HBA Southwest Proudly Recognizes Emily Hobaugh with the LEAD Award

The HBA Southwest region recently presented the highest honor an HBA volunteer can be given at the regional level, the Leadership, Excellence and Dedication (LEAD) award, to Emily Hobaugh. Nominated for her commitment and countless contributions as an exemplary volunteer for the HBA, Emily has demonstrated exceptional initiative and has personified leadership in building the HBA Houston affiliate and managing the architecture of the newly formed HBA Houston chapter over the past year and a half.

Emily's natural leadership, strategic thinking and intuition for community-creation are among her many strengths. Her exceptional ability to envision, strategize and execute events that bring value to HBA members has spurred the HBA Houston affiliate to become the thriving chapter that it is today. Her drive and instinct for cultivating relationships with numerous and varied corporate sponsors and local healthcare organizations have significantly increased membership and sponsorship, catapulting the HBA Houston chapter to among the fastest growing in the nation.

Emily's insistence on excellence and inclusion has created an environment that fosters professional development and growth. Her impact on the cohesion of the community of healthcare professionals in Houston is solid and will continue as a structure to elevate all those involved. Emily embodies the empowered woman, empowering women.

We thank Emily for her unwavering drive to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare and for being our guiding star for our mission here in Houston, Texas. Email Emily.

Emily Hobaugh is a senior regional business manager, gi rare disease at Takeda (formerly Shire) and HBA Houston president. She also serves as a board member of the HBA Southwest regional council. Emily would describe herself as a continuous learner, who is passionate about professional development and creating opportunities for others to connect and grow by mentoring colleagues and participating on leadership committees with the HBA and G.R.O.W., Takeda's field women's network; such as G.R.O.W. IM HBA Field Lead, G.R.O.W. Neuroscience Steering Committee, Neuroscience Sales Advisory Team, the HBA Virtual Programs Committee, and the HBA Women's Healthcare Innovation & Leadership Showcase (WHILS) Executive Committee in NYC. Emily has received numerous honors in her career including President's Club, Vice President's Club and Regional MVP.

A firm believer that volunteering is the best reward, Emily is an active volunteer for the Special Olympics Bowling Team and in the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games in New Jersey. She says that among her most memorable experiences was being a camp counselor at Serious Fun, a camp for children with rare diseases.

Emily graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in textiles and graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Maryland - University College with a master's in business management, specializing in project management. She is a world traveler who has been all over six continents, although among her favorite things to do is to spend time with her eight nieces and nephews back home in North Carolina.