A message from HBA Houston President, Emily Hobaugh | HBA

A message from HBA Houston President, Emily Hobaugh

Dear HBA Houston,

On Tuesday, 19 February HBA Houston hosted its inaugural HBA Houston panel discussion, Shoot for the Stars: Success Strategies for Women in Healthcare, at the new InterContinental Houston - Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX. Over 120 attendees, from more than 40 organizations, enjoyed a fabulous evening connecting, reuniting with colleagues and celebrating the strength of the HBA’s growing network here in Houston. 

All in attendance were inspired and encouraged by the candid words of wisdom and insight shared by our panelists. It is an extraordinary gift to peek behind the curtain and into lives and pivotal moments that helped shape these women into the remarkable leaders they are today. Now it is up to each of us to incorporate these learnings into our own professional journey and hold high the torch of success.  




Thank you again to our moderator, Ritu Nadkarni and to all of our panelists for an inspiring evening for all: Barbara Bass, MD, Julie Boom, MD, Dr. Dalya Gayed, Carole Hardin-Oliver RPh, Jessey Thomas, RN, CSMP, MSN, MBA, VP and Suncerria Tillis.

A very special thank you to all of the volunteers on the HBA Houston Shoot for the Stars event executive committee, who made this inspiring event possible: Ashley Scott, Ritu Nadkarni, Yvonne Drew-Alvarez, Shauntell Kelley, Diana Cumbow, Kristin Farber, Allison Smolik, Joan Damon Simon, Katie Jones, Venise Richardson, Debbie Leder, Kawanah Polidore, Arielle Rogg and Adriana Sanchez.

HBA Houston also celebrated volunteers who earned the February 2019 HBA Houston Honored Volunteer Award, Ritu Nadkarni and Joan Damon Simon. Both were nominated for their significant contributions as volunteers for HBA Houston Shoot for the Stars Event executive committee. This event was inspired by Ritu last summer when she envisioned assembling an all-star panel to share their professional journey and wisdom. Ritu did an excellent job as the moderator and many guests commented that it was “one of the best HBA Houston events yet.”. From the very beginning, Joan has been one of HBA Houston’s most active Ambassadors. Often people comment that they have learned about HBA Houston and our events from Joan. The event was a huge success and more first-time event attendees joined us that evening thanks to Joan’s leadership and contributions.




We would also like to recognize our involvement from the Texas Woman’s University (TWU) graduate students, who are pursuing a Master of Health Care Administration: Candice Alexander, Sherin Arar, Lamesha Davis, Phorum Desai, Dilpreet Lidhar and Ramsha Zuberi. Thank you all for your contributions to the success of our event. A very special thank you to Gerald  R. Goodman, MSEE, MHA, DrPH, CCE, TWU professor and program director, Health Care Administration, for the introduction to these incredible TWU graduate students. 

Thank you once again to the InterContinental Houston – Medical Center for making this event possible. Our chapter’s success couldn’t be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the growth and success of the HBA Houston by donating your time, energy and passion. We hope to see everyone at our upcoming HBA Houston events.



Emily W. Hobaugh
HBA Houston president
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