A Conversation with HBA Seattle Volunteer Rob Lane

Rob is a vaccines specialist with Pfizer and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 15 years. Rob also holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and worked in that field prior to entering the world of healthcare.

Q: Rob, what do you like about your current role?
A: I love my job at Pfizer, and as a vaccines specialist, I am able to be a steward of public health. Treating disease is so important, but being able to prevent disease is very motivating. I hope to continue working with Pfizer and in vaccines, as long as I can.

Q: Why is it important for men to be involved with the HBA and support gender parity in the workplace?
A: As a man, I feel privileged to be part of the HBA. I am so impressed with the level of expertise and industry experience of the leadership and members of our Seattle affiliate. I am excited to be involved in the transition from affiliate to full chapter status. I know it is only a matter of time before we become one of the largest and most active chapters in the HBA. Gender parity in the workplace is such an important topic and it is a shame that it is even an issue in the 21st century. That’s why I feel a sense of urgency to help make progress in this area and why it’s important for men to speak out and be active in our support.

Q: How can HBA membership benefit both men and women alike?
A: Gender parity benefits us all. We need to live in a society where the best qualified person is chosen for a job and where there is equality in terms of both pay and opportunities. Gender parity makes a society wealthier, improves freedom of choice for the individual, and can strengthen families. Being a member of the HBA gives both men and women a voice to make real progress toward this worthy goal.

Q: You have a 21-year old daughter. What is your hope for her and other young women starting their careers?
A: My daughter is just finishing her professional healthcare training and will be entering the workforce this fall. Her mother and I raised her in an atmosphere of gender equality in our home, but unfortunately she will probably experience gender parity issues in her professional life. Any way that I can help reduce inequality for her as a woman, is something in which I must take an active role. This is the driving force for my participation in the HBA.