis Health, is the recipient of the Honorable Mentor award; and Terri Pascarelli, CEO of AIT Bioscience, is recognized with the Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR) award.

“As passionate advocates of gender parity in the workplace, Julie, Nick and Terri have long advocated for the development and advancement of women in the work environment. Their commitment and the sustained impact they have had is a timely and encouraging reminder—that there are many leaders who create and foster healthy and positive corporate cultures. The HBA is proud to acknowledge each of them and their contributions to advancing gender parity,” said Laurie P. Cooke, HBA CEO.

The HBA Woman of the Year (WOTY) award honors a senior executive female whose accomplishments have resulted in significant contributions to the healthcare industry. Dr. Julie Gerberding has been at the forefront of the world’s most pressing population health issues. Her leadership in modernizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earned her recognition as one of Time magazine’s 2004 “100 Most Influential People in the World”.  During her time at Merck, in roles as president of Merck Vaccines, and her current role as chief patient officer and executive vice president, she has mentored dozens of women and championed the development of the Merck Women’s Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) strategy and execution.

Dr. Gerberding will be honored at the 29th Woman of the Year event at the New York Hilton Midtown on Thursday, 3 May where nearly 2,500 leaders from across the industry will attend. The event will also recognize the HBA Honorable Mentor, STAR and nearly 100 Rising Stars and Luminaries from across the spectrum of our industry.

Created in 2001, the Honorable Mentor award recognizes one individual who demonstrates long-term support for the advancement of women in the healthcare industry, has a personal dedication to developing, mentoring and promoting women in the industry, and who has been supportive of the HBA’s goals. As chairman and CEO of Publicis Health, Nick Colucci has successfully advanced gender parity across his organization. He’s recognized as a supportive mentor for women and is frequently cited as an outspoken advocate for workplace inclusion sharing his expertise with industry audiences and trade and business media.

For the last 18 years, the HBA has honored a volunteer who stands apart as a truly exemplary role model and who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to furthering the HBA’s strategic goals with the Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR) award. During her many years of volunteering at the most senior levels of HBA leadership, Terri Pascarelli effectively applied her strategic perspective and business savvy to HBA’s growth and helped set the course and lay the foundation for the organization in place today.

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