More than 40 years ago, the HBA began as a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in healthcare. Since then, we have evolved our mission, noted below, to define precisely what we mean by advancement—and how we mean to achieve it. In doing so, we push ourselves forward with a clear and shared purpose, and we hold ourselves accountable with a relentless focus on measuring our gender parity progress as a United Force for Change.
Today, we are a global community of individuals and organizations from across the healthcare and life sciences industry committed to:
- Achieving gender parity in leadership positions: Our members, volunteers and nearly 150 corporate partners are moving the needle on gender parity. In 2019, 93 percent of our members said they had advanced in their careers since joining the HBA, and 70 percent of our volunteers said serving as an HBA volunteer helped them demonstrate leadership skills. Further, data shows that women at companies that have joined our Gender Parity Collaborative are better represented at all leadership levels—from the first step of manager up to the C-suite.
- Facilitating career and business connections: Our community is continuing to build connections at all levels—from local events to global conferences to online networks. In 2019, we held 419 events with a total of 22,103 registrants. Meanwhile, our LinkedIn community grew by 97 percent. And 69 percent of our volunteers said serving as an HBA volunteer has helped build their network.
- Providing effective practices that enable organizations to realize the full potential of their female talent: Our members are building the skills, confidence and relationships they need to become stronger leaders. Nearly 1,000 HBA members took part in our mentoring programs this year, gaining key growth opportunities as both mentors and mentees. And 81 percent of our nearly 500 volunteers said they’ve taken on a new role, moved to a new function or taken on a new significant challenge since joining the HBA.
We continue to work to accomplish our mission through strong business networks, education, research, advocacy, and recognition for individuals and companies.
Three decades after we introduced the world of healthcare to the first HBA Woman of the Year (WOTY), we are better poised than ever to inspire, grow and connect the next generation of inspirational women leaders and achieve gender parity.