Meet HBA Houston’s Operations Director, Lisa Clissold, MSW 

How did you begin your career in healthcare?
My passion for an individual’s development, both personally and professionally and for patient care and quality of life, began before my pharma career. I have a B.S. in Psychology from Sam Houston State University and Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Arizona State University. From the beginning, I always knew that I wanted to work in a helping profession. After more than five years as a hospice social worker, I looked at expanding into other ways of helping people. My love for patient care and a better quality of life transitioned easily into my role in pharmaceutical sales. 

Tell us more about your current role.
I began my pharmaceutical sales career over 20 years ago and just celebrated 15 years with Pfizer as a senior healthcare representative (SHR) in Houston in July 2018 (Wyeth legacy). Along the way, I have enjoyed various field trainer responsibilities and have been a district lead on several internal committees, as well. During my more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, I have worked in sales promoting products within rheumatology, gastroenterology, cardiovascular, pediatrics, OB/GYN, allergy and internal medicine. I have been a four-time national award winner throughout my career and achieved several district and regional awards. 

How did you first learn about the HBA?
Well, I have Pfizer to thank for that. I was first introduced to the HBA through Pfizer’s internal HBA Engagement Newsletter about two years ago. I took the next step to join even before there was a chapter in Houston. I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from the virtual webinars and Career Conversations spotlighting healthcare execs around the country. Then in June 2017, the HBA Houston affiliate was formed, and I attended our first event where nearly 60 people gathered to network. I immediately said "yes" to volunteer as an Ambassador for Pfizer and worked to spread the word about the HBA, while recruiting colleagues to attend events and ultimately join us to help build the HBA presence here in Houston. Within a few months, I took on a board member role as the operations director for HBA Houston. Saying "yes" to the HBA and taking on new roles has led me back to what I have always loved doing - helping people and connecting with others to develop the best in all of us.

From HBA Houston
Lisa Clissold is currently a senior healthcare representative (SHR) in the inflammation and immunology division at Pfizer. She has consistently demonstrated an amazing attitude, enthusiasm and initiative to help HBA Houston grow from the very beginning. Lisa’s initiative and ideas have brought HBA Houston incredible speakers, event sponsorship and many new incredible members. Lisa received the HBA Houston Honored Volunteer award in October 2017 and she was HBA Houston’s Volunteer of the Year for 2017.

Thank you, Lisa, for your dedication to inspire and further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. HBA Houston would not be possible without the contributions of volunteers like Lisa. She is an extraordinary person and volunteer that has played a significant role in building the HBA presence in Houston. We are lucky to have Lisa as part of the team. Contact Lisa.