HBA Pacific Region Primed for 2019 It was a big year for the HBA Pacific region, highlighted with lots of growth and after more than 10 years, the Annual Conference returns to the Pacific region. HBA Central sat down with HBA Pacific region president, regional marketing and communications council, Shelley Snow to talk about the expansion of the HBA in 2018 and what to look forward to in 2019. HBA: In addition to significant growth this year, it was just announced that the 2019 Annual Conference will be held in San Diego. How excited is everyone and what does this mean for the future of the HBA Pacific region? SS: It will be 10 years since the Annual Conference has been on the West Coast so we’re thrilled to host next year’s event. The healthcare industry in the Pacific region is extremely entrepreneurial and innovative. We plan to leverage those aspects as well as our diversity and, especially, our inclusiveness, which we believe is embraced to the fullest in the West. Plus, San Diego is a great place to be in early November. As we move into 2019, we liken the HBA Pacific region to what we desire in a great talent pool– up and comers, solid middle management and established legacy who know the ropes. We have that range across our chapters and affiliates, from well-established chapters such as HBA San Francisco to newcomers like HBA Seattle. As we continue to grow across the region, we will embrace our diversity and continue to learn from each other. HBA: Anything else happening that we should know about? SS: It was great to get the 2019 strategic plan update at the Leadership Summit as we finalize our vision statement. With a clear, agreed upon vision aligned to Central, the region will be able to leverage the uniqueness of the West and accelerate the mission of the HBA—achieving gender parity in leadership positions, facilitating career and business connections, and providing effective practices that enable organizations to realize the full potential of their female talent. Winter 2018  |  43 RADICAL HOSPITALITY | PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT | BUSINESS GROWTH | INCLUSION As 2018 comes to a close and we look to ring in 2019, we acknowledge that we’ve begun a new chapter in our history by implementing HBA Next, giving us all something to celebrate. The HBA Midwest region faced the transition head on, ending the year with a sense of accomplishment and gratification. We built our regional council, implemented new programs and processes, and have set the framework for our future success, elevating women in healthcare. Two of our chapters, HBA St. Louis and HBA Indianapolis, are also celebrating milestones and both delivering amazing achievements. Coming up on their 10-year anniversary, HBA St. Louis continues to be the focal point for many women in its metropolitan area. Recently, they hosted the third annual Healthcare Accomplishment Recognition Award (HCARA) luncheon, recognizing eight outstanding women, each with a record of achievement and leadership. HBA St. Louis plans to showcase their 10-year anniversary by integrating awareness of chapter history, member recognition and special events in their 2019 programming schedule. HBA Indianapolis is wrapping up their 15-year anniver- sary, leading noteworthy programming and setting the standard for development of their membership. They hosted our first regional council strategy session at Eli Lilly headquarters in October, where past presidents were honored at a celebratory dinner. HBA Indianapolis also hosted Accelerating Women in Leadership Through Gender Partnership featuring the 2016 HBA Honorable Mentor Jacopo Leonardi. HBA Midwest is proud of these chapters and all the amazing volunteers that have contributed to our success- es to date. As we wrap up 2018, join us in celebrating together what we’ve done, whom we’ve lifted up and what we are poised to achieve in 2019. HBA MIDWEST REGION CELEBRATES TWO MAJOR MILESTONES Cheers to HBA St. Louis and HBA Indianapolis CHAPTERS UNITE WITH A REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL Best Practices from the HBA Pacific Region When the HBA Pacific region was launched in January of this year, our leadership agreed to establish a regional advisory council to help inform and guide our activities. Today, the HBA Pacific regional advisory board (RAB) consists of over a dozen leaders—both men and women at the vice president or C-suite level—mir- roring the diversity of our region and including representatives from throughout the healthcare ecosystem including: Allergan, Amgen, Arivale, BD, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Deloitte, Genentech, Health Perspectives Group, Hologic, Illumina, JNJ Medical Device, MannKind Corporation, Nanostring, Providence St. Joseph Health, Roche Diagnostics and Unlimited Performance Training. The advisors meet quarterly by phone to receive an update on regional progress, provide feedback on a variety of chapter-specific operational and strategic questions and help us shape regional programming efforts. The RAB was particularly useful in helping us customize our gender parity offering at the regional level, as well as assisting in the creation of a new 2019 signature regional offering on precision medicine which will allow us to showcase the full spectrum of companies contributing to the next evolution of healthcare delivery. The RAB has played an important part in helping us bring the promise of the HBA Pacific region to our members. “In a very short period of time, our regional advisors have proven to be an invaluable resource to our region,” said Teresa Graham who serves as the director responsible for RAB activities. “We would not be where we are today without them.” Regional HIGHLIGHTS 42  | HBAdvantage