Letter from the HBA Orange County President

On March 19, 2018, HBA Orange County became the newest HBA affiliate in the Pacific Region. We are thrilled to welcome you and offer the HBA experience to the community. Whether you’ve been part of the HBA or are new to us, we look forward to bringing HBA value to Orange County and know you will greatly benefit from our association. Orange County is home to more than 45,000 life sciences professionals and hundreds of both large and emerging healthcare-focused organizations including medical device, diagnostics, biopharma, research, PBMs and provider networks such as:

Ambry Genetics (Konica Minolta)
Alcon (Novartis)
Avanir Pharma 
Bausch & Lomb  (Valeant)
B. Braun
Beckman Coulter
Edwards Lifesciences 
Experian Health
Hoag Hospital
Irvine Scientific 
JNJ (Medical Devices and Vision) 

Not only is the business of healthcare growing in Orange County, but so is HBA Orange County's membership and opportunities for involvement. We are looking for members who want to take a more active role in our young affiliate and share our passion for the HBA's mission of gender parity. Reach out to HBA Orange County leaders via our website to become more involved in the HBA or to bring HBA programs to your Orange County company.

Board lead/general manager - Elle Hamilton (Syneos Health)
Director of programs - Kristin Lowery, PhD
Director of marketing and communications - Laurie Hurt
Director of membership - Jenna Mons 
Operations lead and mentoring liaison – Meghan Barden (Rhythm)
Manbassador lead – Humberto Huerta (MNG Labs)

The affiliate board is working closely with HBA Central to build a strong presence in the region and encourage members at any level of their careers to participate locally. The HBA accomplishes its mission through strong business networks, education, research, advocacy and recognition for individuals and companies. “We listened to our Orange County members and are planning exciting local programs for the year, including a speed networking events,” said HBA Orange County general manager, Elle Hamilton. “We will also institute an Orange County Manbassador Program to get more male executives involved in the HBA and become vocal and active gender allies. Finally, we are pleased to welcome Allergan as our newest corporate partner. With our partners and expanding membership, the potential for HBA Orange County is immense and together we can further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare.” 

We look forward to welcoming you at our next event and encourage you to contact our board members according to your area of interest for volunteer opportunities:

  • Programs and events committee (contact Kristin Lowery to help plan and execute local events
  • Marketing committee (contact Laurie Hurt to help increase awareness of HBA and our events through communications and social media)
  • Membership committee (contact Jenna Mons to help drive innovation and engagement in membership)